What is Salt?

Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management. Easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with them in seconds. Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.
Salt is a tool in the Server Configuration and Automation category of a tech stack.
Salt is an open source tool with 10K GitHub stars and 4.6K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Salt's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Salt?

Companies
108 companies use Salt in their tech stacks, including Lyft, LinkedIn, and Hulu.

Developers
19 developers use Salt.

Why developers like Salt?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Salt
Salt Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Salt in their tech stack.

Benjamin Cane
Benjamin Cane
at Benjamin Cane · | 1 upvotes · 640 views
atRunbook
Salt

Everything is deployed via Salt. From configurations to Docker container builds. Salt

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Marek Isalski
Marek Isalski
Director at FAELIX · | 1 upvotes · 605 views
atFAELIX
Salt

We've built something using SaltStack and Debian Linux to help us deploy and administer at scale the servers we provide for our part- and fully-managed hosting customers. Salt

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Jonathan Kingsley
Jonathan Kingsley
Founder at Refractal · | 1 upvotes · 600 views
atRefractal
Salt

When it comes to provisioning tens to hundreds of servers, you need a tool that can handle the load, as well as being extremely customisable. Fortunately, Salt has held that gauntlet for us consistently through any kind of issue you can throw at it. Salt

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Salt's features

  • Remote execution is the core function of Salt. Running pre-defined or arbitrary commands on remote hosts.
  • Salt modules are the core of remote execution. They provide functionality such as installing packages, restarting a service, running a remote command, transferring files, and infinitely more
  • Building on the remote execution core is a robust and flexible configuration management framework. Execution happens on the minions allowing effortless, simultaneous configuration of tens of thousands of hosts.

Salt Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Salt?
Ansible
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
Chef
Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
Capistrano
Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows.
Puppet Labs
Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.
Fabric
Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks. It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.
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