Chef Competitors and Alternatives

Read reviews of Chef competitors and alternatives
SaltStack
Real User
Systems Administrator at a cloud provider with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 18 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is Salt Cloud due to its ability to tie into VMware, as well as Salt Orchestration, because it allows us to script the process of setting up an entire infrastructure.

How has it helped my organization?

This product has saved us time in standing up new servers, as well as allowed us to automate the deployment of these servers and the applications that run on them.

What needs improvement?

* Documentation can be hard to find and examples aren't as detailed. In Salt, you can use modules in an SLS file, as well as via command line. A lot of the time, the official documentation only has a command line example and you've got to dig... more»
Red Hat
User
Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The beauty of Ansible.

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 the concern that someone forgot to... 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. There are some workarounds, but that is a key... more»
Real User
Automation Engineer at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 09 2017

What do you think of Operations Orchestration?

Valuable Features The solution enables managing all different types of servers; Unix server or a Windows server. This is a very significant advantage of this solution. • Improvements to My Organization It is easier to manage all the servers, and you can automate processes at one time for all these types of servers, which is very useful. • Scalability Issues It is scalable. We started with a low number of servers and now we have more than 20,000 different servers. • Customer Service and Technical Support Sometimes, it can be difficult because when we open a case with level one support, the questions are always the same, so it's a bit boring to say the same things. However, afterwards, at level two or level three communication, we can talk to a very good expert. They have...

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