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Attribute Ratings

  • Salt Open Source Automation Engine is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

4.0

SystemLink

40%
1 Rating
8.0

Salt Open Source

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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Open Source

Salt Open Source Automation Engine is great for configuring servers in a centralised manner. It is not well suited for creating infrastructure, where tools like Terraform should be used instead.
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Pros

NI (National Instruments)

  • Setup
  • User Interface
  • LabVIEW Integration
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Open Source

  • Reproducible set up of servers
  • Wide array of formulas ("packages")
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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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Open Source

  • Execution time is sometime longer compared to alternatives
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Pricing Details

SystemLink

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Editions & Modules

SystemLink editions and modules pricing
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Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Salt Open Source

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    Salt Open Source editions and modules pricing
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    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Alternatives Considered

      NI (National Instruments)

      No answers on this topic

      Open Source

      Puppet was working fine for our needs. We decided to make the switch after our operating system vendor decided to stop official support for SaltStack
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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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      Open Source

      • Much faster turnaround in provisoning test environments
      • Quicker rollout of services
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