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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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Operations Orchestration

For our business, this system is really THE system. We use it for the management of almost all aspects of a member's account. I honestly cannot think of something that it cannot do.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Ansible
Operations Orchestration
6.0
Central monitoring
Ansible
Operations Orchestration
9.0
Alerts and notifications
Ansible
Operations Orchestration
1.0
Analysis and visualization
Ansible
Operations Orchestration
5.0
Application integration
Ansible
Operations Orchestration
9.0

Pros

  • Unlike Puppet or Chef, Ansible doesn’t use an agent on the remote host. Instead it uses SSH which is to be installed on all the systems we want to manage.
  • Ansible is written in Python, which we install on all remote host. This means that we don’t have to setup a client server environment before using Ansible.
  • Ansible can work alongside our other DevOp tool, Chef. This allows us to reach out to existing Chef teams in order to try and organize their work all under the same DevOps umbrella.
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  • Allows for the quick disconnection of accounts that break our terms of service
  • Seamless integration with our billing system
  • Has the ability to house all member/client account information in one single location
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Cons

  • Minimal support for Windows
  • Not so interactive and featured GUI
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  • At times, the system can be slow/does not function properly in Google Chrome
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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

All three of these competitors are agent based. I did not want an additional service that needed to run absolutely everywhere. I also did not want to maintain a load balanced cluster of master servers that grows in resource requirements as your infrastructure scales.
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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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  • If time is money, the time saved by using this all-in-one product has certainly saved time AND money.
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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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Operations Orchestration

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