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Ansible

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Score 8.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

Ansible works well if you can rely on having rock solid SSH connectivity. It also works well with the instances that you're configurations are relatively disposable. As Ansible makes changes as it processes the playbook, it is possible for changes to be made halfway down the playbook and then a failure to put the instance in an in-between state where it's neither the before state or after state. Rather it's somewhere in between.
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Splunk Enterprise

Scenarios, where Splunk is well suited, would be a larger organization where multiple teams have their own logs and a web ops team is trying to come in and get a central location to be able to ingest and report on those logsScenarios, where Splunk wouldn't be as well suited, would be a small org where all their logs are in one place, easy to find and report on.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)

Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
8.7
Centralized event and log data collection
Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
9.2
Correlation
Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
8.1
Event and log normalization
Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
9.1
Deployment flexibility
Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
8.7
Integration with Identity and Access Management Tools
Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
7.9
Custom dashboards and views
Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
9.4
Host and network-based intrusion detection
Ansible
Splunk Enterprise
8.6

Pros

  • Decentralized configuration management - Ansible supports "desired state" syntax and is a great alternative to centralized configuration management solutions. If you think that maintaining an infrastructure is an overkill for your needs, then you should consider Ansible. Ansible is "agentless" and all you need is version control, SSH access, and proper organization skills!
  • Great for writing clean and readable automation scripts. In my opinion, Ansible Playbooks are the new Shell scripts. It enforces readable structure yet maintains a great flexibility. Add to that, the ability to write playbooks in reusable "roles" as well as the large repository of built-in Ansible modules, Ansible becomes a very awesome alternative to writing complex Shell/Bash scripts.
  • Very powerful tool for system administrators to reliably and quickly interact with nodes of large clusters. With proper organization of your host inventory in versioned-control files, Ansible becomes an indispensable tool for Sys Admins to investigate issues and perform routine tasks across large clusters.
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  • Best tool to do log monitoring and creating intuitive dashboards and charts
  • Best for setting up alerting for application logs
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Cons

  • Steep learning curve - I have found that Ansible has a steeper learning curve when it comes to playbooks and roles. This could be a side-effect of its power and flexibility. I still believe more could be done to make writing roles simpler.
  • There is no a public repository of playbooks or a "package manager" that facilitates download community-maintained Ansible playbooks.
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  • The only con might be that it is much costlier than an open source system like ELK (Elastic Logstash Kibana).
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Likelihood to Renew

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Splunk Enterprise7.7
Based on 15 answers
I think price would be the only reason why we would not renew
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Usability

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Splunk Enterprise9.9
Based on 2 answers
You can literally throw in a single word into Splunk and it will pull back all instances of that word across all of your logs for the time span you select (provided you have permission to see that data). We have several users who have taken a few of the free courses from Splunk that are able to pull data out of it everyday with little help at all.
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Reliability and Availability

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Splunk Enterprise10.0
Based on 1 answer
When properly setup and configured, Splunk is extremely reliable.
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Support

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Splunk Enterprise8.9
Based on 3 answers
Support from Splunk to our company is extremely good . Our team developed many dash boards , reports and alerts in Splunk which saved so many hours of our development time and made us very very efficient . We are extremely happy with current functionality provided by Splunk and have no complaints at all . I would definitely recommend it to everyone
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Implementation

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Splunk Enterprise8.0
Based on 1 answer
Engage professional service early on in the implementation
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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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Our current SIEM device is outdated and no longer can keep up with the functionality we get with Slunk Enterprise. The reporting alone has made this product worthwhile and the customization allows us to tailor make the product for easy consumption. Upper management is happy with the reduced costs while gaining more security features.
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Scalability

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Splunk Enterprise9.1
Based on 1 answer
Splunk can scale in to the petabyte per day range which of course is awesome
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Return on Investment

  • Ansible has improved stability of our overall architecture because we no longer have "snowflake" servers.
  • Ansible has made it cheaper to spin up a new version of the server rather than diagnose a problematic server, costing valuable time to restoration.
  • Ansible has allowed us to spin up dynamic environments with the click of a button.
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  • We make each user group pay for the data that their systems index. We have not had any negative reactions indicating that the tool doesn't meet their needs
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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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Splunk Enterprise

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