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Ansible

66 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

Operations Orchestration

2 Ratings
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Score 5.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

Goes highly recommended for infrastructure operations, configuration management automation, systems provisioning, continuous deployment.Implementation of adhoc features and fixes on a large pools of either physical or virtual resources
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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

  • Ansible works extremely well with Jenkins in a CI pipeline for testing, validating, and configuring VM and container images.
  • Ansible is fully extensible with custom modules. There is also a huge existing official repo of extensions and add-on modules.
  • Ansible runs agentless so all actions are performed via SSH. This means you do not have to install any software on the host you're running Ansible on.
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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

  • 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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  • At times, the system can be slow/does not function properly in Google Chrome
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Alternatives Considered

  • Ansible is much simpler to get up and running with than Chef, as it requires no infrastructure or agent process or any configuration on the target machine. All you need is SSH access! However, you lose the capabilities that Chef server offers such as data bags (centralized data store with support for encryption), authorization rules, inventory status, periodic configuration pulls, version locking etc.
  • Ansible combines both infrastructure orchestration and configuration capabilities, therefore it can be used as a single tool to both create and configure your VMs on the cloud. However, it lacks the comprehensive support of various cloud resource types that Terraform offers. Terraform can be integrated with Ansible instead to implement an end-to-end process.
  • Ansible is a great replacement for Bash scripts. It natively supports many modules that will save you so many lines of codes, enforces readable YAML structure and is still very flexible and powerful.
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Return on Investment

  • It automated processes that used to be performed by hand saving hundreds of hours if not thousands
  • It is self documenting when combined with a source control service. People who understand ansible are able to come up to speed relatively quickly.
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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
Additional Pricing Details