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"It is very easy to use, and there is less room for error.""Ansible Tower offers use a UI where we can see all the pushes that have gone into the server.""Ansible provides great reliability when coupled with a versioning system (git). It helps providing predictability to the network by knowing exactly what's being pushed after validating it in production."

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"My company provides support services to a lot of customers and companies. We have reduced a huge amount of man-effort. Along with the man-effort, we have reduced the timeline to fix the compliance and security gaps. We have an unbroken record. The documentation clearly says that we have done the patching of newly released patches, including Microsoft and third-party patches, in up to 80% of the computers, within 72 hours of the release of the production. That was a very massive benefit that we have seen. When I talk about the 80% endpoints, it is 100 or 200. I am talking about 25,000 endpoints.""I would advise someone considering this product to go for it. It's easy to use, cheaper than the value, and there is tons and tons of support from the BigFix community. With almost every challenge we have someone who has encountered it, and you will have a solution right away.""BigFix is incredibly fast and accurate in patching, reporting, and remediation.""The most valuable feature is the patching.""The use of fast query has been extremely valuable providing insight in real time of the endpoints.""Having higher visibility on patching level, on patching successful, and non-successful has been a way that BigFix has improved my organization. Also, the ability to customize the content to do what we need it to do is very powerful and very flexible for us. Finally, in the area of custom interfaces like REST API really gives us the ability to provide for our external customers.""The most valuable feature for us is the ability to manage TWS, the relevance is really what sets it apart. Also, using it as a software deployment tool is the key for us.""We rely on BigFix as part of our consulting engagements. It's more efficient from a visibility and discovery standpoint on the initial phase, the consulting engagement. It also increases our efficiencies on the remediation phase of our engagements."

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"For Ansible Tower, there are three tiers with ten nodes. I would like them to expand those ten nodes to 20, because ten nodes is not enough to test on.""Accessibility. Ansible uses a CLI by default. Those accustomed to it can find their way and adopt the YAML files easily over time. But, some users are more comfortable using UIs..."

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"I would request them to build a robots, or an easier way for integration with the other tools, like ITSM tools.""To make it a ten they should improve the licensing. Second, if they could have one environment for everything it would be nice. For you to install compliance you need to install the server, and then you add the modules. For you to install inventory you install the server and then you add the modules. It's not easy to do. When I was doing it before I learned it, it was not straight forward.""I would like to see more integration with external data.""I would like to see more emphasis on using the web console, to have the same power as the full fat client console that they do they now. It's a lighter way to log in and it would be faster for our operators to do their work. The console tends to take a long time for a large number of clients.""The self-service application seems to need some work to replace the client UI. There are a lot of pop-ups if you use a baseline as the object that you're setting to a workstation. Unless you're using web UI, the message is not customizable in the user notification.""License management isn't quite as easy as it should be to deal with the licensing. You need to take the server down to import the new licenses which I find to be annoying.""I'm looking for them to make big web UI improvements.""I'd like to see better API integration with BigFix. We have some tremendous API capability inside of CyFIR and the ability to take textual search results, for example, and bring that back into the BigFix dashboard. This would be of extreme interest to us and our customers."

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"Ansible Tower is free. Until they lower the cost, we are holding off on purchasing the product."

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"Compliance, inventory, and licensing are really pricey. They should lower the price. It discourages users from getting onboard.""You get what we call the Platform Edition, which you get for free. The patch service is maybe $0.50 per workstation per month. Then there's the basic server cost, which is about $1.50 per server per month. You also get into Lifecycle which does power management, OSD remote control, and those types of things, and that might be about 10 times the price - which works out to about $13 per server and, maybe $5 per workstation per month."

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Top Answer: I am not sure about roadmap for BigFix after it was sold by IBM to HCL. I have used it a bit only for small time for OS patchings. BMC on the other hand is a big player for a very long time and is… more »
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Tivoli Endpoint Manager
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Overview
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.

HCL BigFix provides complete visibility and control into all endpoints through a single, collaborative endpoint management platform that enables IT/Security Operations to fully automate discovery, management and remediation of endpoints, whether they are on-prem or in the cloud, regardless of location or connectivity. BigFix bridges the gap between IT and Security Operations, drastically reducing remediation times and costs. With BigFix, enterprises can protect endpoints running Windows, UNIX, Linux, and macOS by achieving greater than 98% first-pass patch success rates and enabling continuous endpoint compliance. Unlike complex tools that cover a subset of endpoints and take days or weeks to remediate, BigFix can find and fix endpoints fast.

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Sample Customers
HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBankUS Foods, Penn State, St Vincent's Health US Foods, Sabadell Bank, SunTrust, Australia Sydney, Stemac, Capgemini, WNS Global Services, Jebsen & Jessen, CenterBeam, Strauss, Christian Hospital Centre, Brit Insurance, Career Education Corporation
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company23%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm15%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider14%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm7%
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University18%
Healthcare Company15%
Retailer15%
Hospitality Company6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider12%
Government7%
Retailer4%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise65%
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise73%
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Small Business20%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise68%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise84%
Find out what your peers are saying about Ansible vs. BigFix and other solutions. Updated: November 2020.
446,626 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Ansible is ranked 3rd in Configuration Management with 3 reviews while BigFix is ranked 2nd in Configuration Management with 29 reviews. Ansible is rated 9.4, while BigFix is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Provides predictability to the network by knowing exactly what's being pushed after validating it in production". On the other hand, the top reviewer of BigFix writes "Very stable and easy to deploy with excellent patch compliance". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, Red Hat Satellite, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), UrbanCode Deploy and Microsoft Azure DevOps, whereas BigFix is most compared with SCCM, Tanium, Chef, Red Hat Satellite and Puppet Enterprise. See our Ansible vs. BigFix report.

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