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leaddevo519714
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... 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... more»

What needs improvement?

Personally, I feel that SaltStack has many renderers, but the documentation was a bit lacking renderer. So, if the... more»

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

If someone is using it for an infra consisting of a 1000 servers or more, then support would be real useful. Others can... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I did not previously use a different solution.

What other advice do I have??

Create valid states for all environments and keep the difference between these environments minimal. Use test cases as... more»
Jeremy Mcmillan
Consultant
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 *... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Preparation of Hybris Commerce HY300 training laboratory environments and Hybris Expert Services demo infrastructure... more»

What needs improvement?

Code maturity is reaching a point where refactoring some internals will be important to maintain the rate of... more»

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

It’s free until you need support. It will deliver a lot of value prior to production exposure, but you should plan to... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I have used Chef. Chef is harder to teach, so it is more difficult to build an internal community around the toolset.

What other advice do I have??

Make sure you have cross-functional collaboration between your development teams and operations teams. Develop... more»
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Debra V
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... more»

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... more»

What needs improvement?

There are a number of bugs and regression errors that can make it frustrating at times, but given the flexibility so... more»

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

This is an open source solution, but there is a paid enterprise option. If you plan to pursue the enterprise solution... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We did not have a previous solution as we are new to using DevOps management tools, but we researched others before we... more»

What other advice do I have??

If you are planning to use the open source version, plan to allocate more project time than you think you need.... more»
Marc Vieira-Cardinal
Real User
Head of Operations and Infrastructure at a software R&D company with 51-200 employees
Jul 26 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to programmatically describe the desired state of a single, or an entire fleet of servers, on-premises, and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

SaltStack gave us very useful automation tools that allowed us to standardize our environment, move at a much faster... more»

What needs improvement?

Each new version seems to bring a new set of bugs to the table and upgrading is risky, especially for a tool at the... more»

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

Unfortunately, our experience is limited to the open-source (community) version. We have no information in regards to... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We evaluated Chef, CF Engine, and Puppet and we ultimately decided on SaltStack because: * It is written in Python:... more»

What other advice do I have??

Take some time to learn the types of problems it can solve and you will easily see the benefits that it can bring.
SoftwareEng347
Real User
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 27 2016

What is most valuable?

* Configuration file templating: limits the amount of copy/pasted configuration across services with minor differences... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Developers and systems engineers could work together more closely.

What needs improvement?

Salt does not support performing remote actions that require a sudo password with Salt SSH does support this feature.

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

Don't pay for it, use the free licensing options unless you don't have the staff to cover your SLAs.

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

We previously used CFEngine 2 and Chef; both solutions have a steep learning curve that requires a ton of... more»

What other advice do I have??

Look at Digital Ocean's guide for initially setting up the Salt server. Group your configurations by logical... more»
Freelance42
Real User
Freelance at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Feb 28 2017

What is most valuable?

Configuration management: We were using SaltStack for orchestration in liaison with OpenStack. It was good for Linux machines, but the Windows experience was fragile.

How has it helped my organization?

They put in a few patches for Windows machine orchestration, but the experience was still painful.

What needs improvement?

Hands down, the main thing for improvement is Windows orchestration. Repo is very limited and multiple issues occur when installing vendor products. Other areas would be to build... more»

What other advice do I have??

Stay away from Windows orchestration. Have an alternative for orchestrating Windows machines. Think about how to prepare test cases when things change. The breaks spread like... more»
Chris-Lee
Real User
Sr Engineer/Team Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jun 08 2017

What is most valuable?

* Bulk/Remote execution * Event/Reactor system * Configuration Management These features serve as the most critical... more»

How has it helped my organization?

SaltStack provides the capability necessary to truly streamline our SDLC and environment management. From a high level,... more»

What needs improvement?

* Web UI * Maintenance of their code

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

I think they are going to have a tough time with the Enterprise licensing. So much can be done with the Open Source... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I was using more of a Frankenstein automation solution previously, and the reason for switching was the capability of... more»

What other advice do I have??

Do it and take full advantage of its capability. Be creative and automate everything you can with it.
Daniel Jay Haskin
Real User
Release Engineer at a software R&D company with 501-1,000 employees
Sep 27 2016

What is most valuable?

* Configuration management * Remote execution * Grain & mine I like knowing what state my machines are in, and I... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Some of what we do, we could not do without SaltStack.

What needs improvement?

Sometimes it feels like there are more moving parts than is necessary, and maybe something simpler would do.

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

SaltStack is completely open source, though you might consider SaltStack Enterprise as a way to get up and running more... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

I previously used Puppet. I switched because our shop here likes using Python solutions over Ruby ones.

What other advice do I have??

Thoroughly research how SaltStack works; that knowledge has helped me a lot. SaltStack is a one-stop-shop for your... more»
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