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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 solutions did we use previously?

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»
Anonymous User
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 solutions did we use previously?

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»
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Anonymous User
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 solutions did we use previously?

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.
Anonymous User
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 solutions did we use previously?

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.
Chintamani Bhagwat
Real User
DevOps Engineer at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Execution modules. It is designed for system administrators rather than for developers. It covers maximum functionality and makes automation easy.

How has it helped my organization?

As it provides maximum functionality, it keeps automation short and sweet. This helps writing automation in a modular format. SaltStack helped... more»

What needs improvement?

There should be some mechanism to push agents to the target device. Also, it should focus on managing networking devices. In order to manage... more»

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

We have used the open source version. In open source, you will get good enough functionality.

What other advice do I have?

As a DevOps engineer, this CM tool is truly made for system administrator usability rather than for the developer.
Anonymous User
Real User
Principal Systems Engineer Lead Dev Ops at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Mar 06 2017

What is most valuable?

* Tool for Infrastructure as Code (IAC) * Allows you to preserve the status of the target machine * Allows you to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can do the following from the same tool: * Deploy code * Redeploy code and platform * Maintain system compliance

What needs improvement?

* Security * Privilege separation * Multi-user capability * Public audit: There is no public audit of the code.... more»

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

We have no specific comments regarding this issue.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I am not aware of any previous solutions.

What other advice do I have?

Adopt it in full, including the API.
Ashutosh Narayan
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 23 2017

What is most valuable?

Agentless application deployment is the main reason for faster setup and easy deployments.

What needs improvement?

* It doesn't have a GUI to manage VMs. * Some Python modules had issues which I think will be fixed in newer versions. * Other configuration management tools, like Chef and Puppet,... more»

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

We didn't go for pricing model, as we chose to do a PoC using an open source version.

What other advice do I have?

This product is in good shape now and the community support is vibrant. I learned a lot from them while implementing it.
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