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Ansible

66 Ratings

Vagrant

32 Ratings

Ansible

66 Ratings
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Vagrant

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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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Vagrant

It's my go-to tool for provisioning VMs.
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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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  • It builds VM quickly and easily, which allows them to be treated like livestock rather than pets. They can easily be thrown away and rebuilt.
  • Having access to a large library of VMs (via Vagrantfiles) enables rapid testing in multiple environments.
  • It's free and open-source.
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Cons

  • Minimal support for Windows
  • Not so interactive and featured GUI
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  • The learning curve is steep for deploying a vagrant package if you've never dealt the command line.
  • Initially, it was a little difficult to get the networking right because I didn't have a lot of experience with using to the virtual machine.
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Vagrant9.0
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Vagrant is fast, versatile and does exactly what we need it to do: spin up virtual servers for local development fast and without trouble.
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Usability

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Vagrant5.5
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A GUI would be nice for entry level users.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used Puppet, Chef during my career and Ansible seems to be the most efficient tool by far, in terms of its implementation, configuration and ease of use
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Vagrant is more of a meta-tool compared to traditional VM software. It provides a layer on top of VMware or VirtualBox. Configurations in a Vagrantfile are so much easier to manage than complete VMs.
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Return on Investment

  • The time savings of not having to manually provision servers has been huge!
  • Keeping multiple servers in complete parity with one another has been incredibly helpful in reducing the number of single-machine configuration bugs present during development.
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  • It's enabled us to develop and test configuration changes to our production infrastructure locally, safely, and quickly without having to use VMs in a cloud. I can't imagine managing our infrastructure without it.
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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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Vagrant

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