Puppet Enterprise vs. Visual Studio App Center

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Puppet Enterprise
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Puppet Enteprise is an IT automation and configuration management solution that enables users to manage and automate infrastructure and complex workflows. The vendor states Puppet Enterprise combines both model‑based and task-based capabilities in a way that enables organizations to scale their multi-cloud infrastructure as their automation footprint grows, with more flexibility from both agent-based and agentless capabilities.N/A
Visual Studio App Center
Score 7.7 out of 10
N/A
Visual Studio App Center, or just App Center available from Microsoft's Azure, is a solution used to build, test, release, and monitor mobile and desktop apps. When creating apps for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, App Center allows users to automate build, test, and distribution pipelines, as well as continuously monitor real-time performance.
$40
per month per build concurrency
Pricing
Puppet EnterpriseVisual Studio App Center
Editions & Modules
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Builds
$40
per month per build concurrency
Standard Test Plan
$99
per month per build concurrency
Enterprise Test Plan
$499
per month per build concurrency
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Puppet EnterpriseVisual Studio App Center
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Puppet EnterpriseVisual Studio App Center
Top Pros

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Top Cons

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Best Alternatives
Puppet EnterpriseVisual Studio App Center
Small Businesses
HashiCorp Terraform
HashiCorp Terraform
Score 8.6 out of 10
GitHub
GitHub
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Ansible
Ansible
Score 9.0 out of 10
AWS CodePipeline
AWS CodePipeline
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Ansible
Ansible
Score 9.0 out of 10
AWS CodePipeline
AWS CodePipeline
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
Puppet EnterpriseVisual Studio App Center
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(12 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Puppet EnterpriseVisual Studio App Center
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Microsoft
Honestly, it's an all around solution that needs some enhancements. Need to build an app, check! Need to test that app, check! Need to debug that app, check! Visual Studio App Center is a well rounded platform for multiple types of builds and services.
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Pros
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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Microsoft
  • It supplies the right native integration for test cases both IOS and Android
  • Constant device updates means you are working with the right builds to support product use cases
  • Excels in automated test cases that are easy to implement, monitor, and digest results
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Cons
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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Microsoft
  • Webview support was lacking
  • User management seems a bit disconnected from the standard Microsoft ecosystem. Almost feels like you are managing local users and sharing access more than an enterprise solution
  • Price could be better
  • Buggy on some of the latest versions of windows
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Support Rating
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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Microsoft
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Alternatives Considered
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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Microsoft
The biggest benefit is in integrations and plug-ins, as well as the fact that it's not open source. I know open source is popular, but we have all been on the downside of open source and waiting for things to be voted up or a contribution to fix an issue. This alone makes VSAC a nice solution! Plus, it comes with a complete IDE integration of services, documentation, and is light weight
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Return on Investment
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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Microsoft
  • Cut down on time to delivery enhancements and overall builds to users
  • Helps test new proposed releases with ease
  • Cuts down on local build issues as it does do a good job with local development environments as well
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