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Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Intersight

Cisco Intersight is very well suited for doing firmware upgrades across all of your cisco hardware. So far we have had no problems pushing out new firmware. It's also well suited for hardware management. Cisco TAC has the ability to pull logs for the IMC for themselves, which saves you from having to pull the logs yourself and then uploading them to the case. It may or may not be appropriate for upgrading operating systems. I have not been able to test it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

Chef is a fantastic tool for automating software deployments that aren't able to be containerized. It's more developer-oriented than its other competitors and thus allows you to do more with it. The Chef Infra Server software is rock-solid and has been extremely stable in our experience. I would definitely recommend its use if you're looking for an automation framework. And it also offers InSpec which is a very good tool for testing your infrastructure to ensure it deployed as intended.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cisco Intersight

  • Accessible from anywhere online.
  • Cisco is always adding new functionality.
  • Easy to learn and use on a daily basis.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

  • Chef is great at deploying code to both small and large groups of servers.
  • We use chef to standup new servers as well as deploy updated code to existing servers and it does this very well.
  • Being able to make a change and have it push manually or automatically to any subset of servers has changed the landscape of how our IT teams operate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cisco Intersight

  • Mobile app has some minor display issues.
  • Most exciting features are still being rolled out.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

  • Chef could do a better job with integration with other DevOps tools. Our company relies on Jenkins and Ansible, which took some development and convincing for plug-ins to be created/available.
  • It would be nice if kitchen didn't only have a vagrant/virtual-box prerequisite. Our company one day stop allowing virtual-box to run without special privileges, and that caused a lot of issues for people trying to do kitchen tests.
  • Chef could use more practice materials for the advanced certification badges. There was not a lot of guidance in what to study or examples of certain topics.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Intersight

Cisco Intersight 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Basic version is free, good functionality now and many interesting things on the roadmap.
Wouter Hindriks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

No score
No answers yet
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Performance

Cisco Intersight

No score
No answers yet
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Chef Infra

Chef Infra 9.4
Based on 10 answers
It loads quick enough for basically all our systems. Because we have this for local dev environments, speed isn't really a big issue here. Yes, depending on the system, sometimes it does take a relatively long time, but it's not an issue for me. One thing that is annoying is that if I want to make a small change to a cookbook and re-run the Chef client, I can't just make the change in the cache and run it. I have to do the whole process of updating the server.
Christopher Maggiulli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cisco Intersight

Cisco Intersight 8.2
Based on 4 answers
  1. Because Cisco is actively developing Cisco Intersight.
  2. Because Cisco listens to users of Cisco Intersight and actively develops suggestions and fix issues found.
Joacim Wicander | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

Chef Infra 7.0
Based on 5 answers
Support for Chef is easily available for fee or through the open source community as most the issues you will face will have been addressed through the Chef developer community forums. The documentation for Chef is moderate to great and easily readable.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cisco Intersight

We use the Dell OpenManage product previously when we were using Dell servers. Cisco Intersight has much more capabilities than Dell OpenManage had in the past. I haven't used any other product lately which would allow me to compare the features. We use What's up gold for up/down monitoring but It doesn't have the firmware update features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

We considered the three leading competitors in the field: Chef, Puppet and Ansible. Ansible is a very strong competitor and has a nice degree of flexibility in that it does not require a client install. Instead the configuration is delivered by SSH which is very simple. Puppet seems like it has fallen off the pace of the competition and lacked the strong community offered by Chef. We chose Chef because of the strong support by the company and the dynamic and deep community support.
Rob Ericsson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cisco Intersight

  • Basic Intersight access is free to all Cisco customers.
  • You can decide what level of functionality fits your needs and budget.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

  • Chef is a good tool for baselining servers. It will be a good ROI when there are huge number of servers. For less number of servers maintaining a master will be an over head.
  • One good ROI will be that the Operations Team also gets into agile and DevOps methodologies. Operational teams can start writing scripts/automations to keep their infra more stable and their application stack more reliable.
  • Implementation of Chef eliminates the manual mode of doing things and everyone aligns to automation mind set. It helps in change of culture.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cisco Intersight

General

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

Chef Infra

General

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

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