Spotify Backstage Alternative

Compare Cortex to Backstage

Looking for a Spotify Backstage alternative that's hosted and simple to use? You've come to the right place - Teams choose Cortex over Backstage for a seamless service catalog that “just works”, to enforce best practices with Scorecards, and create a culture of reliability and ownership

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“Scorecards have made it incredibly easy to track the status of migrations across different services and teams.We now have real data on which services are at risk and no longer need to manually check with teams, run scripts, or dig through several tools to find the right data. No one has to go in and update anything manually - it’s all automated and synced with Cortex.”
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Loved by entire engineering teams

Cortex is loved not only by platform engineers but also across the entire engineering organization, including SREs, security engineers, DevOps, infrastructure professionals, and leadership.

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"Cortex has tremendously helped with the visibility and discoverability of service info.

It’s very easy for a new engineer to learn more about the services they own and their downstream dependencies. We can understand what a service is calling, who it’s owners are, and where the documentation lives in one single dashboard."
Sanket
Sr. Software Engineer

Cortex vs Spotify Backstage

Scorecards to enforce best practices

Slackbot to fetch catalog data
Live integrations in the Catalog with major third party tools like Pagerduty, Datadog, and more
Out of the box
Only with manually installed plugins
Flexible scorecards with 30+ direct integrations and unlimited extensibility
Automatically sync team memberships with Identity Providers like Okta, GitHub Teams, and Active Directory
No support for Google Groups, Okta, or HR systems
One-click service creation powered by Cookiecutter to generate boilerplate and plumbing for new services
Query services across custom fields, integrations, and metadata
Executive reporting with historical data
Extendable with plugins and external data sources
No plugins but extendable via Custom Data
Initiatives functionality inside Cortex app
Scorecards

Align your team and drive accountability

Scorecards enable teams to drive what matters most to them – including service quality, production readiness standards, and migrations.

Tracking service quality on spreadsheets?
That’s a thing of the past.

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Service catalog

A single source of truth for your services

Cortex’s service catalog integrates with the most popular engineering tools, giving teams an easy way to understand everything about their architecture.

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Teams

Build a culture of reliability and high performance

Teams enable organizations to drive a sense of ownership and pride as they improve service quality.

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Scaffolder

Ensure new services follow best practices from day one

Scaffolder lets developers scaffold a new service in less than five minutes using custom templates crafted by your team.

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