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 11.5K GitHub stars and 5K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Salt's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Salt?
139 companies reportedly use Salt in their tech stacks, including Robinhood, Lyft, and LinkedIn.
214 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Salt.
AWS CodeDeploy, Scaleway, StackStorm, Server Density, and Akeyless Vault are some of the popular tools that integrate with Salt. Here's a list of all 5 tools that integrate with Salt.
Pros of Salt
Great plugin API
Jun 14 2018 at 2:23AM
- 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?
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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 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 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 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.