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How did you deploy software before using Octopus?
Entirely manual. Configs were maintained by operations. A build would get dumped into a network location and then someone would have to log in to each server of the cluster to manually take the server out of load balancing, stop IIS, copy the build to the right place, copy the configs and then start IIS, warm the server up with some smoke tests and then finally add back to load balancing. This applied for both test and production environments. It took a long time (1hr+), was prone to human error, consumed at least one person for the duration and if there were any issues it was really hard and expensive to roll back.
How was Octopus able to help?
Before Octopus Deploy we were manually copying builds of our website to our servers whenever we wanted to deploy a change. This meant that deployments were never trivial and there was always a risk of human error, deploying a release to production was always an event within the team. Octopus Deploy pretty much solved those issues by automating all the steps and deployments are quite trivial now. It has definitely helped us grow over the years as deploying a change is trivial once the pipeline is setup and we can focus on delivering to the business.
We've been overhauling our internal infrastructure and back-end systems over the past month, including a move back to full @OctopusDeploy deployments; rediscovering how nice it is to have a platform-agnostic orchestrator that can deploy practically anything, anywhere ❤Nicholas Blumhardt