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AWX vs Puppet Labs: What are the differences?

AWX: Centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard. AWX provides a web-based user interface, REST API, and task engine built on top of Ansible. It is the upstream project for Tower, a commercial derivative of AWX. Ansible Towers powers enterprise automation by adding control, security and delegation capabilities to Ansible environments; Puppet Labs: Server automation framework and application. 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.

AWX and Puppet Labs belong to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack.

AWX and Puppet Labs are both open source tools. AWX with 6.17K GitHub stars and 1.4K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Puppet Labs with 5.37K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks.

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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 AWX
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    Open source
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    Devops
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    Automate it
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    Reusable components
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    Dynamic and idempotent server configuration
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    Great community
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    Very scalable
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    Cloud management
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    Easy to maintain
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    Free tier
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    Works with Amazon EC2
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    Ruby
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    Declarative
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    Works with Azure
  • 3
    Works with OpenStack
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    Ease of use
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    Nginx

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      Steep learning curve
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      Customs types idempotence

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    What is AWX?

    AWX provides a web-based user interface, REST API, and task engine built on top of Ansible. It is the upstream project for Tower, a commercial derivative of AWX. Ansible Towers powers enterprise automation by adding control, security and delegation capabilities to Ansible environments.

    What is 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.

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