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Ansible vs Zookeeper: 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, Zookeeper is detailed as "Because coordinating distributed systems is a Zoo". A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications.

Ansible belongs to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack, while Zookeeper can be primarily classified under "Open Source Service Discovery".

"Agentless" is the primary reason why developers consider Ansible over the competitors, whereas "High performance ,easy to generate node specific config" was stated as the key factor in picking Zookeeper.

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 Zookeeper, which is listed in 116 company stacks and 48 developer stacks.

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I'm just getting started using Vagrant to help automate setting up local VMs to set up a Kubernetes cluster (development and experimentation only). (Yes, I do know about minikube)

I'm looking for a tool to help install software packages, setup users, etc..., on these VMs. I'm also fairly new to Ansible, Chef, and Puppet. What's a good one to start with to learn? I might decide to try all 3 at some point for my own curiosity.

The most important factors for me are simplicity, ease of use, shortest learning curve.

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I have been working with Puppet and Ansible. The reason why I prefer ansible is the distribution of it. Ansible is more lightweight and therefore more popular. This leads to situations, where you can get fully packaged applications for ansible (e.g. confluent) supported by the vendor, but only incomplete packages for Puppet.

The only advantage I would see with Puppet if someone wants to use Foreman. This is still better supported with Puppet.

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If you are just starting out, might as well learn Kubernetes There's a lot of tools that come with Kube that make it easier to use and most importantly: you become cloud-agnostic. We use Ansible because it's a lot simpler than Chef or Puppet and if you use Docker Compose for your deployments you can re-use them with Kubernetes later when you migrate

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Pros of Ansible
Pros of Zookeeper
  • 275
    Agentless
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    Great configuration
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    Simple
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    Powerful
  • 151
    Easy to learn
  • 66
    Flexible
  • 54
    Doesn't get in the way of getting s--- done
  • 33
    Makes sense
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    Super efficient and flexible
  • 27
    Powerful
  • 11
    Dynamic Inventory
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    Backed by Red Hat
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    Works with AWS
  • 6
    Cloud Oriented
  • 6
    Easy to maintain
  • 4
    Procedural or declarative, or both
  • 4
    Simple and powerful
  • 4
    Because SSH
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    Multi language
  • 4
    Easy
  • 4
    Simple
  • 3
    Vagrant provisioner
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    Consistency
  • 2
    Masterless
  • 2
    Debugging is simple
  • 2
    Fast as hell
  • 2
    Well-documented
  • 2
    Merge hash to get final configuration similar to hiera
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    Certified Content
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    Work on windows, but difficult to manage
  • 11
    High performance ,easy to generate node specific config
  • 8
    Kafka support
  • 8
    Java
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    Spring Boot Support
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    Supports extensive distributed IPC
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    Supports DC/OS
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    Used in ClickHouse
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    Curator
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    Embeddable In Java Service
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    Used in Hadoop

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Cons of Ansible
Cons of Zookeeper
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    Hard to install
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    Dangerous
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    Bloated
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    Backward compatibility
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    Doesn't Run on Windows
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    No immutable infrastructure
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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 Zookeeper?

    A centralized service for maintaining configuration information, naming, providing distributed synchronization, and providing group services. All of these kinds of services are used in some form or another by distributed applications.

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