Runbook vs StackStorm: What are the differences?
What is Runbook? Infrastructure Monitoring with Automated Remediation. Runbook is a SaaS application that monitors your servers and performs automated tasks when your monitors fails. Use Runbook to automatically recover from application crashes and unexpected failure without interrupting your service or your well earned sleep!.
What is StackStorm? Open Source IFTTT for Ops: event-driven automation, security responses, auto-remediation with workflow engine & ChatOps. StackStorm is a platform for integration and automation across services and tools. It ties together your existing infrastructure and application environment so you can more easily automate that environment -- with a particular focus on taking actions in response to events.
Runbook and StackStorm belong to "Remote Server Task Execution" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Runbook are:
- Monitors are used to check the status of your environment. They can be webhooks that call to the Runbook RESTful API, they can be Datadog alerts, they can be ping requests. Or, you can setup our TCP custom port to validate connectivity.
- Reactions are automated tasks that are called when Monitors fail. It can be anything from starting or restarting servers on AWS, Digital Ocean, or elsewhere, to running a custom script or executing a command. You know, all the first things you try when you get a 4am wake-up call
- Integrated with the tools you use today: Heroku, Salt, Rackspace, DigitalOcean, Logentries
On the other hand, StackStorm provides the following key features:
- Automations tie events to actions you’d like to take, using a rules engine and, if you want, comprehensive workflow. Automations are your operational patterns summarized as code.
- StackStorm automations work either by starting with your existing scripts – just add simple meta data – or by authoring the automations within StackStorm.
- Automations are the heart of StackStorm – they allow you to share operational patterns, boost productivity, and automate away the routine.
Runbook and StackStorm are both open source tools. It seems that StackStorm with 3.27K GitHub stars and 435 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Runbook with 193 GitHub stars and 55 GitHub forks.
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StackStorm wires together all tools like Chef, Trello, Puppet, Slack, Jira, NewRelic, GitHub, AWS, Ansible, Nagios, Docker, Logstash and all those other 100500 services into single Operations Center.
You can tie anything with anything. This approach improves existing configuration management and monitoring solutions to deliver automation in completely new, more efficient way.
So if you want to create something like smart self-healing infrastructure or maybe just rule your 100 servers from slack chat - StackStorm can help with that. And it's completely OpenSource!