We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"SaltStack has given us the ability to deal with systems at scale and rectify issues at scale."
"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."
"There is a little bit of pain when it comes to libraries and what is needed to run the product."
"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."
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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.
SaltStack is an intelligent IT automation platform that can manage, secure, and optimize any infrastructure—on-prem, in the cloud, or at the edge. It’s built on a unique and powerful event-driven automation engine that detects events in any system and reacts intelligently to them, making it an extremely effective solution for managing large, complex environments. And with the newly launched SecOps offering, SaltStack can detect security vulnerabilities and non-compliant, mis-configured systems. As soon as an issue is detected, this powerful automation helps you and your team remediate it, keeping your infrastructure securely configured, compliant, and up-to-date.
Red Hat Satellite is ranked 8th in Configuration Management with 4 reviews while SaltStack is ranked 7th in Configuration Management with 1 review. Red Hat Satellite is rated 7.6, while SaltStack is rated 10.0. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SaltStack writes "Easily identify and manage compliance and vulnerability issues in a single, centralized view". Red Hat Satellite is most compared with Ansible, HashiCorp Terraform, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, BigFix and Puppet Enterprise, whereas SaltStack is most compared with VMware vRealize Automation (vRA), Ansible, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, HashiCorp Terraform and AWS Systems Manager.
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