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Pros
"The versatility is great.""Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly."

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"The interface is very user-friendly and the solution is simple to use.""There are a lot of features, but I've found vMotion and VRS most valuable.""It is a stable solution.""The most valuable features that VMware's vCenter Configuration Manager have, when compared with other solutions, are their disaster recovery and business connectivity capabilities.""This solution supports multiple platforms in a single solution.""The feature that I have found most valuable is the virtual machine management across different hosts, located in different areas.""The solution is very easy to manage.""The solution is stable and we haven't run into issues with bugs or glitches."

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Cons
"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."

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"The reporting could be improved.""There isn't a clear document covering all the errors. It would be helpful if the company provided better documentation for solving issues.""The technical support could be faster.""It lacks the capability to manage the other systems.""The cost of this solution should be improved.""They could improve the hybrid-cloud environment and its management, not only for the local host but also including the connection between public and private cloud.""The snapshot functionality on the solution needs improvement. After renewing the snapshot, all of the production was stuck. Right now, its functionality is one of our main concerns.""The solution should allow for more customization."

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"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."

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"Their licensing costs are high. But I think for the scale that we are using, it's suitable. If you use it on a larger scale with many servers, you have to pay a lot of money for them. I think it's suitable for organizations that don't need expert people that want more money each year or each month because it's a straightforward solution. We prefer to pay for these products that are integrated and straightforward.""The price of the solution is expensive. However, it is reasonably priced compared to competitors."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.
Top Answer: Puppet was a good product; we used it when we had 200 VMs. When we tried to add Windows servers to it, that's when we realized the price nearly doubled for us because we also have around 200 Windows… more »
Top Answer: 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. We work in the education… more »
Top Answer: vCenter has some good user experience, and the initial setup is straightforward.
Top Answer: Their licensing costs are high. But I think for the scale that we are using, it's suitable. If you use it on a larger scale with many servers, you have to pay a lot of money for them. I think it's… more »
Top Answer: It would be better to integrate this infrastructure with native cloud environments, but we can't do it. We are trying to improve our experience by converting our infrastructure through virtualization… more »
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Overview

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.

Automate configuration management across virtual and physical servers, workstations, and desktops.
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Sample Customers
Los Alamos National Laboratory, GitHub, IP Commerce, Cedexis, Spiceworks, Server Density, Swisstopo, Chockstone, Constant Contact, NICS, Citrix
Bank Al Bilad, Thomas-Krenn.AG, Pronto!, Unimed Juiz de Fora
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company25%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government11%
Financial Services Firm9%
REVIEWERS
Computer Software Company20%
Comms Service Provider10%
Hospitality Company10%
Government10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company8%
Financial Services Firm7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business67%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise22%
REVIEWERS
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise45%
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Puppet Enterprise is ranked 10th in Configuration Management with 2 reviews while vCenter Configuration Manager is ranked 5th in Configuration Management with 18 reviews. Puppet Enterprise is rated 8.6, while vCenter Configuration Manager is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Puppet Enterprise writes "A set-it-and-forget-it management solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of vCenter Configuration Manager writes "Great for automating and very stable, but complex to implement". Puppet Enterprise is most compared with SCCM, Ansible, BigFix, UrbanCode Deploy and Chef, whereas vCenter Configuration Manager is most compared with SCCM, BigFix and BMC TrueSight Server Automation.

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