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Ansible

66 Ratings

Spinnaker

2 Ratings

Ansible

66 Ratings
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Spinnaker

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Ansible

Ansible is a great orchestrator. One-time shot operations are something that Ansible does very well. Its also pretty easy to understand in that there are no dependencies other than ssh and a python json serializer. However if someone wants to enforce something in a declarative fashion, Puppet/Chef/CFEngine are better than Ansible at this task.
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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

  • 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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  • 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 is still in it's infancy as an open source automation tool compared to some of the more well-known competitors. This does lead to needing to create custom modules or utilizing some modules outside of their normal intended use to perform tasks.
  • Since Ansible runs each task individually over SSH, if you have a playbook with a large number of tasks to perform it can be a lengthier process due to some significant wait time between tasks. A simple solution is obviously to eliminate as many of these tasks as possible or break them up into separate play books.
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  • 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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Alternatives Considered

I haven't used Puppet personally, but I believe Ansible is a robust solution which can serve many purposes. Puppet I'm sure is customizable in similar ways, I just don't have the experience to speak intelligently on the subject.
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• 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

  • 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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  • 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
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