Chef vs. Salt vs. Shipit



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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 Shipit?

Shipit is an automation engine and a deployment tool written for node / iojs. Shipit was built to be a Capistrano alternative for people who don't know ruby, or who experienced some issues with it. If you want to write tasks in JavaScript and enjoy the node ecosystem, Shipit is also for you.

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Why do developers choose Chef?
Why do you like Chef?

Why do developers choose Salt?
Why do you like Salt?

Why do developers choose Shipit?
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What are the cons of using Chef?
No Cons submitted yet for Chef
Downsides of Chef?

What are the cons of using Salt?
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What are the cons of using Shipit?
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How much does Chef cost?
Chef Pricing
How much does Salt cost?
How much does Shipit cost?
What companies use Chef?
438 companies on StackShare use Chef
What companies use Salt?
105 companies on StackShare use Salt
What companies use Shipit?
5 companies on StackShare use Shipit
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 Shipit?

  • 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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