BMC Helix Client Management vs. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
BMC Helix Client Management
Score 5.2 out of 10
N/A
BMC Helix Client Management provides comprehensive, automated endpoint management, delivering great service to end users while minimizing cost, maintaining compliance, and reducing security risk. It replaces the now EoL BMC BladeLogic Client Automation platform. The software automatically deploys patches and updates patch bulletins.N/A
Ansible
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
The Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform (acquired by Red Hat in 2015) is a foundation for building and operating automation across an organization. The platform includes tools needed to implement enterprise-wide automation, and can automate resource provisioning, and IT environments and configuration of systems and devices. It can be used in a CI/CD process to provision the target environment and to then deploy the application on it.
$5,000
per year
Pricing
BMC Helix Client ManagementRed Hat Ansible Automation Platform
Editions & Modules
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Basic Tower
5,000
per year
Enterprise Tower
10,000
per year
Premium Tower
14,000
per year
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BMC Helix Client ManagementAnsible
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
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Features
BMC Helix Client ManagementRed Hat Ansible Automation Platform
Configuration Management
Comparison of Configuration Management features of Product A and Product B
BMC Helix Client Management
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Ratings
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform
8.4
44 Ratings
0% below category average
Infrastructure Automation00 Ratings8.844 Ratings
Automated Provisioning00 Ratings8.541 Ratings
Parallel Execution00 Ratings8.940 Ratings
Node Management00 Ratings8.032 Ratings
Reporting & Logging00 Ratings7.541 Ratings
Version Control00 Ratings8.738 Ratings
Best Alternatives
BMC Helix Client ManagementRed Hat Ansible Automation Platform
Small Businesses

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HashiCorp Terraform
Score 8.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
ManageEngine Endpoint Central
ManageEngine Endpoint Central
Score 8.9 out of 10
HashiCorp Terraform
HashiCorp Terraform
Score 8.6 out of 10
Enterprises
ManageEngine Endpoint Central
ManageEngine Endpoint Central
Score 8.9 out of 10
AWS Config
AWS Config
Score 7.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
BMC Helix Client ManagementRed Hat Ansible Automation Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
6.0
(3 ratings)
9.3
(109 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(1 ratings)
7.3
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(5 ratings)
User Testimonials
BMC Helix Client ManagementRed Hat Ansible Automation Platform
Likelihood to Recommend
BMC Software Inc.
This tool will work the best in homogeneous environment where systems are running on Windows OS. In heterogeneous environment like ours where we have Windows, Linux and OS X operating systems, roll out and integration will be a challenge since not all the systems will have accessibility from a common credential
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Red Hat
It has helped save us so much time, as it was designed to automate mundane and repetitive tasks that we were using other tools to perform and that required so much manual intervention. It does not work very well within Windows environments, understandably, but I would love to see more integration. I want it to be sexy and attractive to more than just geeky sysadmins.
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Pros
BMC Software Inc.
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Highly flexible without customization
  • Great community/support
  • Patch management provides the flexibility to deploy patches using a test to production methodology. It also allows us to customize restart actions which helps with compliance but eases disruption to the business.
  • Computer imaging and software deployment work together to improve speed to delivery.
  • Financial asset management is very useful providing all of the information we need to support our PC replacement process.
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Red Hat
  • Debugging is easy, as it tells you exactly within your job where the job failed, even when jumping around several playbooks.
  • Ansible seems to integrate with everything, and the community is big enough that if you are unsure how to approach converting a process into a playbook, you can usually find something similar to what you are trying to do.
  • Security in AAP seems to be pretty straightforward. Easy to organize and identify who has what permissions or can only see the content based on the organization they belong to.
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Cons
BMC Software Inc.
  • It would be nice if it were possible to export search results
  • Schedule my reports to automatically, run at intervals of my choosing with the results either emailed or dumped to disk as a CSV
  • Easy report writing
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Red Hat
  • YAML is hard for many to adopt. Moving to a system that is not as white space sensitive would likely increase uptake.
  • AAP and EDA should be more closely aligned. There are differences that can trip users of the integration up. An example would be the way that variables are used.
  • Event-driven Ansible output is not as informative as AAP.
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Likelihood to Renew
BMC Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
Even is if it's a great tool, we are looking to renew our licence for our production servers only. The product is very expensive to use, so we might look for a cheaper solution for our non-production servers. One of the solution we are looking, is AWX, free, and similar to AAP. This is be perfect for our non-production servers.
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Usability
BMC Software Inc.
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Red Hat
the yaml is easy to write and most people can be taught to write basic playbooks in a few weeks
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Performance
BMC Software Inc.
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Red Hat
Great in almost every way compared to any other configuration management software. The only thing I wish for is python3 support. Other than that, YAML is much improved compared to the Ruby of Chef. The agentless nature is incredibly convenient for managing systems quickly, and if a member of your term has no terminal experience whatsoever they can still use the UI.
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Support Rating
BMC Software Inc.
The process followed by the support team for incidents as well as support requests will become bottleneck for dynamically growing organisations as nothing works fast from a support point of view. A few of the requirements that we asked for took more time to execute and most of them came with a cost.
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Red Hat
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.
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Implementation Rating
BMC Software Inc.
No answers on this topic
Red Hat
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Alternatives Considered
BMC Software Inc.
As we decided to go for BMC Remedy for ITSM, BMC Helix Client Management was the better solution than other tools for ITAM solution as integrating ITAM and ITSM was easier than other tools and also from support point of view, it will be one throat to choke. The reporting module was elaborate and customisable.
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Red Hat
I haven't thought of any right now other than just doing our own home-brewed shell scripts. Command line scripts. And how does this compare? It's light years ahead, especially with the ability to share credentials without giving the person the actual credentials. You can delegate that within, I guess what used to be called Ansible Tower, which is now the Ansible Automation platform. It lets you share, I can give you the keys without you being able to see the keys. It's great
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Return on Investment
BMC Software Inc.
  • BMC Client Management has improved our speed to delivery, quality of service and security by providing the necessary automation tools to improve our processes.
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Red Hat
  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform offers automation and ML tools that allow me to automate complex IT tasks.
  • Through automation analytics, it is seamless to gain full visibility into automation performance allowing me to make informed decisions.
  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform allows me to move rapidly from insights to action.
  • Creating and sharing automation content in one place unify a team in one place hence enhancing real-time collaboration.
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