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Pros
"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.""It has improved our organization through provisioning and security hardening. When we do get a new VM, we have been able to bring on a provisioned machine in less than a day. This morning alone, I provisioned two machines within an hour. I am talking about hardening, installing antivirus software on it, and creating user accounts because the Playbooks were predesigned. From the time we got the servers to the actual hand-off, it takes less than an hour. We are talking about having the servers actually authenticate Red Hat Satellites and run the yum updates. All of that can be done within an hour."

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"Technical support from IBM is very good.""The technical support is great, the product is easy-to-use, and it is stable.""The most important feature is the creation of folders. It's a really great feature because you can organize the process with naming conventions.""The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation."

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Cons
"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...""When you set up Playbooks, I may have one version of the Playbook, but another member of the team may have a different vision, and we will not know which version is correct. We want to have one central repository for managing the different versions of Playbooks, so we can have better collaboration among team members. This is our use case for using Git version control."

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"It would be helpful to have a mobile app that could be used to follow the job schedule.""It is missing some features and can improve in areas where the competition is somewhat better like linking job dependencies.""It should support other schedulers that aren't IBM products.""There should be more custom documentation, specifically around Java APIs. There should also be more training. In terms of features, we are currently using only 50% of its features. We don't use all features that are available, but there is always room for improvement in all of the tools."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Red Hat's open source approach was a factor when choosing Ansible, since the solution is free as of right now."

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"It is about one-third of the cost of a controller."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It has improved our organization through provisioning and security hardening. When we do get a new VM, we have been able to bring on a provisional machine in less than a day. This morning alone, I… more »
Top Answer: We have tested out Ansible Tower, but there is a budget issue, so that is in our next phase. Red Hat's open source approach was a factor when choosing Ansible, since the solution is free as of right… more »
Top Answer: When you set up Playbooks, I may have one version of the Playbook, but another member of the team may have a different vision, and we will not know which version is correct. We want to have one… more »
Top Answer: The whole product is valuable because it is a tool for batch automation.
Top Answer: There should be more custom documentation, specifically around Java APIs. There should also be more training. In terms of features, we are currently using only 50% of its features. We don't use all… more »
Top Answer: I would rate IBM Workload Automation a seven out of ten.
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3rd
Views
36,500
Comparisons
28,449
Reviews
2
Average Words per Review
1,117
Rating
9.0
9th
out of 29 in Workload Automation
Views
5,907
Comparisons
4,103
Reviews
4
Average Words per Review
385
Rating
8.0
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Also Known As
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler, IBM TWS
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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 Workload Automation is a complete solution for batch and real-time workload management, available for distributed mainframe or hosted in the cloud. Use it to drive business and IT workloads on hosted servers, with virtually no cost of ownership for your central server. Increase your productivity with powerful plan- and event-driven scheduling, and run and monitor your workloads wherever you are. This includes interfaces dedicated to application developers and operators, providing them both autonomy and precise governance.
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Sample Customers
HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBank
Standard Life Group, Banca Popolare di Milano, A*STAR, ArcelorMittal Gent
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company27%
Comms Service Provider13%
Legal Firm13%
Financial Services Firm13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm33%
Manufacturing Company20%
University7%
Media Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Financial Services Firm16%
Comms Service Provider9%
Insurance Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise67%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise76%
REVIEWERS
Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise4%
Large Enterprise88%
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Ansible is ranked 3rd in Configuration Management with 2 reviews while IBM Workload Automation is ranked 9th in Workload Automation with 4 reviews. Ansible is rated 9.0, while IBM Workload Automation is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Its agentless, making the deployment fast and easy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Workload Automation writes "Workload automation that helps track productivity and progress across platforms". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, Red Hat Satellite, BigFix, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and UrbanCode Deploy, whereas IBM Workload Automation is most compared with Control-M, AutoSys Workload Automation, OpCon, HCL Workload Automation and Tidal Automation.

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