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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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"It has reduced the number of people on the network team along with the system engineer involved in the security process. So, it is valuable.""From a distributed firewall perspective, it's a solid solution.""The most valuable feature is the ability to create, develop, and deploy servers in minutes to hours, rather than days.""The most valuable features for us at this early stage are the interface and the integration with existing VMware solutions.""The most valuable features are security and dynamic routing.""This is the most scalable product of its type.""From a security standpoint, the customer was able to better secure critical workloads while routing L2/L3 worked normally, giving them more confidence that they would be ready for any potential security incident mitigation or outage (DR).""The most valuable features are stability and low cost."

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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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"We would to have a reverse proxy. This would add great value to the solution.""We would like better integration with the standards on the market. For example, with OSPF, their integration in NSX is very low. It's not a full OSPF integration. It is too thin from a protocol perspective.""It could be cheaper!""Everybody needs a network to connect to, and VMware doesn't readily provide one.""I would like to see automation capabilities in the deployment process.""The training costs a minimum of $3,000, which is expensive and should be reduced.""Traffic flow introspection topology visibility is definitely needed because at the moment, NSX-T lacks in this area.""There are always issues integrating with Cisco."

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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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"We can't go without NSX, so it's invaluable from this perspective.""The solution is very expensive.""The licensing fees are expensive and we pay on a yearly basis.""It is an expensive product, but cheaper than some competing solutions.""The price of this product is too high.""This solution requires a licence.""VMware NSX is expensive and everything is licensed. We have to pay for each individual feature.""The price is based on the virtual desktop infrastructure(VDI) side and also is dependant on the size of the environment. The price is expensive and it could attract more purchasers in smaller organisations if it was reduced."

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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: It gives more security and micro-segmentation. It helps to set network configurations in an easy way.
Top Answer: I'm not involved in the licensing process at all. I have no knowledge of how long our licenses last or how much it costs the company.
Top Answer: NSX-T supports more platforms, and VMware NSX only supports some platforms like KVM. I want to see support for Hyper-V and other hypervisors. Their technical support could be faster as well.
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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 NSX is the network virtualization platform for the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). By bringing the operational model of a virtual machine to your data center network, you can transform the economics of network and security operations. NSX lets you treat your physical network as a pool of transport capacity, with network and security services attached to VMs with a policy-driven approach.
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HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBank
City of Avondale, Lumeta, Kroll Ontrack, Heartland Payment Systems, Baystate Heallth, Exostar, Tribune Media, iGATE, NTT Communications, Synergent, California Natural Resources Agency, Bloomington Public Schools, Columbia Sportswear, Join Experience S.A, Schuberg Philis
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Healthcare Company25%
Comms Service Provider19%
Legal Firm13%
Financial Services Firm13%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider16%
Financial Services Firm10%
Government7%
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Retailer23%
Financial Services Firm23%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company27%
Government5%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business26%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise66%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business11%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise76%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise58%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business21%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise67%
Find out what your peers are saying about Ansible vs. VMware NSX and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
521,690 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Ansible is ranked 2nd in Network Automation with 2 reviews while VMware NSX is ranked 1st in Network Automation with 20 reviews. Ansible is rated 9.0, while VMware NSX is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Ansible writes "Its agentless, making the deployment fast and easy". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware NSX writes "Allows for seamless micro-segmentation and the support is exceptional". Ansible is most compared with SCCM, Red Hat Satellite, BigFix, VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) and UrbanCode Deploy, whereas VMware NSX is most compared with Cisco ACI, Nutanix Flow, Cisco Secure Workload, Guardicore Centra and Trend Micro Deep Security. See our Ansible vs. VMware NSX report.

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