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Ansible

66 Ratings

Ansible

66 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

Dollar Universe

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

Ansible is a great orchestrator. One-time shot operations are something that Ansible does very well. Its also pretty easy to understand in that there are no dependencies other than ssh and a python json serializer. However if someone wants to enforce something in a declarative fashion, Puppet/Chef/CFEngine are better than Ansible at this task.
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Dollar Universe

[It] Needs to reach more clients. It's a good tool with good technical support. [It] Automates tasks and improves reliability and reduces human errors.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Ansible
Dollar Universe
6.7
Multi-platform scheduling
Ansible
Dollar Universe
7.0
Central monitoring
Ansible
Dollar Universe
7.0
Logging
Ansible
Dollar Universe
6.0
Alerts and notifications
Ansible
Dollar Universe
8.0
Analysis and visualization
Ansible
Dollar Universe
6.0
Application integration
Ansible
Dollar Universe
6.0

Pros

  • Decentralized configuration management - Ansible supports "desired state" syntax and is a great alternative to centralized configuration management solutions. If you think that maintaining an infrastructure is an overkill for your needs, then you should consider Ansible. Ansible is "agentless" and all you need is version control, SSH access, and proper organization skills!
  • Great for writing clean and readable automation scripts. In my opinion, Ansible Playbooks are the new Shell scripts. It enforces readable structure yet maintains a great flexibility. Add to that, the ability to write playbooks in reusable "roles" as well as the large repository of built-in Ansible modules, Ansible becomes a very awesome alternative to writing complex Shell/Bash scripts.
  • Very powerful tool for system administrators to reliably and quickly interact with nodes of large clusters. With proper organization of your host inventory in versioned-control files, Ansible becomes an indispensable tool for Sys Admins to investigate issues and perform routine tasks across large clusters.
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  • Functional across multiple platforms
  • Lightweight and reliable
  • More scope for increasing automation
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Cons

  • Should have a better error handling mechanism with more precise error logic and interaction with the user
  • It would be great if ansible had a dynamic inventory handling mechanism by default
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  • Limited user access
  • Multiple login pathways
  • GUI can be improved
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Alternatives Considered

  • Ansible is much simpler to get up and running with than Chef, as it requires no infrastructure or agent process or any configuration on the target machine. All you need is SSH access! However, you lose the capabilities that Chef server offers such as data bags (centralized data store with support for encryption), authorization rules, inventory status, periodic configuration pulls, version locking etc.
  • Ansible combines both infrastructure orchestration and configuration capabilities, therefore it can be used as a single tool to both create and configure your VMs on the cloud. However, it lacks the comprehensive support of various cloud resource types that Terraform offers. Terraform can be integrated with Ansible instead to implement an end-to-end process.
  • Ansible is a great replacement for Bash scripts. It natively supports many modules that will save you so many lines of codes, enforces readable YAML structure and is still very flexible and powerful.
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Well versed tool like others in industry.
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Return on Investment

  • Ansible helped me as a team lead to make sure that our DevOps goals are aligned with business goals of our explosively growing organization and infrastructure.
  • Since the standard ansible implementation is free, it makes ansible a fine tool with great return on investment
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  • Increased reliability
  • Minimises operators
  • Handy
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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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Dollar Universe

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