Compare Ansible vs. BigFix

Ansible is ranked 3rd in Configuration Management with 25 reviews while BigFix is ranked 1st in Configuration Management with 39 reviews. Ansible is rated 8.4, while BigFix is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Check mode enables us to verify that the config we have pushed is what we intended". On the other hand, the top reviewer of BigFix writes "Provides a single pane view into the entire environment". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, BigFix and Red Hat Satellite, whereas BigFix is most compared with SCCM, Ansible and Tanium. See our Ansible vs. BigFix report.
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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.Its checking and validating ensures our packages are properly patched.The biggest thing I liked about Ansible is the check mode so that we can verify, after we've pushed, that the config there is actually what we intended.I like being able to control multiple systems and push out updates quickly with just a couple of clicks of a button and commands. I like the automation because it is a time saver.It was easy to read and learn. It is a YAML-based syntax, which makes it easily understand and pick up.It increases our company's efficiency, automating all the simple tasks which used to take hours of somebody's time.It is agentless. I don't have to think about which client system my unit has understanding in or not, because I can execute from my system. It will go and configure it, and any module that it is looking for will be shipped out.

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The older version of the tools that I use also included the connectivity aspect, and the fact that the tool now has it separate from the collection of usage data makes the deployment of these tools much easier.One of the biggest benefits BigFix has had for our organization is the ease and efficiency to perform many different tasks, across pillars and platforms, all from one pane of glass.The most valuable feature is patch management, a must have, even for Linux and iOS.It's enabled us to have a highly successful endpoint patching program for the past decade. It's been enormously successful there. It's also become a core part of many of our business processes, from compliance monitoring of endpoints, encryption management, key escrow, and local administrator password escrow. It's built into our inventory. It's very much everywhere.Servers are patched more consistently than they have been previously.Being able to intelligently create reports, gather data, export CSVs and give that to the leadership of some of the client groups that my team supports has helped my organization.We are able to use BigFix through API connections to automate and reduce resources and time. The product's been great for us. It's increased the security posture ten-fold and it's increased our visibility across our endpoints enormously.BigFix has drastically reduced the maintenance window period to patch and reboot servers.

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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.Ansible could use more public relations and marketing.I have seen indications that the documentation needs improvement. They are providing a "How to Improve Your Documentation" presentation at this conference.The user interface on the Ansible Tower product could be better, but it is functional.Documentation could be improved. Many times, if I'm looking for something, I have to Google it in a lot of places, then figure out what the best approach will be. There are some best practices documents, but they don't give you the information.One problem that I'm facing right now is the mismatch between the new version of Python and Ansible. Sometimes it's Python 2, and sometimes it's Python 3. When things get a bit dicey, I wish that Ansible would solve this issue by itself. I don't want to have to specify if it is Python 3 or version 2.Some of the Cisco modules could be expanded, which would be great, along with not having to do so much coding in the background to make it work.It is a little slow on the network side because every time you call a module, it's initiating an SSH or an API call to a network device, and it just slows things down.

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I self-taught for this online, so the initial setup was a little difficult to pick up at first. I had to create a couple of testing environments and destroy them in order to learn how to use it. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of reading of the manuals.I would like to see SDK for Web UI included in the next release.I would like to see the Self Service section made more user-friendly.Around the scalability concern, I would like to see the ability to run teamed, clustered, or hierarchical root servers, in order to provide a more robust, high availability system. The single monolithic root server model does somewhat bother me.I would like to see the integration of user security between the different products to be improved. There's separate security for compliance, separate security for web reports, and the console, and you have to manage those things separately.The stability is generally pretty good. The one thing that we came across is the battle between load on endpoints and load on our servers and relays versus how quickly, effectively and reliably actions can be taken. I'd like to not have to take an action on a system while I'm working with someone and then have to say whether something will happen between five seconds or thirty minutes from that point.I would like to see API connectivity, built-in API connectors to the standard toolsets, whether it's for your ServiceNow or your Qualys. More API connectivity to make it easier to integrate to other tools.I would like to see a web UI SDK so we could take what is provided currently and be able to build our own customized web UI for particular customers that want to sell service.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
Ansible Tower is free. Until they lower the cost, we are holding off on purchasing the product.We went with product because we have a subscription for Red Hat.The cost is high, but it still works well.Like many Red Hat products, they have a no-cost version of the web application (AWX, formerly Ansible Tower), but you are on your own to install and it is a little more complicated than just installing Ansible.

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Compliance, inventory, and licensing are really pricey. They should lower the price. It discourages users from getting onboard.The product is less costly when compared to other solutions, and this is a good solid solution for what we have paid.I would stay with the Managed Virtual Server license model, which is a 1-to-1 license per OS whether it is virtual or physical.When purchasing, buying with other IBM tools provided us with a very good discount in pricing.

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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.

IBM BigFix provides complete visibility and control into all endpoints through a single, unified platform. Enterprises can now bridge the bridge the gap between threat detection and response, drastically reducing remediation times and costs by consolidating best-in-class EDR, enterprise asset discovery, endpoint interrogation, rich threat intelligence, multi-platform patch management (90+ OS) and software distribution. Security and operations teams can see, understand and act on all endpoint threats while proactively reducing the attack surface. • SEE: Discover and audit every endpoint, on or off the corporate network—and rapidly detect evasive attacks using behavioral analytics that understand how attackers compromise your endpoints. • UNDERSTAND: Guided investigation enables security analysts to understand the full context and scope of an attack based on real-time endpoint information, not just historical data. • ACT: Respond with purpose. BigFix provides the capability to deliver targeted remediation—not only on patient zero but enterprise-wide—in minutes or hours.

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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 Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Insurance Company9%
Government9%
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Software R&D Company32%
Financial Services Firm13%
Comms Service Provider10%
Government6%
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University20%
Retailer17%
Healthcare Company17%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Software R&D Company27%
Financial Services Firm9%
Manufacturing Company8%
Retailer7%
Company Size
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Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise68%
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Small Business15%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise73%
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Small Business2%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise83%
Find out what your peers are saying about Ansible vs. BigFix and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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