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"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.""One of the most valuable features is that Ansible is agentless. It does not have dependencies, other than Python, which is very generic in terms of dependencies for all systems and for any environment. Being agentless, Ansible is very convenient for everything.""Ansible is agentless. So, we don't need to set up any agent into the computer we are interacting with. The only prerequisite is that the host with which we are going to interact must have the Python interpreter installed on it. We can connect to a host and do our configuration by using Ansible."

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"SaltStack has given us the ability to deal with systems at scale and rectify issues at scale."

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"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 area which I feel can be improved is the custom modules. For example, there are something like 106 official modules available in the Ansible library. A year ago, that number was somewhere around 58. While Ansible is improving day by day, this can be improved more. For instance, when you need to configure in the cloud, you need to write up a module for that.""Ansible is great, but there are not many modules. You can do about 80% to 90% of things by using commands, but more modules should be added. We cannot do some of the things in Ansible. In Red Hat, we have the YUM package manager, and there are certain options that we can pass through YUM. To install the Docker Community Edition, I'll write the yum install docker-ce command, but because the Docker Community Edition is not compatible with RHEL 8, I will have to use the nobest option, such as yum install docker-ce --nobest. The nobest option installs the most stable version that can be installed on a particular system. In Ansible, the nobest option is not there. So, it needs some improvements in terms of options. There should be more options, keywords, and modules."

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"There is a little bit of pain when it comes to libraries and what is needed to run the product."

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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.""If you only need to use Ansible, it's free for any end-user, but when you require Ansible Tower, you need to pay per Ansible Tower server."

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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 »
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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.

SaltStack is an intelligent IT automation platform that can manage, secure, and optimize any infrastructure—on-prem, in the cloud, or at the edge. It’s built on a unique and powerful event-driven automation engine that detects events in any system and reacts intelligently to them, making it an extremely effective solution for managing large, complex environments. And with the newly launched SecOps offering, SaltStack can detect security vulnerabilities and non-compliant, mis-configured systems. As soon as an issue is detected, this powerful automation helps you and your team remediate it, keeping your infrastructure securely configured, compliant, and up-to-date.

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HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBank
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Top Industries
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Healthcare Company22%
Comms Service Provider17%
Government11%
Legal Firm11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm11%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company55%
Financial Services Firm18%
Cloud Provider9%
Healthcare Company9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government8%
Financial Services Firm6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise64%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise79%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise29%
Find out what your peers are saying about VMware, Red Hat, Cisco and others in Network Automation. Updated: September 2021.
535,919 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Ansible is ranked 2nd in Network Automation with 4 reviews while SaltStack is ranked 4th in Network Automation with 1 review. Ansible is rated 8.6, while SaltStack is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Helpful for creating an environment and easy to use with dynamic inventory capability". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SaltStack writes "Easily identify and manage compliance and vulnerability issues in a single, centralized view". Ansible is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Red Hat Satellite, BigFix, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and Operations Orchestration, whereas SaltStack is most compared with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, HashiCorp Terraform, BigFix and Red Hat Satellite.

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