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Ansible

Ansible did a great job helping us patch simple security vulnerabilities on many servers. The code for the fix were no more than about 100 lines. We patched each vulnerability in about 10 minutes. We patched both the HeartBleed/OpenSSH along with the Shellshock Bash vulnerability on 200+ servers in a few days.
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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

  • It is very lightweight so it is great for running simple repetitive tasks such as restarting services, copying files, or running simple shell commands.
  • Ansible is fantastic for deploying servers in a cloud environment. The modules are very simple and easy to understand and deploying server images is surprisingly fast.
  • Ansible provides phenomenal documentation and has a very supportive community that works diligently to make modules as lightweight as possible without removing functionality.
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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

  • Tooling and documentation is growing now that it's not super-new anymore, but this was an issue for a while, primarily because the other main CM tools had simply been around longer.
  • Large-scale use cases might benefit more from a CM tool with an agent.
  • Jinja templates are used - many don't like this.
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  • Complex initial setup
  • Integration with Cloud is missing
  • UI is old & traditional & not user friendly
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Performance

Ansible7.5
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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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Alternatives Considered

Hands-Down what makes Ansible shine is it's simplicity. Other CM tools provide more features, but for many use cases, these features simply aren't needed.Ansible is like a pocket knife - quick, small, easy to pull out and use, and so you always keep it in your back pocket. However, if you're working on a large, more specific infrastructure project, you may find Ansible to be lacking.
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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

  • Very positive given the fact it's free and helps me to adapt to new environments very fast and easily
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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