Ansible vs. Chef vs. Salt



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Description

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 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.

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Pros

Why do developers choose Ansible?
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Why do developers choose Chef?
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Why do developers choose Salt?
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Cons

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

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

How much does Ansible cost?
Ansible Pricing
How much does Chef cost?
Chef Pricing
How much does Salt cost?

Companies

What companies use Ansible?
1098 companies on StackShare use Ansible
What companies use Chef?
435 companies on StackShare use Chef
What companies use Salt?
103 companies on StackShare use Salt

Integrations

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 tools integrate with Salt?
4 tools on StackShare integrate with Salt

What are some alternatives to Ansible, Chef, and Salt?

  • 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
  • AWS OpsWorks - Model and manage your entire application from load balancers to databases using Chef

See all alternatives to Ansible

Latest News

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