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Ansible vs Cloud9 IDE: What are the differences?

Developers describe Ansible as "Radically simple configuration-management, application deployment, task-execution, and multi-node orchestration engine". 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. On the other hand, Cloud9 IDE is detailed as "Your development environment, in the cloud". Cloud9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Cloud9 enables developers to get started with coding immediately with pre-setup environments called workspaces, collaborate with their peers with collaborative coding features, and build web apps with features like live preview and browser compatibility testing. It supports more than 40 languages, with class A support for PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and Go.

Ansible can be classified as a tool in the "Server Configuration and Automation" category, while Cloud9 IDE is grouped under "Cloud IDE".

Some of the features offered by Ansible are:

  • Ansible's natural automation language allows sysadmins, developers, and IT managers to complete automation projects in hours, not weeks.
  • Ansible uses SSH by default instead of requiring agents everywhere. Avoid extra open ports, improve security, eliminate "managing the management", and reclaim CPU cycles.
  • Ansible automates app deployment, configuration management, workflow orchestration, and even cloud provisioning all from one system.

On the other hand, Cloud9 IDE provides the following key features:

  • Real-time collaboration and chat
  • Connect via SSH and FTP
  • Code Completion (suggestions)

"Agentless", "Great configuration " and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Ansible; whereas "Easy to use", "Free" and "Nice UI" are the primary reasons why Cloud9 IDE is favored.

Ansible is an open source tool with 37.8K GitHub stars and 15.8K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Ansible's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, Ansible has a broader approval, being mentioned in 955 company stacks & 578 developers stacks; compared to Cloud9 IDE, which is listed in 28 company stacks and 40 developer stacks.

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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 Cloud9 IDE?

Cloud9 provides a development environment in the cloud. Cloud9 enables developers to get started with coding immediately with pre-setup environments called workspaces, collaborate with their peers with collaborative coding features, and build web apps with features like live preview and browser compatibility testing. It supports more than 40 languages, with class A support for PHP, Ruby, Python, JavaScript/Node.js, and Go.
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What are some alternatives to Ansible and Cloud9 IDE?
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 and Cloud9 IDE
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StackShare Editors
Ansible
Ansible
Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs
Salt
Salt

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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Marcel Kornegoor
Marcel Kornegoor
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Python
Python
Chef
Chef
Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs
Ansible
Ansible
Google Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Docker
Docker
GitHub
GitHub
VirtualBox
VirtualBox
Jenkins
Jenkins
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Fedora
Fedora
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Debian
Debian
CentOS
CentOS
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Linux
Linux
#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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Reviews of Ansible and Cloud9 IDE
Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE
  • I use a Cloud9 micro plan and connect SSH workspaces to Google Compute Engine instances.

  • For me, Cloud 9 has good documentation, and it's relatively quick to install on my Debian instances using the Cloud 9 install script.

  • I prefer a cloud-based IDE since I don't want to spend resources on my local or remote machines running or maintaining an IDE.

  • As of Dec 2015, Cloud9 doesn't support debugging in Python. However, this hasn't been a problem for me since I use pdb for debugging and pytest for testing. I use the IDE mostly for code navigation, autocomplete, and managing packages with many files.

  • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome

Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I've tried to use Cloud9, but I really don't like it. They say it has real-time collaboration, and it does — but only for 2 people, because the backend shuts everything down and lets nobody access anything if more than 2 people want to use it. The UI looks pretty bad, Cloud9 is completely inaccessible from mobile devices, and it freezes my computer because it uses so much memory. It's free and they will host your files for free, but I much prefer GitHub.

Review ofCloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I don't like Cloud9 because when several people(even 4) are on the workspace, the entire thing lags out. Really frustrating

How developers use Ansible and Cloud9 IDE
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Samuel Harrold uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE
  • I use a Cloud9 micro plan and connect SSH workspaces to Google Compute Engine instances.
  • For me, Cloud 9 has good documentation, and it's relatively quick to install on my Debian instances using the Cloud 9 install script.
  • I prefer a cloud-based IDE since I don't want to spend resources on my local or remote machines running or maintaining an IDE.
  • As of Dec 2015, Cloud9 doesn't support debugging in Python. However, this hasn't been a problem for me since I use pdb for debugging and pytest for testing. I use the IDE mostly for code navigation, autocomplete, and managing packages with many files.
  • Related blog post with example usage: Running an IPython Notebook on Google Compute Engine from Chrome
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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.

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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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Yaakov Belch uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I use the clound9 IDE mainly in my training courses: Students don't need to install anything on their Laptops to participate in the live exercises.

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MyklClason uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

I use Cloud9 as my preferred Rails development environment. It saves me a lot time and trouble compared to developing locally (I run Windows).

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Tim De Lange uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

Quick testing of frameworks without having to install on my own PC.

Very useful when you cannot use your own computer.

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InApplet uses Cloud9 IDECloud9 IDE

IDE online onde é desenvolvido nosso código-fonte, recomendamos Cloud9

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