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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.2 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cisco Intersight is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.2

Cisco Intersight

82%
12 Ratings
8.1

Chef Infra

81%
18 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Cisco Intersight

90%
2 Ratings

Chef Infra

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.1

Cisco Intersight

91%
1 Rating

Chef Infra

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

Cisco Intersight

N/A
0 Ratings
9.4

Chef Infra

94%
10 Ratings

Support Rating

7.7

Cisco Intersight

77%
12 Ratings
7.2

Chef Infra

72%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cisco Intersight

Cisco Intersight is very well suited for IT engineers, system administrators, and IT personnel that just wants to have a quick, easy use, interface (be it web-based or application-based) to monitor, manage and maintain their Cisco Infrastructure. This product provides just that, and looking at the product road map it can definitely offer more which we are really excited about!
Ericson Aragoza | 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

  • Intersight can consolidate Infra management on a single dashboard such as UCS Server, Hyperflex, Fabric Interconnect, UCSM.
  • Device policy and configuration can be deployed from Intersight.
  • Firmware and software upgrade for all devices can be done from Intersight.
  • No impact to DC production if Intersight connection is interrupted.
  • Apps workload data is not passed through Intersight, only the control plane.
  • TAC can be opened via Intersight.
Budi Ezeddin | 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

  • The cost is a little high per trackable asset
  • Mobile application is missing some features
  • Automatic TAC case creation doesn't always work as advertised
Mark McCully | 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

Pricing Details

Cisco Intersight

General

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

Starting Price

Chef Infra

General

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

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cisco Intersight

Cisco Intersight 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We use it every single day and love the ease of it and the integration of all our servers
Benjamin Bubbers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Cisco Intersight

Cisco Intersight 9.1
Based on 1 answer
everything works well and is really useful
Benjamin Bubbers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cisco Intersight

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 7.7
Based on 12 answers
I have had servers TAC cases open for issues with Cisco Intersight. Some have yet to be resolved. One case that is still open is where the HCL status ( Hardware Compatibility List ) shows not validated when It should be. We have several servers that have the exact same hardware, OS, and the same firmware. One server will show the HCL is not validated but all others will
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Chef Infra

Chef Infra 7.2
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

Cisco Intersight makes device management easy by automatically detecting the parameters that need to be monitored, so you can save time registering each device. In addition, thanks to its mobile application, you can know most of the time if an incident occurs due to the active alerting of the application.
Oscar Sanchez | 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

  • As a Cisco partner and vendor, it allows us to monitor and give proactive support to our customers in a way that was impossible before.
  • Also gives proactive and predictive support from cisco since it allows for automatic case creation with cisco in case that a problem is detected in the infrastructure.
Daniel Aramayo | 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

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