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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

Great for automating groups of servers and ensuring updates are pushed to all of them (simultaneously if needed). It's hard to manage large groups of servers, and this tool makes it almost too simple. If there is only one server that is unique from the others, Ansible will not be as useful, but can still help track your changes.
Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer

Apache Maven

Building and automating packaging of software can be a challenging task. As the complexity of the project grows so do the dependencies on third-party artifacts. Using Maven we can define and manage the project structure centrally and it helps improve overall build times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ansible

  • Agentless. For our implementation, this is the single biggest factor. If we have to touch the machine and install an agent before we can start managing it, that's already too much effort and slows us down.
  • Re-entrant. This is not unique to Ansible, but certainly a huge improvement over custom scripts and such. Because it's such a huge effort to make scripts re-entrant, most of our scripts did not allow an elegant way to recover on failure. Manually cleaning up the half-attempt and re-trying is still too cumbersome, and being able to just re-run Ansible is a great improvement!
  • Infrastructure as code. This is new to Ansible, and there are still a few minor bugs with their AWS modules, but it's been a huge help being able to define our infrastructure in an Ansible playbook, commit it to source control, and use one tool for all our DevOps tasks.
John Grosjean | TrustRadius Reviewer

Apache Maven

  • Maven is useful in building Java applications.
  • Quick project setup, no complicated build.xml files, just a POM and go. Reduces the size of source distributions, because jars can be pulled from a central location.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ansible

  • Unlike Chef, Ansible employes a Push methodology rather than Pull. We found that this doesn't scale well for us, thus we had to consider using Ansible Tower in order to scale.
  • Ansible's free training and tutorials do no provide as much depth and ease for first time users trying it out for the first time.
  • From the limited experience we have had with Ansible Tower, the UI is not very user friendly. There's a lot of bells and whistles that can prove o be overwhelming at times.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Apache Maven

  • Better IDE integration. Still too many manual workflows in Eclipse and IntelliJ.
  • Similar to above, easier project-specific configuration management. I'm not aware of an ability to control which repositories are used by which projects, without updating the main maven config.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Ansible

Ansible 8.4
Based on 5 answers
Ansible is very friendly to start with. With just a few configurations, you have full management to your servers. You can configure it and implement it in seconds. You can also set up a cron job to make sure it gets implemented. It suits our need perfectly. Support can be a bit hard.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Apache Maven

Apache Maven 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Excellent tool to build a project, simple and easy to study, install and implement.
Hung Vu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Ansible

Ansible 8.0
Based on 2 answers
There is a lot of good documentation that Ansible and Red Hat provide which should help get someone started with making Ansible useful. But once you get to more complicated scenarios, you will benefit from learning from others. I have not used Red Hat support for work with Ansible, but many of the online resources are helpful.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Apache Maven

Apache Maven 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Most of the support I've gotten is from coworkers. I'm sure there's a community out there who would know more, but I'm not aware of it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ansible

Ansible is sufficient for our purposes because our configurations are relatively simple. Chef and Puppet would work better for more complex configurations. Also, our applications are deployed using Docker which simplifies our configuration requirements. An organization with more complex configurations would find Chef or Puppet suits their needs better.
Chien Huey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Apache Maven

Ant, Maven's opposing framework, is often a point of comparison. Although Ant does not require formal conventions, it is procedural in the sense that you must tell Ant exactly what to do and when. It also lacks a lifecycle, along with goal definition and dependencies. Maven, on the other hand, requires less work as it knows exactly where your source code is as long as the pom.xml file is generated.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ansible

  • We have been able to deploy solutions to client issues without impacting uptime.
  • Most system administration tasks have been automated so I am now free to work on architectural improvements or customer support.
  • Our customer support has improved thanks to Ansible as it has allowed me more time away from repetitive system activities so I may assist with customer questions and application testing.
James McCoy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Apache Maven

  • The tool has greatly improved our overall software build times and had a positive impact on our release schedules.
  • Being a free application from an Open Source Community, there was no upfront investment needed on our part.
heather collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ansible

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Apache Maven

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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