Ansible vs. Chef vs. AWS OpsWorks

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What is 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.

What is 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.

What is AWS OpsWorks?

Start from templates for common technologies like Ruby, Node.JS, PHP, and Java, or build your own using Chef recipes to install software packages and perform any task that you can script. AWS OpsWorks can scale your application using automatic load-based or time-based scaling and maintain the health of your application by detecting failed instances and replacing them. You have full control of deployments and automation of each component 

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Why do developers choose Ansible?
Why do you like Ansible?

Why do developers choose Chef?
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Why do developers choose AWS OpsWorks?
Why do you like AWS OpsWorks?

What are the cons of using Ansible?
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What are the cons of using Chef?
No Cons submitted yet for Chef
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What are the cons of using AWS OpsWorks?
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How much does Ansible cost?
Ansible Pricing
How much does Chef cost?
Chef Pricing
How much does AWS OpsWorks cost?
What companies use Ansible?
1161 companies on StackShare use Ansible
What companies use Chef?
438 companies on StackShare use Chef
What companies use AWS OpsWorks?
84 companies on StackShare use AWS OpsWorks
What tools integrate with Ansible?
29 tools on StackShare integrate with Ansible
What tools integrate with Chef?
23 tools on StackShare integrate with Chef
What tools integrate with AWS OpsWorks?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with AWS OpsWorks

What are some alternatives to Ansible, Chef, and AWS OpsWorks?

  • Capistrano - A remote server automation and deployment tool written in Ruby
  • Puppet Labs - Server automation framework and application
  • Fabric - Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment
  • Salt - Fast, scalable and flexible software for data center automation

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