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Vendor
User at Huawei Technologies
May 27 2018

What do you think of Ansible?

What is our primary use case?

1600 host environment, which is mainly used for software updates. As a production environment, it is used for security compliance.

How has it helped my organization?

We are still implementing it. I have used it in a very small environment (10 hosts), and it performed well.

What is most valuable?

Role-based access control and agentless architecture are the main features which may attract users. It is also easy to learn.  Ansible Tower provides a GUI, which is an enhancement, and a well-liked feature by operation teams.

For how long have I used the solution?

Still implementing.

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

The cost is high but it sill works well.
BoB Woodraska
User
Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The beauty of Ansible is the easy ramp-up to get started. You really only need Python and SSH access. Configuration is generally done in YAML, which is easy to understand, and there is a progression… more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is some overhead in setting up the initial playbooks, but it now takes less time to set up 10 servers than it did to configure one in the past. Also, the setup is consistent because there is not… more»

What needs improvement?

Because Ansible is establishing SSH sessions to perform tasks, there is a limit on scalability. Speed and the sheer number of open connections start to become issues past a couple hundred servers… more»

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

Although Red Hat has an enterprise add-on to manage Ansible through a web application and offers commercial support, I have not used it. Like many Red Hat products, they have a no-cost version of the… more»

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

Manual configuration and "Golden" templates for virtual machines were used. The former is tricky to maintain consistency with. The latter seemed to require constant updating and it did not help… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Salt (or SaltStack) is a similar tool, but does have an agent. There are other tools like Chef or Puppet that use languages other than Python. Ansible was chosen based on these characteristics and the… more»
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Vendor
Senior DevOps/Build Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

I like Ansible because it is: * Easy to use. * Easy to read. * Easy to maintain. * Easy to support. * It works without an agent.

How has it helped my organization?

It has made software installation and updates much easier. Tasks including changing or checking configurations and files have been improved especially considering the big… more»

What needs improvement?

It could work with a larger number of servers.

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

I use the free version with Jenkins, it's enough for my needs.

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

I used bash scripts before, but bash is not idempotent and you should write more code whereas Ansible already has them as a module. Ansible gives you an informative report… more»

What other advice do I have?

It should work easily.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate other options.
Vendor
Senior System Engineer at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Nov 05 2016

What do you think of Ansible?

What is most valuable?

Agentless architecture, relying on SSH only. Great documentation.

How has it helped my organization?

Provision and configure from nothing on Amazon.

What needs improvement?

Speed but it only can go as fast as SSH does.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

6 months

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

A little slow.

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

Used S before. Switched because of coworkers and even if I find SaltStack easier to learn, the documentation of Ansible made me choose it over Salt.

How was the initial setup?

Not at all, just need to have general knowledge of SSH.

What's my experience with pricing,

Consultant
Consultant at a tech consulting company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 18 2014

What is most valuable?

The simplicity of the programs is the best part and the fact that there is no need to install clients on your hosts makes it unique compared to other orchestration tools.

How has it helped my organization?

We can now go to a customer and deploy all software in a few minutes instead of hours.

What needs improvement?

It's a young product so there is still room for improvement on the module side. There are about 150 modules at the moment but there are still many missing.

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

The product is free, at least if you make use of the command line version. There is also a graphical version that has some extra features in reporting, etc. Here the price… more»

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

We use all kinds of solutions like puppet, chef, .... Why do I like Ansible more? Ansible is easier, it makes use of yaml, and templating is done with jinja2. With other… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for something easy straight to the point for a non programmer this is what you need!!

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Puppet, Saltstack, Chef

What is Ansible?

Ansible is the simplest way to deploy your applications. It gives you the power to deploy multi-tier applications reliably and consistently, all from one common framework. You can configure needed services as well as push application artifacts from one common system.
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