SaltStack Overview

SaltStack is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Network Automation tools. It is most often compared to VMware vRealize Automation (vRA): SaltStack vs VMware vRealize Automation (vRA)

What is SaltStack?

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.

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General Manager - Site Reliability and Software Enginee at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
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Easily identify and manage compliance and vulnerability issues in a single, centralized view

What is our primary use case?

We are using SaltStack SecOps for a rather large fleet of VMs that include a mixture of both Linux and Windows, with many different OS versions for each. It is used to view the compliance of the systems within our infrastructure. This product brings all of the rich data that it collects under once central view. It makes the remediation of compliance or security issues quick and easy to understand. Being able to see this data allows us to be agile and we are able to make changes on a massive scale, thus reducing the manpower needed to implement changes.

Pros and Cons

  • "SaltStack has given us the ability to deal with systems at scale and rectify issues at scale."
  • "There is a little bit of pain when it comes to libraries and what is needed to run the product."

What other advice do I have?

SaltStack, when viewed in the light that it is an event engine, is a very powerful tool.
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