Puppet Enterprise Competitors and Alternatives

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Wil Whitlark
Real User
Lead DevOps Engineer at General Assembly
Dec 05 2018

What is most valuable?

One advantage Chef has over Ansible is your operations can be entirely headless, meaning that they can interact directly with the Chef database using shared credentials. It never uses any type of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One thing that we've been able to do is a tiered permission model, allowing developers and their managers to perform their own operations in lower environments. This means a manager can go in and make… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the biggest things that I miss is in Chef 11 and earlier, organizations were able to be managed directly through the Chef control command line utility. Now, while we prefer to interact directly… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

When we're rolling out a new server, we're not using the AWS Marketplace AMI, we're using our own AMI, but we are paying them a licensing fee. We went the AWS route because we are fully cloud-based… more»

What other advice do I have?

At the top level, it is integrated with Terraform, which is delivering whole entities and groups of nodes. Then, those nodes are individually being provisioned with Chef. The integration is seamless… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also looked at Ansible, Puppet, and SaltStack. They all sort of have managed solutions which you can potentially purchase. Puppet definitely has a sort of old school thought process working… more»
Eric Greene
Real User
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Oct 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very extensible. There are many plugins and modules out there that everybody helps create to interact with different cloud providers as well. Roles that sum up all the playbooks that you might have. You might have a giant playbook… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It allows people without a lot of knowledge or expertise in a CI/CD pipeline to deploy it other than knowing how to write code. It allows them to look at what someone else has done and easily read it, then copy and paste into their own if… more»

What needs improvement?

In Community, there's a lot of effort towards testing, standardizing, and testing for module development to role development, which is why Molecule is now becoming real. Same thing with Zuul, which we are starting to implement. Zulu tests… more»

What other advice do I have?

It simplifies everything. You can see what is happening actively on your screen. Now, with Tower and AWX, you are able to see the output afterwards. You can set up cron through the web interface and see what happens.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was a very big Bash script guy years ago on automating deployments. Then, I moved into Puppet. I did Puppet for a few years, and was very involved in the community there as well. After that, I moved over to SaltStack. The design of… more»
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