Chef vs. Salt vs. Pallet

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What is 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.

What is 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.

What is Pallet?

The machines being managed require no special dependencies to be installed. As long as they have bash and ssh running, they can be used with pallet. Pallet has no central server to set up and maintain - it simply runs on demand. You can run it from anywhere, even over a remote REPL connection.
Why do developers choose Chef?
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Why do developers choose Salt?
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Why do developers choose Pallet?
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What are the cons of using Chef?
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What are the cons of using Pallet?
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How much does Chef cost?
Chef Pricing
How much does Salt cost?
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What companies use Chef?
438 companies on StackShare use Chef
What companies use Salt?
105 companies on StackShare use Salt
What companies use Pallet?
0 companies on StackShare use Pallet
What tools integrate with Chef?
22 tools on StackShare integrate with Chef
What tools integrate with Salt?
4 tools on StackShare integrate with Salt
No integrations listed yet

What are some alternatives to Chef, Salt, and Pallet?

  • Ansible - Radically simple configuration-management, application deployment, task-execution, and multi-node orchestration engine
  • Capistrano - A remote server automation and deployment tool written in Ruby
  • Puppet Labs - Server automation framework and application
  • Fabric - Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment

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