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Ansible

66 Ratings

Control-M

85 Ratings

Ansible

66 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

Control-M

85 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 101

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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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Control-M

For our purposes, it is well suited. The learning curve for new users to develop a basic level of competence is relatively easy to accomplish. While the vendor has introduced many nice features since we started using the product (BIM and Forecast to name two that I would like to see our users take more advantage of), the basic product has remained readily accessible for users.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Ansible
Control-M
7.5
Multi-platform scheduling
Ansible
Control-M
9.1
Central monitoring
Ansible
Control-M
8.4
Logging
Ansible
Control-M
6.6
Alerts and notifications
Ansible
Control-M
8.1
Analysis and visualization
Ansible
Control-M
7.4
Application integration
Ansible
Control-M
5.3

Pros

  • If configured properly all tasks can be executed with one command.
  • When running it's easy to see what it's currently doing.
  • Comes with lots of features, it fits many use cases.
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  • Provides visibility and monitoring across all jobs/platforms.
  • The UI is user-friendly and requires very little training to obtain the status of key business processes.
  • Control-M for Hadoop enables Hadoop specific workflows to be developed, scheduled, managed and monitored along with other enterprise workloads, all in a single solution.
  • Control-M AFT allows us to schedule and track FTP transfers any other batch job. Provides the ability to transfer files securely either via SFTP or FTP with SSL and manage encrypted FTP credentials in a single centralized location.
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Cons

  • Ansible struggles with complex and large inventories. It could greatly improve with improvements to inventory processing.
  • There are no real walk-throughs on how to start with ansible module development
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  • The upgrade process could use some improvement as it is somewhat complex.
  • The Reporting function can be improved.
  • Control-M AFT could have better diagnostic tools or messages to aid in troubleshooting connection errors.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Control-M8.6
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This has been our company standard.
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Usability

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Control-M8.1
Based on 5 answers
Control-M's overall usability is very good because it is simple to use. Control-M SelfService is an easy tool to give to some of the users who want to use a web interface. The training curve for most users is very short and most of the functions are very simple to figure out.
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Support

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Control-M8.1
Based on 7 answers
Support is great, usually, but I have to go through a third party, which makes responce slower.
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Implementation

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Control-M7.9
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No. The implementation was 12 years ago.
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Alternatives Considered

Hands-Down what makes Ansible shine is it's simplicity. Other CM tools provide more features, but for many use cases, these features simply aren't needed.Ansible is like a pocket knife - quick, small, easy to pull out and use, and so you always keep it in your back pocket. However, if you're working on a large, more specific infrastructure project, you may find Ansible to be lacking.
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Manpower Inc. has used Control-M for more than a decade. In the past, Control-M offered broader controls, greater security and multi-system platform integration.
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Return on Investment

  • Cost and time efficient due to the community open-sourcing playbooks and roles for common tasks.
  • More consistency across different departments in an organization.
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  • I'm not qualified to answer this.
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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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Control-M

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details