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

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

What are the cons of using Ansible?
Downsides of Ansible?

What are the cons of using Chef?
No Cons submitted yet for Chef
Downsides of Chef?

How much does Ansible cost?
Ansible Pricing
How much does Chef cost?
Chef Pricing
What companies use Ansible?
1158 companies on StackShare use Ansible
What companies use Chef?
438 companies on StackShare use Chef
What tools integrate with Ansible?
28 tools on StackShare integrate with Ansible
What tools integrate with Chef?
22 tools on StackShare integrate with Chef

What are some alternatives to Ansible and Chef?

  • 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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