Anonymous UserIT Architect at a tech services company
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The versatility is great."
"Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly."
"The most valuable features are the agent, high load balancing, and overall robustness and features."
"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."
"Technical support has been good."
"Patch management is, for sure, most valuable. For license management and patch management, I would rate it a 10 out of 10."
"There's a lot of scope for enhancement on the DevSecOps side. They should definitely include features for compliance, for both the Linux and Windows side of the devices, as well as for network devices. Compliance is something they need to work on."
"It's a bit of a pain point to make sure that everything works once we've upgraded it because Puppet has been evolving pretty fast."
"The solution has really complex code, you have to understand the Ruby language. However, once you know the code then you can move ahead without any problems."
"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."
"There needs to be some margin for improvement in terms of the way Satellite manages subscriptions. It is still very confusing when we have different contracts or different bundles of subscriptions, and we need to manage those within Satellite in a way that's very user-friendly."
"It should basically include a complete slew of system management and monitoring tools such as Nagios. It should be a single pane of glass that gives us a complete solution. It is a good solution, but it is missing a few important things. We're using Capsule for DMVs on other secured zones. Capsule is a part of Satellite to be a proxy of sorts."
"The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive."
"Depending on the size of the organization there is a point when the price of Puppet Enterprise should be lower. However, they provide really good functionality, features, and capabilities."
"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."
Puppet Data Center Automation helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. With our software, businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices, across physical and virtual machines, on prem or in the cloud.
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.
Puppet Enterprise is ranked 9th in Configuration Management with 3 reviews while Red Hat Satellite is ranked 8th in Configuration Management with 4 reviews. Puppet Enterprise is rated 8.6, while Red Hat Satellite is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Puppet Enterprise writes "A set-it-and-forget-it management solution". 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". Puppet Enterprise is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Ansible, BigFix, UrbanCode Deploy and Operations Orchestration, whereas Red Hat Satellite is most compared with Ansible, HashiCorp Terraform, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, BigFix and Chef. See our Puppet Enterprise vs. Red Hat Satellite report.
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