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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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Spinnaker

Spinnaker suits well for applications which are stateless and can adapt to an immutable architecture of deployment. But for applications which are stateful and cannot afford to spin up new servers for every deployment doesn't go well with Spinnaker. It can handle only deployments which are VM based and cannot support deployments to serverless architecture like AWS Lambda etc.
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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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Spinnaker

  • The immutable way of deployment is one of its greatest advantages.
  • We have a strict policy to restock our instances with new images very frequently and this can be done very seamlessly via Spinnaker
  • Rollback/ resize of clusters is one of the coolest features of Spinnaker.
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Cons

Ansible

  • Ansible Tower is a paid service, which can be annoying at times. But that is understandable, as it requires an additional level of support from the Ansible team to develop.
  • There is a decently large learning curve for someone not familiar with setting up Unix environments. However, there is a very large support community with tons of documentation, so it's not a dealbreaker.
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Spinnaker

  • Spinnaker on its own has 10 underlying micro services. Managing Spinnaker needs a focussed platform approach
  • No support to deploy the artifacts without re-creating the servers. Only pure immutable deployment are allowed.
  • No authorization at pipelines level
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Performance

Ansible

Ansible 8.4
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Ansible is very friendly to start with. With just a few configurations, you have full management to your servers. You can configure it and implement it in seconds. You can also set up a cron job to make sure it gets implemented. It suits our need perfectly. Support can be a bit hard.
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Spinnaker

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Alternatives Considered

Ansible

We looked at Puppet and Chef, but Ansible won because it's agentless. You trade some features, for example, someone could manually make a change on the server, and Ansible wouldn't know. But that's not a problem for us, and we needed something that we could run immediately on a new server.
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Spinnaker

• Pipeline Expressiveness• Self-Service/Override• Visibility of Client Teams• Operability of Client Teams -• High-Quality Integrations (AWS, IHP, Google)• Extensibility – (Ability to add code)• The maturity of Deployment Process• Speed/Ease of Onboarding
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Return on Investment

Ansible

  • Our deployments went to a CI/CD model a while back, and there's no way we could keep up if it wasn't for Ansible. It was convenient when we started using it, but Ansible is now essential for our small DevOps team to keep up with the rest of the business. We keep automating more and more with Ansible, just so that we can stay sane.
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Spinnaker

  • As we are using it on a large scale, hosting and maintaining it is affordable.
  • For few of the BU where there are fewer applications in Cloud. Hosting it and maintaining is an overhead and not very cost effective.
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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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Spinnaker

General

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

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