Ansible vs Capistrano vs Chef

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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 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.

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.

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      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.
      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.
      Terraform
      With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
      Jenkins
      In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
      AWS CloudFormation
      You can use AWS CloudFormation’s sample templates or create your own templates to describe the AWS resources, and any associated dependencies or runtime parameters, required to run your application. You don’t need to figure out the order in which AWS services need to be provisioned or the subtleties of how to make those dependencies work.
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        Kir Shatrov
        Kir Shatrov
        Production Engineer at Shopify · | 13 upvotes · 10.9K views
        atShopifyShopify
        kubernetes-deploy
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        Heroku
        Shipit
        #PlatformAsAService
        #ApplicationHosting
        #ContainerTools
        #BuildTestDeploy

        Shipit, our deployment tool, is at the heart of Continuous Delivery at Shopify. Shipit is an orchestrator that runs and tracks progress of any deploy script that you provide for a project. It supports deploying to Rubygems, Pip, Heroku and Capistrano out of the box. For us, it's mostly kubernetes-deploy or Capistrano for legacy projects.

        We use a slightly tweaked GitHub flow, with feature development going in branches and the master branch being the source of truth for the state of things in production. When your PR is ready, you add it to the Merge Queue in ShipIt. The idea behind the Merge Queue is to control the rate of code that is being merged to master branch. In the busy hours, we have many developers who want to merge the PRs, but at the same time we don't want to introduce too many changes to the system at the same time. Merge Queue limits deploys to 5-10 commits at a time, which makes it easier to identify issues and roll back in case we notice any unexpected behaviour after the deploy.

        We use a browser extension to make Merge Queue play nicely with the Merge button on GitHub:

        Both Shipit and kubernetes-deploy are open source, and we've heard quite a few success stories from companies who have adopted our flow.

        #BuildTestDeploy #ContainerTools #ApplicationHosting #PlatformAsAService

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        Cloudcraft uses AnsibleAnsible

        Ansible is the deployment tool for people who don't like deployment tools. It's close to scripting, doesn't pollute your servers with agents or centralized servers, and just makes immediate sense. The entire stack at Cloudcraft.co is orchestrated by Ansible. What does that mean? Beyond the obvious of installing packages and configuring services, Ansible coordinates all the machines into a working deployment: It adds API servers to the loadbancer pool, opens ports on the DB server for the backend servers to connect, gracefully upgrades services in a rolling fashion for zero-downtime deployments etc. And it's so easy to use, it's easier to use than doing things by hand, meaning it's a deployment tool you'll actually use every time!

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        Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses AnsibleAnsible

        We use Ansible to synchronize the few configuration-options we've taken on our CoreOS-Machines. This makes deployment even easier and the fact that it's Agentless made the decision even easier.

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        Bob P uses AnsibleAnsible

        Ansible is used in both the development and production deployment process. A playbook couple with a Vagrantfile, easy deploys a local virtual machine that will mirror the setup in production.

        Avatar of sapslaj
        sapslaj uses AnsibleAnsible

        I use Ansible to manage the configuration between all of the different pieces of equipment, and because it's agentless I can even manage things like networking devices all from one repo.

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        Bùi Thanh uses AnsibleAnsible
        • Configuration management:
          • deploy/install all web/app environments
          • simple with Galaxy and playbooks.
        • No need any pre-installed agent on remote servers.
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        Goyoboard uses ChefChef

        Out custom recipes makes it simple for developers bootstrap process (using vagrant) and that same recipe is also the one that is used to prep instances

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        Cyrus Stoller uses CapistranoCapistrano

        For deploying to a VPS like DigitalOcean. This pairs nicely with https://github.com/cyrusstoller/gardenbed.

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        GeniusLink uses CapistranoCapistrano

        Deployment automation all of the websites and apps are deployed to linux via capistrano.

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        Zinc uses ChefChef

        We use Chef for our configuration management and our service discovery.

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        EverTrue uses ChefChef

        Configuration management for any services not provided by AWS.

        Avatar of Hund
        Hund uses ChefChef

        Distributed application deployments and server configuration.

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        Nick De Cooman uses CapistranoCapistrano

        Before Docker, I used Capistrano to deploy all web projects.

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        douglasresende uses CapistranoCapistrano

        I use do make deploy my applications into many servers.

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        Cyril Duchon-Doris uses CapistranoCapistrano

        Deployment to remote AWS auto-scaled infrastructure.

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        James Salas uses ChefChef

        Configuration and deployment of application

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