Compare Ansible vs. CA Workload Automation

Ansible is ranked 3rd in Configuration Management with 25 reviews while CA Workload Automation is ranked 3rd in Workload Automation with 32 reviews. Ansible is rated 8.4, while CA Workload Automation 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 CA Workload Automation writes "We need to have things run in a very sequential order, so it is very useful that we can schedule work flows". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, BigFix and Red Hat Satellite, whereas CA Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, Automic Workload Automation and IBM Workload Automation.
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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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This solution enables us to improve our daily processing times. We can do everything faster than before we used this solution.It is a fairly stable solution.The web UI is beneficial and the granular security policies allow us to cover all of our audit requirements.Automic Automation Engine provides us the ability to map logic using a scripting language.We automate recurring processes, keeping track of IT processes controlled worldwide.It has helped to simplify cross-dependency between MVS and Open systems jobs.We use CA Workload Automation AE r11.3.6 to automate enterprise-wide scheduling and file transfers using an FTP plugin.It has improved my organization by automating IT applications.

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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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There is a slow response time by tech support. Unless, you say it's severity level one. That will give you a two hour timing window for them to call you. It doesn't really happen exactly in two hours, but they try.Performance improvements in the UI would be appreciated.It lacks support and integration with cloud computing platforms.We see improvement possibilities in the processing provision of predefined evaluations or individual objects, or in the Self Service portal, which can be used by any user to monitor objects or start objects.Reduce the number of operational files. This would make the job of a system programmer supporting ESP easier.The WCC could be improved.​The cross-platform arena, where you can run work on multiple platforms, needs improvement.Needs better documentation with fully explained examples for some of the job types.

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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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It is overpriced.I certainly think the pricing is worth the value.People need to pay attention to how they use their ESP agents on the distributed platform. That's where some of the cost comes in, based on how many you need or how many you use.CA pricing has been a problem, and not looked upon favorably here at all.

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8.4
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Comparisons
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Reviews
32
Average Words per Review
386
Avg. Rating
8.4
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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.

CA Workload Automation is an enterprise scheduling solution for the automation of IT processes in a heterogeneous environment. It automates and delivers millions of mission-essential services across thousands of companies worldwide. With the CA team and expert community, you get so much more than software. Work with us to get to mission-accomplished—every second of your business.

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Sample Customers
HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBankGaumont, Mercantil do Brasil, CCEE, Hanwha Life
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Insurance Company9%
Government9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company43%
Comms Service Provider10%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm50%
Insurance Company13%
Energy/Utilities Company12%
Healthcare Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company27%
Financial Services Firm18%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company7%
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