Spotify Backstage vs. configure8
Compare configure8's enterprise-grade solution with the Backstage project.
Enjoy superior functionality across every major feature while preserving control over your ability to easily integrate any data source, customize your data model around the contours of your organization, and personalize the look and feel of your portal.
Get up and running weeks if not months faster than Backstage thanks to our uniquely easy, no code set-up process. Minimize maintenance thanks to automation. The time you’ll save and features you’ll gain produce a superior total cost of ownership versus Backstage.
Approximately 90% of Backstage implementations fail to grow beyond pilot adoption. With configure8, you’re buying success. Enjoy white-glove technical support as well as a consultative approach to success so you ultimately achieve high adoption rates and compelling business value.
See more item types, like services, data pipelines, serverless functions, even 3P APIs and SaaS applications. See more information about each item
See every environment and its resources for a service and globally
Plugin with limited functionality
Search, filter and see every cloud and on-prem resource along with key information like owners, configuration settings, dependent environments and/or resources, cost drivers, and deep link into the right account in your console. Supports all major clouds as well as on-prem resources
Present metrics around Delivery, Reliability, Security, Resource Costs, and more globally, at the service level, and more. No code required, supports any tool or data via API
Unless plugins available
Collaborative Cost Management
See cloud costs per service or environment, per resource costs, resource cost drivers, and everything you need to make a change. Makes it easy for developers to monitor daily cost trends
Very limited reporting and depth, build your own data collection mechanism
Keeps your users and teams in sync automatically via SCIM to minimize your maintenance costs
Unified Search Quality
Superior global search, faceted results for easy filtration. Filter tables by many dimensions.
(due in part to uneven plugin quality as well as the Backstage data model and back-end)
No Code Flexibility
Limited, Laborious to Customize
No code personalization (look/feel, logo, widgets, tables, and templated layouts).
1st class plugins to pull in data from common tools, no code required. API to ingest data from any tool
Plugins of uneven quality, difficult to configure and maintain
Set-Up and Maintenance Load
Rapid time to value, easy to maintain
Extremely slow time to value, difficult to maintain
RBAC for every item, search, and API.
Ease of Use
No code set-up
Paid feature, not intuitive, high difficulty level (i.e., writing code, writing custom data collectors, etc.)
Breadth of Use Cases & Flexibility
Largest library of pre-built checks plus the ability to scorecard any custom data means you can create Scorecards for any scenario. Ideal for Security, DevOps, Reliability, Architecture, and Governance
Writing custom data collectors
In-app updates, weekly email progress summaries, and the ability to create custom notification flows across communication channels
Limited (for selected campaigns in Slack)
Leaderboards, Team Progress Over Time, % achievement and next best action to improve, Customizable Milestones (not just Gold/Silver/Bronze), views for service owners and teams
Milestones, Excel-like reporting
Automatically Enforce Standards
Block deployments if a service fails a certain scorecard check by calling our API in your CD pipeline
Dynamic forms and the ability to pull in context to populate menu choices from the catalog and any 3rd-party tool minimize developers’ cognitive load. See detailed results.
Create Something New
Create production ready applications, services, environments, and resources
Limited to code scaffolded by Cookiecutter
Day 2 Actions
Discover available actions via search, global actions library, or see relevant, approved actions inside catalog and scorecard workflows
Supported Tools & Workflows
Loosely couples with any Infrastructure-as-Code or CI/CD tool to kick off complex workflows and capture responses. Seamlessly integrates with your existing approval processes
Ease of Set-Up
No code UI
Paid plugin; limited functionality
Automatically Load Services Into Catalog and Map Dependencies
Automated service ingestion and dependency map presentation
Manually declared; subject to drift
Data Mapping & Editing
Automatically maps resources to environments to services. No code bulk edits
Manually declared relationships, often stored in YAML. Often quickly becomes out of sync. No bulk edits
Ease of Keeping Your Catalog In Sync With Your System and Team
Avoids drift via automations and integrations so your catalog is always fresh and accurate
SaaS Hosted or deploy on-premise or to your private cloud
Self-hosted unless paying 3rd-party provider
Support and Maintenance
White Glove Success, Consultative Support to ensure you achieve high adoption. Minimal maintenance burden.
No support. High adoption failure rate. Heavy maintenance burden.
“Although Backstage is a popular open-source framework for building your own IDP, it involves significant implementation effort and calls for software development expertise in codification, configuration and life cycle management. The complexity increases as Backstage evolves its functionality through a mix of native capabilities and plug-ins.”
- Gartner’s 2023 Market Guide for Internal Developer Portals