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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.6

Ansible

96%
29 Ratings
8.0

VMware Cloud Director

80%
4 Ratings

Performance

8.7

Ansible

87%
10 Ratings

VMware Cloud Director

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

7.8

Ansible

78%
4 Ratings
3.0

VMware Cloud Director

30%
2 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Ansible

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!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Cloud Director

For a CSP it's the best choice. For internal uses, even in presence of different business units, it's not so easy and flexible to manage. It assures a high level of multitenancy, often not needed for internal purposes. But it could be used in this case, just not created for these purposes. Network management is great.
Raffaello Poltronieri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Ansible

  • 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.
John Grosjean | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Cloud Director

  • The advantage to using vCloud Director is it a cloud based application allowing access anywhere. I have the ability to make changes to our virtual environment without being in the office or using a vpn.
  • The vCloud Director provides a lot of the same features as vSphere.
Michael O'Riley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Ansible

  • 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.
Dylan Cauwels | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Cloud Director

  • It is not good for end users or customers to use. The UI is geared more towards VMware admins.
  • There is somewhat of a learning curve to it, you have to think through and plan out how you want to set your OVDC and PVDCs up. It takes a lot of architecture experience.
  • Once you built workloads in vCloud director, it's real difficult to take them out or manage them directly in vSphere. This is a huge pain.
John Wellen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Ansible

General

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

Starting Price

$5,000 per year

Ansible Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic Tower$5,0001
Enterprise Tower$10,0001
Premium Tower$14,0001
  1. per year
Additional Pricing Details

VMware Cloud Director

General

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

Starting Price

VMware Cloud Director Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Performance

Ansible

Ansible 8.7
Based on 10 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Cloud Director

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Ansible

Ansible 7.8
Based on 4 answers
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.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Cloud Director

VMware Cloud Director 3.0
Based on 2 answers
Like most VMware, the vCloud Director support is not the best.
Esteban Rey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Ansible

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Cloud Director

Hyper-V is built on a Windows platform that includes services not needed for the virtual environment adding overhead. With vCloud I'm not required to maintain a host OS or it's updates. The requirement to maintain storage devices is no longer needed with vCloud as well.
Michael O'Riley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Ansible

  • 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.
James McCoy | TrustRadius Reviewer

VMware Cloud Director

  • Time to market = 0 means profits almost immediate after investment
  • Customers trust the VMware brand more than any other
  • Elasticity: allowing the company to choose the best HW in the lower layer
Raffaello Poltronieri | TrustRadius Reviewer

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