GitLab compared to other DevOps tools

Red Hat Ansible vs GitLab

Ansible is an automation language and tool that can be used for configuration management and infrastructure provisioning. It enables deployment and maintenance of state for large scale infrastructure. Ansible excels as managing legacy infrastructure like physical servers and VMs. Although Ansible provides container support with Docker integration, Ansible does not implement Kubernetes natively and instead relies on a module to support Kubernetes.

GitLab is a single appliation for the whole DevOps lifecylce that includes not only configuration management, but also capabilities for proejct management, source code management, CI/CD, and monitoring. GitLab is designed for Kubernetes and cloud native applications.

GitLab can be used together with Ansible to enable VM and bare metal configuration management. For Cloud Native applications run on Kubernetes, Anisble is not required and GitLab can provide all the functionality natively.

FEATURES

AD / LDAP integration

Sync groups, manage SSH-keys, manage permissions, authentication and more. You can manage an entire GitLab instance through the LDAP / AD integration.

More information about AD / LDAP integration

Granular user roles and flexible permissions

Manage access and permissions with five different user roles and settings for external users. Set permissions according to people’s role, rather than either read or write access to a repository. Don’t share the source code with people that only need access to the issue tracker.

Learn more about User Roles

Cloud Native

GitLab and its CI/CD is Cloud Native, purpose built for the cloud model. GitLab can be easily deployed on Kubernetes and used to deploy your application to Kubernetes with support support out of the box.

Kubernetes integration

Auto DevOps

Auto DevOps brings DevOps best practices to your project by automatically configuring software development lifecycles by default. It automatically detects, builds, tests, deploys, and monitors applications.

Read more about Auto DevOps in the documentation

Deploy Boards

GitLab Premium ships with Deploy Boards offering a consolidated view of the current health and status of each CI/CD environment running on Kubernetes. The status of each pod of your latest deployment is displayed seamlessly within GitLab without the need to access Kubernetes.

Learn more about Deploy Boards

Canary Deployments

GitLab Enterprise Edition Premium can monitor your Canary Deployments when deploying your applications with Kubernetes.

Learn more about configuring Canary Deployments

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