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Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

I would recommend Ansible to anyone, but I recognize it might not fit everyone's needs. I'm not as familiar with Chef, Puppet, or Salt, but they each have their strengths. For us, we needed to be able to manage a new server the moment it was created, so agent-based solutions were out. For our use, Ansible does everything we've asked it to.
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TrueSight Server Automation

It would be very good to backup multiple platforms.
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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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  • The backup process is simple and easy to learn and change.
  • It has the ability to manage multiple platforms.
  • It also can push configures to multiple devices at once.
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Cons

  • Should have a better error handling mechanism with more precise error logic and interaction with the user
  • It would be great if ansible had a dynamic inventory handling mechanism by default
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  • It would easier for users if there are more report templates.
  • The dashboard can be improved as well.
  • Otherwise, I am pretty happy with the tools.
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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

  • 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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Return on Investment

  • Excellent ROI, in that it's free and easy to set up.
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  • Make my work more reliable.
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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 Server Automation

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