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Ansible

66 Ratings

Ansible

66 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

vCloud Director

6 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101

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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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vCloud Director

For a CSP it's the best choice. For internal uses, even in presence of different business units, it's not so easy and flexible to manage. It assures a high level of multitenancy, often not needed for internal purposes. But it could be used in this case, just not created for these purposes. Network management is great.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Workload Automation

Ansible
vCloud Director
6.3
Multi-platform scheduling
Ansible
vCloud Director
7.5
Central monitoring
Ansible
vCloud Director
7.6
Logging
Ansible
vCloud Director
7.6
Alerts and notifications
Ansible
vCloud Director
5.8
Analysis and visualization
Ansible
vCloud Director
4.6
Application integration
Ansible
vCloud Director
4.6

Pros

  • Installing and configuring software on instances.
  • Lightweight footprint. No agent required.
  • Predictable execution. Generally, the playbooks are run top to bottom.
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  • Building virtual racks
  • Managing the customers' network and security
  • Simplicity but the completeness of IaaS solution
  • Integration with major software providers
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Cons

  • More difficult than something like Chef to enforce a source of truth or official playbooks in an organization
  • Ansible AWX isn't quite there yet
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  • Backup
  • integration with SDS different than vSAN
  • Manage more granularly users
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Alternatives Considered

I haven't used Puppet personally, but I believe Ansible is a robust solution which can serve many purposes. Puppet I'm sure is customizable in similar ways, I just don't have the experience to speak intelligently on the subject.
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Hyper-V is built on a Windows platform that includes services not needed for the virtual environment adding overhead. With vCloud I'm not required to maintain a host OS or it's updates. The requirement to maintain storage devices is no longer needed with vCloud as well.
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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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  • vCloud Director requires less IT administration. For example, there isn't a need to maintain esx host. or storage administration like creating luns.
  • A negative impact is cost. vCloud Director has a monthly cost for storage, processor core, memory, and licensing.
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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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vCloud Director

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