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Ansible

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Score 8.9 out of 101

CA Scheduler Job Management

3 Ratings
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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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CA Scheduler Job Management

Job scheduling software for the IBM Mainframe is quite mature and most IBM Mainframe sites would already have one installed. It would appear to be very little reason to change from one scheduling package to another. If you were looking for a new scheduling package, CA Technologies is more likely to steer you towards their other product
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Ansible
CA Scheduler Job Management
8.0
Logging
Ansible
CA Scheduler Job Management
8.0
Analysis and visualization
Ansible
CA Scheduler Job Management
8.0

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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  • Good reporting on completed schedules and jobs including highest return code of jobs.
  • ISPF interface can cope with non-standard screen sizes.
  • Easy to use ISPF interface
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Cons

  • Basic support for Windows
  • Underdeveloped GUI with limited features
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  • Monitoring interface could make better use of screen colours
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Alternatives Considered

Ansible is better for one-off tasks or quick configuration than, say, Chef or Puppet. It may not perform as well in managing large fleets with hundreds or thousands of servers but performs excellently for smaller fleets. I've been using it especially in maintaining my own laptop and a personal web server, where it excels.
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All quite similar and as CA Scheduler had the smallest foot print across the agencies we support it is being decommmissioned
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Return on Investment

  • Excellent ROI, in that it's free and easy to set up.
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  • Being decommissioned due to software rationalisation.
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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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CA Scheduler Job Management

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