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Attribute Ratings

  • Helm is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

8.5

Helm

85%
3 Ratings
8.6

Ansible

86%
29 Ratings

Performance

Helm

N/A
0 Ratings
8.7

Ansible

87%
10 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Helm

80%
2 Ratings
7.8

Ansible

78%
4 Ratings

Ease of integration

Helm

N/A
0 Ratings
8.6

Ansible

86%
5 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Open Source

If you need to automate the deployment of environments in Kubernetes and these environments should be easily replicable in other regions of your cloud provider or even in other cloud providers, then this is the tool for you. Just be prepared for a certain degree of complexity when creating the charts.
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Red Hat

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!
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Pros

Open Source

  • Templates - The ability to create templates is really helpful and help creates a baseline for package management.
  • Rollbacks - it is godsend. Period.
  • Dry-run - This really is helpful when troubleshooting deployments and is great for testing out new charts as well.
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Red Hat

  • 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.
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Cons

Open Source

  • concurrent deployments
  • templating values files
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Red Hat

  • 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.
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Pricing Details

Helm

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

Helm 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

    Ansible

    Starting Price

    $5,000 per year

    Editions & Modules

    Ansible editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Basic Tower5,0001
    Enterprise Tower10,0002
    Premium Tower14,0003

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Performance

    Open Source

    No answers on this topic

    Red Hat

    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.
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    Support Rating

    Open Source

    We didn't really need support, but the open-source community seemed responsive and informative when it came to issues. Many cloud native consultancy companies (including ourselves) offer support for Helm.
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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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    Alternatives Considered

    Open Source

    We have a natural trending to use what is a reference in its space and Helm has being leader in its area for a long time. Since it has all features we need didn't make sense to us to invest time on researching and testing other alternatives, so Helm was our first and only tool in regards of automating deployments on Kubernetes
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    Red Hat

    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.
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    Return on Investment

    Open Source

    • Reduction in human effort.
    • Streamline software versions and upgrades.
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    Red Hat

    • 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.
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