Compare Ansible vs. CA Continuous Delivery Automation

Ansible is ranked 1st in Release Automation with 25 reviews while CA Continuous Delivery Automation is ranked 4th in Release Automation with 10 reviews. Ansible is rated 8.4, while CA Continuous Delivery Automation is rated 8.2. 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 CA Continuous Delivery Automation writes "Reduces our time to market considerably with automated and consistent results". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, BigFix and Red Hat Satellite, whereas CA Continuous Delivery Automation is most compared with Ansible, CA Release Automation and Control-M. See our Ansible vs. CA Continuous Delivery Automation report.
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Pros
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 event monitor is very good. You can monitor when the file is created so you can pick up the file once it's done.It is an umbrella system that allows us to integrate many different systems into our heterogeneous environment.The main benefit is you can deploy everything with it.It can support very complex environments and dependencies.It gives us good feedback on visualizations and on how our processes have progressed.The most valuable feature is the ability to see which problems have been resolved from deployment.The product provides efficiency, in terms time, cost, and resources.It provides a wonderful user interface which is easy to use.

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Cons
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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There needs to be better error handling and error descriptions. It should be more clear what the errors are and what we can do to fix them.It would be very beneficial for us to see integrations into cloud environments, especially into the Google Cloud environment because we are heading towards cloud.There is an issue with the stability in the tool. The process of agent will stop, then the monitoring agent can't be recognized because the process is running, but you can talk with the system.If you have a technical problem and need development of the tool, the support team is terrible, because they cannot help with the technical details.At the moment, the version that we are using (version 12.0), the environment is complex with multiple installations. Therefore, the monitoring is not scalable, but this should be improved in 12.1 and 12.2.We hope that we can integrate the new CD Directive into our portfolio, so we can bring the deployment and release management closer together.The dashboard should allow you to see the current state of packages in each environment, not only on an individual application basis, but across the entire application platform.One of the biggest features I've been asked by my team to put in there is opening more scripting languages to be part of the platform. There is a little bit of a learning curve in learning how to code some of the workflows in Automic at this time. If widely used languages like Perl and Python were integrated, on top of what's already there, the proprietary language, it would make it easier to on-board new resources.

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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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If you have a fixed contract, it has limits to spreading out. If you have a flexible enterprise license contract, then you have a lot of scalability for this tool.I can save time and money more quickly.We increased our quality and reduced our time costs.

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8.4
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8.3
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Also Known As
Automic Release Automation, Automic ONE Automation, UC4 Automation Platform
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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.

Deliver apps at pace with agile development and let customer satisfaction soar. 

Today, the pressure is on to transform how you deliver applications to market. Get release agility and speed without compromising quality and stability with CA Continuous Delivery Automation. Deliver apps reliably on demand from development through production—mobile to mainframe. Agilely scale as the cadence, volume and complexity of your apps grow. It’s DevOps-ready release management and automation for your dynamic enterprise.

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Sample Customers
HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBankBET365, Charter Communications, TASC
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Healthcare Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company43%
Comms Service Provider10%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm7%
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Financial Services Firm50%
Retailer25%
Energy/Utilities Company13%
Transportation Company13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Marketing Services Firm29%
Comms Service Provider17%
Software R&D Company13%
Financial Services Firm12%
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