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Puppet Labs vs VisualOps: What are the differences?

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; VisualOps: Visual DevOps Automation for Amazon Web Services. VisualOps has a WYSIWYG editor to design, configure and provision your AWS cloud applications. Once the applications are deployed, VisualOps continuously monitors and manages the apps to ensure they always run in the defined states.

Puppet Labs and VisualOps can be primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" tools.

Some of the features offered by Puppet Labs are:

  • Insight- Puppet Enterprise's event inspector gives immediate and actionable insight into your environment, showing you what changed, where and how by classes, nodes and resources.
  • Discovery- Puppet Enterprise delivers a dynamic and fully-pluggable discovery service that allows you to take advantage of any data source or real-time query results to quickly locate, identify and group cloud nodes.
  • Provisioning- Automatically provision and configure bare metal, virtual, and private or public cloud capacity, all from a single pane. Save time getting your cloud projects off the ground by reusing the same configuration modules you set up for your physical deployments.

On the other hand, VisualOps provides the following key features:

  • drag-n-drop components to build your AWS infrastructure
  • clicks instances to setup the software configuration (package, file, code, etc.)
  • single click to deploy, within minutes the app is ready to use!

Puppet Labs is an open source tool with 5.37K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Puppet Labs's open source repository on GitHub.

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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.

What is VisualOps?

VisualOps has a WYSIWYG editor to design, configure and provision your AWS cloud applications. Once the applications are deployed, VisualOps continuously monitors and manages the apps to ensure they always run in the defined states.

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      Avatar of Cyrus Stoller
      Cyrus Stoller uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

      I'm using puppet to configure my servers. This makes it really simple to ensure that I have the same environment. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the repeatability definitely makes it worth the effort. I found puppet to be a little easier to pick up relative to chef, but I've used both. They're both great solutions.

      I really like that there are a lot of modules available on the puppet forge that are being actively maintained.

      Avatar of Trusted Shops GmbH
      Trusted Shops GmbH uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

      We provision all servers with puppet. We have one central Puppet server which uses puppet modules referenced by a Puppetfile. Those puppet modules are partly from forge and partly self written.

      All modules which are self written, have to be tested using rspec-puppet and beaker.

      Avatar of Opstax Ltd
      Opstax Ltd uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

      Opstax uses puppet for role/profile based configuration management and the distribution of small/static code.

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      GeniusLink uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

      Configures or servers and allows us to be region independent we have 5 regions across the globe.

      Avatar of Michael Wieland
      Michael Wieland uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

      The server is set up using Puppet

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