AWS Systems Manager is a management service that helps you automatically collect software inventory, apply OS patches, create system images, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems. These capabilities help you define and track system configurations, prevent drift, and maintain software compliance of your EC2 and on-premises configurations. By providing a management approach that is designed for the scale and agility of the cloud but extends into your on-premises data center, Systems Manager makes it easier for you to seamlessly bridge your existing infrastructure with AWS.
Systems Manager is easy to use. Simply access Systems Manager from the EC2 Management Console, select the instances you want to manage, and define the management tasks you want to perform. Systems Manager is available now at no cost to manage both your EC2 and on-premises resources.
CFEngine is a configuration management and automation framework that lets you securely manage your mission critical IT infrastructure.
Define the desired state and configuration of your IT infrastructure, and CFEngine will automatically ensure that it complies.
Automatically roll out updates and changes to every node in your infrastructure, whether you have 50 or 50,000 nodes.
CFEngine uses autonomous agents which run on every node of your infrastructure, implementing your desired state and reporting back continuously.
CFEngine runs on the smallest embedded devices, on servers, in the cloud, and on mainframes, easily handling tens of thousands of nodes.
AWS Systems Manager is ranked 16th in Configuration Management while CFEngine Enterprise is ranked 19th in Configuration Management. AWS Systems Manager is rated 0.0, while CFEngine Enterprise is rated 0.0. On the other hand, AWS Systems Manager is most compared with AWS OpsWorks, SCCM, Red Hat Satellite, Ansible and SaltStack, whereas CFEngine Enterprise is most compared with Ansible, SaltStack, HashiCorp Terraform, SCCM and Chef.
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