Vagrant gets the job done quickly and easily
January 04, 2017

Vagrant gets the job done quickly and easily

Charles Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Vagrant

We mostly use Vagrant for operations to develop changes that will be applied to our production infrastructure via Puppet. I've also used it for some one-off development tasks I've done where I needed a "disposable" machine to try something out on. I've also used it to provision specific versions of Windows and IE for testing.
  • It builds VM quickly and easily, which allows them to be treated like livestock rather than pets. They can easily be thrown away and rebuilt.
  • Having access to a large library of VMs (via Vagrantfiles) enables rapid testing in multiple environments.
  • It's free and open-source.
  • As Vagrant's installed base has expanded, the combinations of Vagrant versions, guest OS versions, and VM providers has exploded. As a result, sometimes a particular combination doesn't work. It can be difficult to pin down the culprit, but the community is very helpful. This isn't really a knock on Vagrant - it's inevitable given its success.
  • It's enabled us to develop and test configuration changes to our production infrastructure locally, safely, and quickly without having to use VMs in a cloud. I can't imagine managing our infrastructure without it.
Vagrant is more of a meta-tool compared to traditional VM software. It provides a layer on top of VMware or VirtualBox. Configurations in a Vagrantfile are so much easier to manage than complete VMs.
It's my go-to tool for provisioning VMs.