Ansible vs Vagrant: 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; Vagrant: A tool for building and distributing development environments. Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Ansible can be classified as a tool in the "Server Configuration and Automation" category, while Vagrant is grouped under "Virtual Machine Management".
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, Vagrant provides the following key features:
- Up And SSH
- Synced Folders
"Agentless", "Great configuration " and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Ansible; whereas "Development environments", "Simple bootstraping" and "Free" are the primary reasons why Vagrant is favored.
Ansible and Vagrant are both open source tools. Ansible with 38.2K GitHub stars and 16K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Vagrant with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.74K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Ansible has a broader approval, being mentioned in 960 company stacks & 587 developers stacks; compared to Vagrant, which is listed in 802 company stacks and 478 developer stacks.
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