Alternatives to Ansible for all platforms with any license

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    Puppet

    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

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  • Salt icon

    Salt

    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

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    Chef

    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

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    Fabric

    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

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    (R)?ex

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

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    cdist

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

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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    Cobbler

    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

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    Otter

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

    Freemium Windows

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  • 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

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    Mina

    Mina is a really fast deployer and server automation tool written in Ruby.

    Open Source Linux

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    EIP SAM

    SAM-Solution is a management tool for IT-infrastructures, intended for companies. It allows to centralize system and software migrations, as well as backup and...

    Open Source Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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    Commando.io

    A simpler way to manage servers online. Commando.io empowers users to be more efficient, improve their workflow, and eliminate anxiety over server provisioning...

    Commercial Linux

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    FAI

    FAI, Fully Automatic Installation, is a non-interactive system to install, customize and manage Linux systems and software configurations on computers as well as virtual...

    Open Source Linux

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Ansible Comments

Coercive business practices

Negative Comment by reinteder
about Ansible Jul 2015

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.

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