Alternatives to Ansible for all platforms with any license




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  • Puppet icon


    Puppet Data Center Automation Solution helps you save time, gain visibility into your server environment, and ensure consistency across your IT infrastructure.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web

  • Salt icon


    Salt is a powerful remote execution manager that can be used to administer and provision servers in a fast and efficient way. Salt allows commands to be executed...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Chef icon


    Chef is an open source systems integration framework built to bring the benefits of configuration management to your entire infrastructure. You write source code to...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Fabric icon


    Fabric is a Python library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks.

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • cdist icon


    cdist is an alternative to other configuration management systems like cfengine, bcfg2, chef and puppet. But cdist ticks differently.

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • (R)?ex icon


    (R)?ex - manage all your boxes from a central point - Datacenter Automation and Configuration Management

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Otter icon


    Otter is modern infrastructure automation that utilizes Infrastructure as Code to help teams with Configuration and Orchestration.

    Freemium Windows

  • Cobbler icon


    Cobbler is a Linux installation server that allows for rapid setup of network installation environments. It glues together and automates many associated Linux tasks so...

    Open Source Linux

  • RunDeck icon


    RunDeck is an open source automation service with a web console, command line tools and a WebAPI. It lets you easily run automation tasks across a set of nodes.

    Open Source Linux

  • Bcfg2 icon


    Bcfg2 helps system administrators produce a consistent, reproducible, and verifiable description of their environment, and offers visualization and reporting tools to...

    Open Source Mac Linux

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    CFEngine is a configuration management and automation framework that lets you securely manage your mission critical IT infrastructure.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web

  • Apstra icon


    The Apstra Operating System (AOS) is a vendor-agnostic, intent-based networking system for the data center network featuring closed-loop telemetry.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

  • Crowbar

    Crowbar is an Open Source platform for server provisioning and deployment from bare metal. It provides server discovery, firmware upgrades, and operating system...

    Open Source Linux

Ansible Comments

Coercive business practices

about Ansible · ·

We were using Ansible, but when we outgrew our plan we discovered they wanted $35,000 per year to increase to a higher server limit. Ansible is a fine product, but that pricing is all out of proportion to the complexity or value it adds. My development team wrote a script to accomplish what we needed to in about a day. $35,000 saved.

When I went to cancel they said that we were stuck with the product for year-- another 4 months of payments. Yes, if you go through the normal "I agree" pages to buying software or services, you will find that in there. Also, you will find that they require 90 days advance notice to cancel the service. These things are clearly spelled out in the multi-page license agreement, so technically it is honest. Just not ethical. I personally despise such coercive business practices. Ethical companies do not require "cancellation windows." Just stop paying when you don't need it.

So, if you do business with Ansible, read the contracts very carefully. Don't just do the usual "I agree." Or, better yet, consider carefully if you want to be doing business with a company that you need to watch that closely.

Update: since writing this, we moved to Rundeck and I would highly recommend it.