Ansible Alternatives and Competitors

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Wil Whitlark
Real User
Lead DevOps Engineer at General Assembly
Dec 05 2018

What is most valuable?

One advantage Chef has over Ansible is your operations can be entirely headless, meaning that they can interact directly with the Chef database using shared credentials. It never uses any type of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One thing that we've been able to do is a tiered permission model, allowing developers and their managers to perform their own operations in lower environments. This means a manager can go in and make… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the biggest things that I miss is in Chef 11 and earlier, organizations were able to be managed directly through the Chef control command line utility. Now, while we prefer to interact directly… more»

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

When we're rolling out a new server, we're not using the AWS Marketplace AMI, we're using our own AMI, but we are paying them a licensing fee. We went the AWS route because we are fully cloud-based… more»

What other advice do I have?

At the top level, it is integrated with Terraform, which is delivering whole entities and groups of nodes. Then, those nodes are individually being provisioned with Chef. The integration is seamless… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also looked at Ansible, Puppet, and SaltStack. They all sort of have managed solutions which you can potentially purchase. Puppet definitely has a sort of old school thought process working… more»
AmitDash
Real User
Software Engineer at Pitney Bowes Inc.
Feb 20 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the snapshot functionality, which allows us to access previous versions of the artifacts. I can see what versions are there and it has helped a lot in one of my products that has many different artifacts that… more»

What needs improvement?

This solution could be made more flexible with respect to deploying databases. Liquibase is a valuable feature but it is weak and could be better. I have just seen a video on a product called Datical, and the database workflows are easy to… more»

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

The licensing fees for this solution are based on the number of servers that are being deployed and the number of agents that you have. There is a separate charge if you want support from IBM, and the cost of support also varies depending… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Before UrbanCode was implemented in the organization, we used to perform the basics using Jenkins. However, it was a very lengthy and difficult process. For some of our products, we are not using UrbanCode. For example, we have implemented… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a solution that I recommend but I think that for anybody who is interested in implementing it, I would suggest that they start by reviewing the resources that IBM has online. It is not complicated, and they will be comfortable with… more»
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