Anonymous UserLinux Platform System Administrator at a healthcare company
Anonymous UserSystem Analyst II at a energy/utilities company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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 provisional 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."
"Satellite gives administrators the ability to target deployments and only send out the updates or provision updates to certain groups."
"It cuts down significantly on the administrative time it takes to patch systems in a large environment."
"Fixing is the most valuable. When you deal with a lot of hardware and software and you have a lot of packages, fixing is a bit difficult. You need to track and pull up all such things, but Satellite makes this task easy. We have branches in other locations, and I can manage other branches by using Satellite Capsule, which is a great feature."
"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."
"The product could have more diversity in what it is able to deploy and might do better if it was not dedicated to Red Hat products only."
"It has not been significantly updated in a while."
"It wasn't easy in the beginning, and some effort was required to work it out. I already had the product documentation, but it was not well organized. It wasn't easy to follow. There were a lot of documents here and there."
"Red Hat's open source approach was a factor when choosing Ansible, since the solution is free as of right now."
"The licensing depends on the number of servers."
"The cost for a larger enterprise is probably almost always a boon."
"Its price is good. They call it subscription, not license, and it is on a yearly basis. There is only one subscription, and that's it."
Red Hat Satellite is a system management solution that makes Red Hat infrastructure easier to deploy, scale, and manage across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. This management tool helps users provision, configure, and update systems to keep them running efficiently, securely, and in compliance with various standards. By automating most system maintenance tasks, Red Hat Satellite helps organizations increase efficiency, reduce operational costs, and enable IT to better respond to strategic business needs.
Ansible is ranked 3rd in Configuration Management with 3 reviews while Red Hat Satellite is ranked 8th in Configuration Management with 2 reviews. Ansible is rated 9.0, while Red Hat Satellite is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Its agentless, making the deployment fast and easy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat Satellite writes "A good product for managing patches and updates that could be more robust and up-to-date". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, BigFix, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), UrbanCode Deploy and Microsoft Azure DevOps, whereas Red Hat Satellite is most compared with BigFix, SCCM, SUSE Manager, HashiCorp Terraform and AWS Systems Manager. See our Ansible vs. Red Hat Satellite report.
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