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Ansible

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Apache Maven

38 Ratings

Ansible

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

Ansible did a great job helping us patch simple security vulnerabilities on many servers. The code for the fix were no more than about 100 lines. We patched each vulnerability in about 10 minutes. We patched both the HeartBleed/OpenSSH along with the Shellshock Bash vulnerability on 200+ servers in a few days.
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Apache Maven

For small projects, Maven can identify unused and transitive dependencies. For large projects, as it contains a large number of XML files which makes it difficult to understand and maintain. Maven makes your project build on a network connection. Not enough documentation on the web for beginners. Debugging is not easy as it is difficult to find bugs in your code.
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Pros

  • Communication over SSH
  • YAML syntax
  • Python modules
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  • 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.
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Cons

  • More difficult than something like Chef to enforce a source of truth or official playbooks in an organization
  • Ansible AWX isn't quite there yet
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  • Sometimes it kept the old report, and caused the maven build [to] fail.
  • More improvements needed to manage different levels of pom.
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Alternatives Considered

Chef seems slow to develop with and there are lots of moving pieces associated with it. Ansible is much simpler and easier to get started with while having the same powerful modules to manage infrastructure.
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Integration with Java IDEs is fast and easy. It automatically fetches and resolves dependencies. It is a specification built tool.
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Return on Investment

  • Easy concepts allow us to bring new employees up to speed quickly
  • Ansible makes adding configuration management to existing servers painless, adding more consistency to deployments quickly
  • Writing Ansible playbooks is much quicker to iterate over during development than writing Chef cookbooks.
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  • Apache Maven is an open source product from the Apache Software Foundation. Being free to use without any licensing constraints, we've been very happy with this product thus far.
  • The software build and packaging times for our applications have improved greatly since our use of this tool.
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Pricing Details

Ansible

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

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