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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

  • Imperative orchestration works well. There is no resource ordination issues like there can be with Puppet or Chef.
  • It is easy to get started and start iterating on plays, books, roles.
  • The docker and rax resources are very robust and compelling. I hope these continue to develop and flourish.
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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

  • There are conflicting stories on how best to organize a role's structure. Old documentation exists, and as Ansible has grown directions have pivoted a bit. This should be trued up.
  • Pull-based Ansible is a compelling use case. Ansible should come up with a pattern which supports this configuration.
  • How to integrate ServerSpec infrastructure integration testing is sorely lacking. Ansible should curate practices and docs around this.
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  • Monitoring interface could make better use of screen colours
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Performance

Ansible7.5
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Out of the box, Ansible can be slow over a bad connection, as it's establishing an SSH connection to the target server for each little task. There are some adjustments you can make to the defaults that greatly improve performance. And if you run Ansible on the same network as the target (i.e. by using a jump box or Jenkins server), then it can be crazy fast. I'd give it a 10 for speed except that it does require these adjustments first.
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Alternatives Considered

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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

  • Ansible heped us to organize our management process.
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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