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Attribute Ratings

  • Puppet Enterprise is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

4.0

SystemLink

40%
1 Rating
7.0

Puppet Enterprise

70%
12 Ratings

Support Rating

SystemLink

N/A
0 Ratings
8.0

Puppet Enterprise

80%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

NI (National Instruments)

There are definitely scenarios where NI SystemLink will be useful but just didn't work out well for us. I needed to be able to replace an EXE file on a computer with a new EXE to do the upgrades but I was not able to do that through SystemLink. You had to work with packages in order to perform this and I didn't want to revamp my distribution plan. We also didn't need to do any asset management or calibration documentation through SystemLink. I was excited about being able to view data from the test stations through a browser but our engineers need historical data available and everything resets to a live view when you click back to the UI.
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Perforce Software

Puppet is good enough to get the job done, you can use it to automate deployments and maintain files and configurations, if this is all you're looking for it's great. If you're looking for more control over your systems as a whole without having to write your own scripts or install multiple configuration management systems then Puppet is not what you're looking for.
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Pros

NI (National Instruments)

  • Setup
  • User Interface
  • LabVIEW Integration
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Perforce Software

  • Provides a clear map of how a system is configured
  • Eases the creation of a system in a specific cluster as it is scripted in code
  • Simplifies configuration changes to a cluster or to every system such as rolling out vhost configurations, updating ldap roles, NFS mounts, etc
  • The syntax is very easy to read and carries a lot of fluidity once the language is learned.
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Cons

NI (National Instruments)

  • Licensing
  • Not able to see data from all test stations on one UI
  • Lack of data history
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Perforce Software

  • The setup of Puppet is a nightmare compared to ansible. Anyone watching a youtube video can easily set up ansible with minimal IT knowledge. All one needs is the source IP addresses and we are good to go. Setting up Puppet is a more hands-on task and pushing the puppet agents to all the boxes is another issue. If the installation and setup were simplified like ansible that would attract a lot of people to this platform
  • The syntax of the code for Puppet is not as easy as ansible. Ansible simply follows a YAML format and it's like typing in normal English. Even complicated tasks can be written by just understanding YAML syntax. Perhaps Puppet needs to revisit the lanugage used and try to come up with a much simpler lanugage for writing code. This will make day-to-day usage easier.
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Pricing Details

SystemLink

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

SystemLink editions and modules pricing
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    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Puppet Enterprise

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Puppet Enterprise 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

      Support Rating

      NI (National Instruments)

      No answers on this topic

      Perforce Software

      Puppet has top class support. You can simply mail them with their query and they will respond to your query in a timely manner. We do have enterprise license for puppet. Also there is a vibrant community for puppet out there. So even if you dont purchase a premium support option you can simply google your queries and get answers
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      Alternatives Considered

      NI (National Instruments)

      No answers on this topic

      Perforce Software

      HPSA is a licensed product and incurs significant upfront investment costs due to COTS licensing. Puppet Data Center Automation has a significantly lower upfront investment and product documentation is more readily available. Chef is a very similar offering, however, at the time our decision was considered, the adoption of Chef vs. Puppet was significantly less in the community.
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      Return on Investment

      NI (National Instruments)

      • Availability to monitor multiple test stations remotely
      • Was quick to integrate into existing LabVIEW codebase
      • Ultimately did not justify the licensing cost for the benefit
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      Perforce Software

      • Cut deployment times down to around 1 hour from 4-5 hours.
      • Allows us to get a fully running system up from scratch in around 30 minutes.
      • Allows for a more clear view of what is required to get a host running.
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