Compare Ansible vs. vCloud Director

Ansible is ranked 3rd in Configuration Management with 24 reviews while vCloud Director is ranked 3rd in Cloud Management with 16 reviews. Ansible is rated 8.4, while vCloud Director is rated 8.0. 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 vCloud Director writes "It makes provisioning new customers so much easier, and our customers are given power over their platform". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, BigFix and Red Hat Satellite, whereas vCloud Director is most compared with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Ansible and VMware vRealize Operations (vROps).
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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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vCloud Director has improved our organization in so far as it is an easy solution to sell. I believe this is the case due to the fact that it is an easy tool to manage and to configure.This solution has helped us make money and provision our clients faster.Working with VMware has supported us especially in terms of building a very powerful cloud for our customers.If a customer is looking for disaster recovery at a cheaper price, this is the best solution.I like the functionality that's available with Orchestrator. The platform stability stuff that I would be involved in worries me from the automation side because you have a lot less hands-on control of things. Price point, it kind of puts us off.We like the basic operations that we can do with the VM such as restarting, rebooting, creating snapshots, and deleting snapshots.The stability is rock solid.The initial setup was complex. There's a lot of things you have to factor in, like security, backup, disaster recovery, monitoring, and how to maintain the platform. It's something we still struggle with, but it's getting better.

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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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Improvements could be made in the building feature since there isn't a real building feature associated with the product. We require a building feature to integrate with other solutions.vRealize Orchestrator is an expensive tool.There are some shortcomings. There are bugs with opening support.vCloud Director isn't cheap.Technical support is something that we've had problems with in the past. Across all the VMware solutions we have not always had the best response from support. To be fair a lot of the issues that came up for us have been quite niche but it seems that in terms of release cycles they introduced a lot of bugs and it's a lot of stuff that support generally has to work quite hard on. There have been cases when we've logged critical priority issues and not had responses in time. I think support is something that can be worked on.If I just need to look for something quickly, it's quite difficult to find it with the way it's set up now. They should make the search button better.I would like to see mode accessory recovery and integration with SD-WAN.Initially, the setup was complex.

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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.

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The solution is costly, efficient, and robust versus alternative solutions.We are able to provision new clients faster. Every month, we take on more customers.It enables us to provision new clients more quickly.It is better than other solutions out there when it comes to cost.

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Average Words per Review
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Avg. Rating
8.1
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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.

VMware vCloud Director provides software-defined services for data centers in the form of virtual data centers. Computing, networking, security, and storage are all virtualized when you deploy this solution. The result is that users will get to enjoy infrastructure that is operationally ready in a matter of minutes without needing to install and configure any physical infrastructure.

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Sample Customers
HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBank MicroStrategy, National Democratic Institute, and NYSE Euronext.
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company27%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government9%
Financial Services Firm9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company43%
Comms Service Provider12%
Government7%
Media Company5%
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Comms Service Provider33%
Engineering Company8%
University8%
Transportation Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company50%
Comms Service Provider31%
Manufacturing Company5%
Healthcare Company3%
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