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Attribute Ratings

  • Salt Open Source Automation Engine is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.9

AWS CloudFormation

79%
5 Ratings
8.0

Salt Open Source

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon AWS

AWS CloudFormation is well suited for scenarios where all of your resources need to be provisioned on AWS but it is not suited for hybrid cloud deployments. It's very easy for someone new to learn. The level of customization offered as part of the template specifically for AWS services is great. There is also a UI tool where we can drag and drop the services we want and it generates an yaml file which is very easy to use. The visibility of stacks and its resources and one place where we can track and identify the issues in deployment is great.
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Open Source

Salt Open Source Automation Engine is great for configuring servers in a centralised manner. It is not well suited for creating infrastructure, where tools like Terraform should be used instead.
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Pros

Amazon AWS

  • SaaS
  • Paas
  • Iaas
  • On promises
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Open Source

  • Reproducible set up of servers
  • Wide array of formulas ("packages")
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Cons

Amazon AWS

  • Error Description upon Failure Needs to be Improved.
  • Slow to create, delete or update.
  • Need to delete resources manually. It can ask before starting deletion whether to skip those resources or delete them.
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Open Source

  • Execution time is sometime longer compared to alternatives
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Pricing Details

AWS CloudFormation

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

AWS CloudFormation editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Free Tier - 1,000 Handler Operations per Month per Account$0.001
Handler Operation$0.00092

Footnotes

  1. none
  2. per handler operation

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional 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.

Salt Open Source

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Salt Open Source editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Alternatives Considered

    Amazon AWS

    We didn't look into anything else as Cloudformation was "built-in" for AWS, it just kind of made sense to go with that. Terraform was something that we briefly looked into Terraform but decides to stick with Cloudformation because our task was relatively "simple". Apparently if it's a bit more complex, Terraform might be the way to go.
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    Open Source

    Puppet was working fine for our needs. We decided to make the switch after our operating system vendor decided to stop official support for SaltStack
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    Return on Investment

    Amazon AWS

    • It has a positive ROI
    • Less time inverted in bugs
    • More stable source code
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    Open Source

    • Much faster turnaround in provisoning test environments
    • Quicker rollout of services
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