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Octopus Deploy versus Harness

See why hundreds of enterprises choose Octopus over Harness.

Features

Octopus versus Harness feature comparison

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The hosted version of each platform.

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Where you install a self-hosted instance of the platform.

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Overall customer satisfaction scores from Gartner Peer Insights. We update these scores when we notice changes, but you can click the score to see the latest rating.

Gartner score 4.6 / 5

Gartner score 4.1 / 5

Deploy to many customers or groups of customers without duplicating deployment or project processes.

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Automate routine and emergency IT operations tasks. Provide a self-service approach for teams with relevant access.

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Support for container hosting platforms like Kubernetes, Amazon EKS and ECS, Azure AKS, and Google GKE.

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Support for platforms like Windows, Linux, and ARM VMs.

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ITSM integrations for Jira and ServiceNow allow efficient change-management approvals.

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Control what users can do in projects and environments with role assignments and scoping.

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See who did what and when with detailed audit logs.

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DORA metrics (like deployment frequency, lead time, failure rate, and mean time to recovery) offer insight into your DevOps performance.

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Offers flexibility to do more than what's available in the product's UI.

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Deploy to and manage across your infrastructure without hard-coding or manually updating settings.

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An operations framework that applies DevOps methodologies to infrastructure automation.

Not out of the box

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A deployment pattern that delivers releases to a handful of targets before a full rollout.

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Templates submitted by customers that help make processes easier to set up.

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Build your deployment process in the platform UI.

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Why choose Octopus?

Tenanted deployments come as standard

Octopus lets you deploy to a single customer or a group of customers without duplication. Tenants capture customer-specific configurations and manage the complexity seamlessly.

Harness doesn't have a similar feature.

Operations runbooks

The Octopus Runbooks feature lets you automate operations tasks and run them in self-service.

Operations tasks include:

  • Server patching
  • Stopping a website
  • Renewing SSL certificates
  • Failing over to a disaster recovery site
  • Restarting a server
  • Deploying an AWS CloudFormation template

Harness doesn't have a similar feature.

Build best-in-class CI/CD pipelines

Octopus is a Continuous Deployment tool that complements an existing or planned CI platform. Octopus connects to popular CI options like CircleCI, GitHub Actions, TeamCity, Jenkins, and more.

Harness is an all-in-one CI/CD tool.

More integrations and easier deployments

Octopus connects easily with popular DevOps tools and platforms. Our team and community created over 500 automation templates for hundreds of products and frameworks. With built-in Octopus Workers, you can run automated processes in minutes.

Harness has fewer integrations. Before running your first deployment, you must configure a 'delegate' to run any automation work.

Safe rollbacks

Safely rolling back releases without downtime or data loss is complex. Octopus lets you fine-tune your deployment process to support rollbacks and roll forwards. 

Harness offers Continuous Verification and rollbacks, but this can need time and effort to set up correctly.

Greater control over environments and lifecycles

Environments and lifecycles are how software or projects move from developer to customer.

With Octopus, you create environments once and can use them for any project. This makes our dashboard informative and easy to read and helps you manage permissions and variables.

In Harness, you create environments at the project level, so you can't share them across projects.

Deployment visibility

Multi-tenancy deployments in Octopus Deploy

Octopus's overview screen offers an at-a-glance understanding of what release you deployed where.

Harness has no concept of releases, which limits its deployment visibility.

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Without Octopus

25% of customers surveyed deployed more than once per month

With Octopus

75% deploy more than once per week; 41% deploy more than once per day
91% of teams report increased confidence that deployments will be successful

*Results from a survey sent from Octopus to customers in October 2022

This page is accurate to the best of our knowledge as of March 2023. If something needs updating, please let us know.

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