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Ansible

66 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

TrueSight Orchestration

4 Ratings
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Score 7.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

I would 100% recommend Ansible over Chef or other config management systems. Ansible is easy to get started with, has powerful modules, the community provided playbooks, and requires no client package. Great for large-scale deployments and single node apps alike.
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TrueSight Orchestration

Well Suited if running other BMC productsNeed well trained Level 2 & Level 3 Administration for day to day tasks
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Ansible
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Multi-platform scheduling
Ansible
TrueSight Orchestration
9.0
Central monitoring
Ansible
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Logging
Ansible
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Alerts and notifications
Ansible
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0
Analysis and visualization
Ansible
TrueSight Orchestration
7.0
Application integration
Ansible
TrueSight Orchestration
8.0

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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  • Ease of Integration with other BMC products like BMC BSA , BNA ,Remedy & ITSM
  • Technical Support is good
  • Good documentation & Community Support
  • Integration with third party apps is good
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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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  • Complex initial setup
  • Integration with Cloud is missing
  • UI is old & traditional & not user friendly
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Alternatives Considered

SaltStack's syntax and configuration felt a little too much like "black magic" for reliability. Several third-party packages were referenced by name only and either hid or obfuscated how they installed their dependencies (or were targeting only one distribution of Linux and failing to disclose incompatibilities with others). Ansible is far more flexible and the community package support is far superior.
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We choose Atrium Orchestrator since we are using other BMC products in our environment & integration to those products is simple
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Return on Investment

  • It allowed my small team (part of a medium-sized company) to take on server architecture endeavors that we would have avoided if we only had Chef of Puppet, simply because the time from start to finish with Ansible is much more rapid.
  • Many of our apps have short lifecycles. It's nice to have a provisioning script that doesn't require a large investment when your application's lifecycle is short.
  • Having no agent greatly simplifies things. You can run scripts from any machine, or even from a development machine.
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  • Able to automate 50% of manual operations work
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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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TrueSight Orchestration

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