Ansible vs GitLab: What are the differences?
Ansible: 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; GitLab: Open source self-hosted Git management software. GitLab offers git repository management, code reviews, issue tracking, activity feeds and wikis. Enterprises install GitLab on-premise and connect it with LDAP and Active Directory servers for secure authentication and authorization. A single GitLab server can handle more than 25,000 users but it is also possible to create a high availability setup with multiple active servers.
Ansible and GitLab are primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" and "Code Collaboration & Version Control" tools respectively.
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, GitLab provides the following key features:
- Manage git repositories with fine grained access controls that keep your code secure
- Perform code reviews and enhance collaboration with merge requests
- Each project can also have an issue tracker and a wiki
"Agentless", "Great configuration " and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Ansible; whereas "Self hosted", "Free" and "Has community edition" are the primary reasons why GitLab is favored.
Ansible and GitLab are both open source tools. Ansible with 38.2K GitHub stars and 16K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than GitLab with 20.1K GitHub stars and 5.33K GitHub forks.
Alibaba.com, trivago, and Avocode are some of the popular companies that use GitLab, whereas Ansible is used by DigitalOcean, 9GAG, and Rainist. GitLab has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1233 company stacks & 1475 developers stacks; compared to Ansible, which is listed in 960 company stacks and 587 developer stacks.
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