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Real User
IT Support at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Sep 20 2016

What is most valuable?

The initial learning curve is low. I had a working configuration building fairly complex proprietary Internet servers within a couple of months, well before the rest of our server team was ready for production builds. The developers are very... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have developed a complete, multi-tiered, stable build system for our Internet servers with SaltStackas the base of the build system. It is stable and easy to modify as we grow and change our needs.

What needs improvement?

We currently use the Salt Cloud module for integration with Amazon Web Services, but I would like to see more integration with AWS, specifically an ability to stably control an ever-expanding and contracting cloud of EC2 instances in a sane... more»
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Real User
Lead Devops at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 26 2016

What is most valuable?

Remote execution in itself is a big time saver at any scale. For example, a particular incident happened at one of my previous organizations. We had to do a PoC on a lot of servers, where traffic was to be generated from a few hundred... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Currently, most of our configuration is in SaltStack, so scaling up when necessary with or without Salt Cloud would be real easy. Traditionally, the team here expects the use of Golden AMIs for scaling up the infra, which, though useful, has... more»

What needs improvement?

Personally, I feel that SaltStack has many renderers, but the documentation was a bit lacking renderer. So, if the documentation around renderers is improved, it will help anyone with a very specific use case.
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Systems Administrator, Deployment Specialist Consultant at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 26 2017

What is most valuable?

* Hybrid/multi-cloud infrastructure automation capability * Configuration management * Complex orchestrations * Imperative programming style * Declarative “states” DSL * Simple YAML syntax * Vitality of open source community involvement *... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Preparation of Hybris Commerce HY300 training laboratory environments and Hybris Expert Services demo infrastructure went from days of effort down to hours. Reliability and consistency is no longer a concern.

What needs improvement?

Code maturity is reaching a point where refactoring some internals will be important to maintain the rate of improvement. The software has evolved at a breakneck pace, and there is a lot of legacy code which needs refactoring and cleanup.... more»
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Real User
Senior Full Stack Web Developer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

States, pillars, and custom modules have all taken us a long way in achieving our goals. There is great depth to it and we're looking forward to exploring all of its features.

How has it helped my organization?

We are moving from managing a handful of individual servers to being able to manage large scale collections. If we need to fit a particular use case, SaltStack makes it very easy to provision a new cloud instance quickly and almost effortlessly.

What needs improvement?

There are a number of bugs and regression errors that can make it frustrating at times, but given the flexibility so far I have found adequate workarounds. The GITFS is flawed and requires a lot more work. We were able to construct our own... more»
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Real User
Infrastructure Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 18 2016

What is most valuable?

The two most valuable features to us are beacon related. We can use the beacons to alert that a service is stopped, and restart it almost instantly. Also, we can use the beacons to alert based on whatever monitoring metric we see fit. For... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it to automatically install software on servers with the minion installed – based on the server name. So we can bring any machine up to spec by simply changing the host name. We have plans to automate it even further; it is just a... more»

What needs improvement?

The online documentation is lackluster at best. It usually only gives one example of how to do something. If you want to see all possibilities, you have to look at the Python code for the SaltStack modules themselves. They are commented... more»
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