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Score 8.5 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

Great for automating groups of servers and ensuring updates are pushed to all of them (simultaneously if needed). It's hard to manage large groups of servers, and this tool makes it almost too simple. If there is only one server that is unique from the others, Ansible will not be as useful, but can still help track your changes.
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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

  • Automating any machine-level processes that you need to do to set up an environment.
  • Great for sending out consistent changes to a group of servers.
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Operations Orchestration

  • 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

  • Unlike Chef, Ansible employes a Push methodology rather than Pull. We found that this doesn't scale well for us, thus we had to consider using Ansible Tower in order to scale.
  • Ansible's free training and tutorials do no provide as much depth and ease for first time users trying it out for the first time.
  • From the limited experience we have had with Ansible Tower, the UI is not very user friendly. There's a lot of bells and whistles that can prove o be overwhelming at times.
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Operations Orchestration

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

Ansible

Ansible 8.4
Based on 5 answers
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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Operations Orchestration

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Alternatives Considered

Ansible

I've said this before, but Ansible is a great declarative orchestrator. One thing that is both good and bad about it is that it has no store about the state of the gear it manages. With dynamic inventory, I either have to realize facts for my entire fleet or rely on prior runs writing metadata to my cloud instances and subsequent runs referencing said information from the cloud API. Contrast this to Chef which has a solr instance which lets me store information about node objects which is updated on successful converges. That store is always available for recipe use and other business processes.
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Operations Orchestration

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Return on Investment

Ansible

  • It has sped up our deployments considerably.
  • It has help developers do more DevOps work.
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Operations Orchestration

  • 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

Operations Orchestration

General

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

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