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Ansible

66 Ratings

XL Release

3 Ratings

Ansible

66 Ratings
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Score 8.9 out of 101

XL Release

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Score 9.3 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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XL Release

XL release fits very well when you need cross-team coordination in a release process where you want to coordinate an alpha or beta program with marketing as part of a major release process.
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Pros

  • Communication over SSH
  • YAML syntax
  • Python modules
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  • Cross-team release workflow control using email, texts, scripts allow our release management to be truly a 360 process.
  • XL Release allowing our Jenkins toolchain to control the beginning of release trains which is very powerful.
  • XL release allows us to expose the business process flow for anyone to read direct at the source which runs the process instead of a separate vision.
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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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  • XL release is really only missing a consolidated calendar view where you can see the planned activity for the next month, it only knows about what is in progress.
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Alternatives Considered

Ansible makes organizing tasks simpler and easier to understand compared to Puppet by combining set of tasks into roles which can be turned on and off in your playbook. Ansible syntax is much easier to read than Puppet syntax
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XL release is simpler to configure and deploy to the organization than other change management platforms I have used. That simplicity has minor drawbacks requiring you to fit into a limited set of control methods but that exercise helped us simplify a needlessly onerous process.
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Return on Investment

  • Ansible helped me as a team lead to make sure that our DevOps goals are aligned with business goals of our explosively growing organization and infrastructure.
  • Since the standard ansible implementation is free, it makes ansible a fine tool with great return on investment
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  • XL release has improved our consistency of release process, removing multiple days worth of manual status checking and coordination.
  • XL release has allowed us to increase the number of beta releases we can support due to simplifying our release actions.
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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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XL Release

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