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Ansible

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Ansible

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Score 8.9 out of 101

IBM Rational ClearCase

20 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 101

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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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IBM Rational ClearCase

IBM Rational ClearCase might be better suited for a smaller / simpler code base. Larger code bases really slow it down... but then again there are better alternatives out there for source control
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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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  • Simple user interface.
  • When it works, it works.
  • Integrates well with Microsoft Visual Studios.
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Cons

  • Basic support for Windows
  • Underdeveloped GUI with limited features
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  • Extremely buggy.
  • Sometimes the repository gets locked for no reason.
  • Slow.
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Alternatives Considered

Ansible makes organizing tasks simpler and easier to understand compared to Puppet by combining set of tasks into roles which can be turned on and off in your playbook. Ansible syntax is much easier to read than Puppet syntax
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GIT Stash is superior to IBM Rational ClearCase in many ways. Bundled with SourceTree, the UI is far more modernized and updated than IBM Rational ClearCase. Being able to visually see the individual branches that are created within the repository is much more straightforward than the versioning method of ClearCase. GIT also seems to be a lot faster when it comes to checking in/out code and creating the repository.
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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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  • Managed code versioning for many years.
  • Only one person can edit code at a time - slows processing down.
  • IBM is an expensive product to support.
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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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IBM Rational ClearCase

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