SaltStack Review

Enables agentless application deployment.


What is most valuable?

Agentless application deployment is the main reason for faster setup and easy deployments.

What needs improvement?

  • It doesn't have a GUI to manage VMs.
  • Some Python modules had issues which I think will be fixed in newer versions.
  • Other configuration management tools, like Chef and Puppet, have a web interface to perform certain tasks on instances where an application is deployed.
  • We can scale and schedule based on traffic. If you want to recreate/add a new instance, you can immediately do it from web interface. This was missing on earlier versions we tried.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using this solution for three months as part of a PoC.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I did not encounter any issues with stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I did not encounter any issues with scalability.

How is customer service and technical support?

We used open source community support.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was straightforward, especially the master and minion configuration. This configuration was time saving and led to a faster, automated application deployment.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We didn't go for pricing model, as we chose to do a PoC using an open source version.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Ansible.

What other advice do I have?

This product is in good shape now and the community support is vibrant. I learned a lot from them while implementing it.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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