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Likelihood to Recommend

AWS CloudFormation

We create the resource stack with AWS CloudFormation. We can manage all the resources as a bundle. We can update the entire stack by updating the AWS CloudFormation template. It is very easy to delete the entire resource with AWS CloudFormation. If we do those resource creations and manage them manually, then we need to do lots of manual involvements. When we use AWS CloudFormation, we can reduce time to create and manage resources.
Sampath Liyanage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ansible

That is a big task for all the functionality now in Ansible Collections - Ethernet Networking, Fibre Channel Networking, Wireless networking, LB/ADC configuration & changes. Storage config and changes, VMware provisioning and changes, Windows Desktop provision when paired w/ a tool like Zuul, Workflow integration w/ ServiceNow (SNOW), Testing framework such as Molecule really all you to ensure what you have in your playbooks is solid...prior to deployment not when released to your consumers; Critical. Consistent runbooks instead of managing tons of scripts allows for cross-team training and functionality in a true disaster scenario. Additionally, conversion tools from other IT automation offerings Puppet and Chef, integration into Cloud environments. The list grows daily so jump in the water is just right!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

AWS CloudFormation

  • Infrastructure Provisioning
  • Stack Visibility
  • Auto Rollback
  • Console for History and Tracking
  • Better Integration with AWS Services
Abdullah Khawer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ansible

  • Agentless. For our implementation, this is the single biggest factor. If we have to touch the machine and install an agent before we can start managing it, that's already too much effort and slows us down.
  • Re-entrant. This is not unique to Ansible, but certainly a huge improvement over custom scripts and such. Because it's such a huge effort to make scripts re-entrant, most of our scripts did not allow an elegant way to recover on failure. Manually cleaning up the half-attempt and re-trying is still too cumbersome, and being able to just re-run Ansible is a great improvement!
  • Infrastructure as code. This is new to Ansible, and there are still a few minor bugs with their AWS modules, but it's been a huge help being able to define our infrastructure in an Ansible playbook, commit it to source control, and use one tool for all our DevOps tasks.
John Grosjean | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AWS CloudFormation

  • Better examples
  • There are oddities with the yaml aspects of it, that make it a bit cumbersome
  • A template for use cases that are easily fillable - or just some place to start.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ansible

  • Ansible Tower is a paid service, which can be annoying at times. But that is understandable, as it requires an additional level of support from the Ansible team to develop.
  • There is a decently large learning curve for someone not familiar with setting up Unix environments. However, there is a very large support community with tons of documentation, so it's not a dealbreaker.
Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

AWS CloudFormation

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Ansible

Ansible 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I would say that a baseline of understanding about how to work with Kubernetes/OpenShift and YAML files is a prerequisite to using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. Once those baselines are established, being able to use this platform is much simpler. Red Hat has done a great job in documentation and making Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform something useful for DevOps to quickly get pipelines and configurations up and running quickly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

AWS CloudFormation

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Ansible

Ansible 8.7
Based on 10 answers
Ansible is very friendly to start with. With just a few configurations, you have full management to your servers. You can configure it and implement it in seconds. You can also set up a cron job to make sure it gets implemented. It suits our need perfectly. Support can be a bit hard.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

AWS CloudFormation

No score
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Ansible

Ansible 8.8
Based on 5 answers
There is a lot of good documentation that Ansible and Red Hat provide which should help get someone started with making Ansible useful. But once you get to more complicated scenarios, you will benefit from learning from others. I have not used Red Hat support for work with Ansible, but many of the online resources are helpful.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

AWS CloudFormation

AWS CloudFormation has more features and robustness. It is suited for professional projects since it provides stability and a wide variety of options for configurations. These include not only dividing stacks by specific code changes, but also in regions. This allows more granularity and control over all stacks. If you want to delete them all just by a region, you can do it.
Manuela Jacqueline Mercado Rodríguez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ansible

Ansible is a great product, which we really love as it is compatible running along side and with other DevOps tool. The integration features allows other teams to participate in our shared objective. Ansible is easy to use as many programmers are familiar with Python and RHEL. We selected Ansible because its easy barrier to entry and pricing model for new users with not many nodes to manage. We will continue to develop and on-board teams and monitor the scaling abilities of Ansible.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AWS CloudFormation

  • Reduced AWS resource creation time
  • Reduced existing AWS resource management time
  • Reduced manual involvements on AWS resource creation
  • Better AWS CloudFormation improve the log mechanism
Sampath Liyanage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Ansible

  • We have been able to deploy solutions to client issues without impacting uptime.
  • Most system administration tasks have been automated so I am now free to work on architectural improvements or customer support.
  • Our customer support has improved thanks to Ansible as it has allowed me more time away from repetitive system activities so I may assist with customer questions and application testing.
James McCoy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

AWS CloudFormation

General

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

AWS CloudFormation Editions & Modules

Edition
Free Tier - 1,000 Handler Operations per Month per Account$0.00
Handler Operation$0.00092
  1. per handler operation
Additional Pricing Details
There is no additional charge for using AWS CloudFormation with resource providers in the following namespaces: AWS::*, Alexa::*, and Custom::*. In this case you pay for AWS resources (such as Amazon EC2 instances, Elastic Load Balancing load balancers, etc.) created using AWS CloudFormation as if you created them manually. You only pay for what you use, as you use it; there are no minimum fees and no required upfront commitments. When you use resource providers with AWS CloudFormation outside the namespaces mentioned above, you incur charges per handler operation. Handler operations are create, update, delete, read, or list actions on a resource.

Ansible

General

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

Ansible Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic Tower$5,0001
Enterprise Tower$10,0001
Premium Tower$14,0001
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

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