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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 Pallet?

The machines being managed require no special dependencies to be installed. As long as they have bash and ssh running, they can be used with pallet. Pallet has no central server to set up and maintain - it simply runs on demand. You can run it from anywhere, even over a remote REPL connection.
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            What are some alternatives to Ansible, Capistrano, and Pallet?
            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.
            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.
            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.
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            Decisions about Ansible, Capistrano, and Pallet
            StackShare Editors
            StackShare Editors
            Salt
            Salt
            Puppet Labs
            Puppet Labs
            Ansible
            Ansible

            By 2014, the DevOps team at Lyft decided to port their infrastructure code from Puppet to Salt. At that point, the Puppet code based included around "10,000 lines of spaghetti-code,” which was unfamiliar and challenging to the relatively new members of the DevOps team.

            “The DevOps team felt that the Puppet infrastructure was too difficult to pick up quickly and would be impossible to introduce to [their] developers as the tool they’d use to manage their own services.”

            To determine a path forward, the team assessed both Ansible and Salt, exploring four key areas: simplicity/ease of use, maturity, performance, and community.

            They found that “Salt’s execution and state module support is more mature than Ansible’s, overall,” and that “Salt was faster than Ansible for state/playbook runs.” And while both have high levels of community support, Salt exceeded expectations in terms of friendless and responsiveness to opened issues.

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            Kir Shatrov
            Kir Shatrov
            Production Engineer at Shopify · | 13 upvotes · 65.8K views
            atShopifyShopify
            kubernetes-deploy
            kubernetes-deploy
            Shipit
            Shipit
            Heroku
            Heroku
            Capistrano
            Capistrano
            #BuildTestDeploy
            #ContainerTools
            #ApplicationHosting
            #PlatformAsAService

            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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            Marcel Kornegoor
            Marcel Kornegoor
            CTO at AT Computing · | 5 upvotes · 282.3K views
            atAT ComputingAT Computing
            Linux
            Linux
            Ubuntu
            Ubuntu
            CentOS
            CentOS
            Debian
            Debian
            Red Hat Enterprise Linux
            Red Hat Enterprise Linux
            Fedora
            Fedora
            Visual Studio Code
            Visual Studio Code
            Jenkins
            Jenkins
            VirtualBox
            VirtualBox
            GitHub
            GitHub
            Docker
            Docker
            Kubernetes
            Kubernetes
            Google Compute Engine
            Google Compute Engine
            Ansible
            Ansible
            Puppet Labs
            Puppet Labs
            Chef
            Chef
            Python
            Python
            #ATComputing

            Since #ATComputing is a vendor independent Linux and open source specialist, we do not have a favorite Linux distribution. We mainly use Ubuntu , Centos Debian , Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora during our daily work. These are also the distributions we see most often used in our customers environments.

            For our #ci/cd training, we use an open source pipeline that is build around Visual Studio Code , Jenkins , VirtualBox , GitHub , Docker Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine.

            For #ServerConfigurationAndAutomation, we have embraced and contributed to Ansible mainly because it is not only flexible and powerful, but also straightforward and easier to learn than some other (open source) solutions. On the other hand: we are not affraid of Puppet Labs and Chef either.

            Currently, our most popular #programming #Language course is Python . The reason Python is so popular has to do with it's versatility, but also with its low complexity. This helps sysadmins to write scripts or simple programs to make their job less repetitive and automating things more fun. Python is also widely used to communicate with (REST) API's and for data analysis.

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            How developers use Ansible, Capistrano, and Pallet
            Avatar of Cloudcraft
            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.

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            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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            Cyrus Stoller uses CapistranoCapistrano

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

            Avatar of GeniusLink
            GeniusLink uses CapistranoCapistrano

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

            Avatar of Nick De Cooman
            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.

            Avatar of Cyril Duchon-Doris
            Cyril Duchon-Doris uses CapistranoCapistrano

            Deployment to remote AWS auto-scaled infrastructure.

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