Alternatives to Ansible for all platforms with any license

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  • Puppet icon

    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 / Cloud

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    DCImanager

    DCImanager is a highly customizable control panel for Data Center Infrastructure Management. It can be used by data-center owners and service providers who have server equipment or separate racks in a data center.

    Commercial Linux

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    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 across large groups of servers. This means systems can be easily...

    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 describe how you want each part of your infrastructure to be built...

    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

  • Cobbler icon

    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 you do not have to hop between lots of various commands and...

    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

  • Crowbar

    Crowbar is an Open Source platform for server provisioning and deployment from bare metal. It provides server discovery, firmware upgrades, and operating system installation using PXE Boot. It deploys applications on top of...

    Open Source Linux

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    Rudder

    Professional open source automation and compliance with a lightweight agent, simple web interface and realtime feedback on all your configurations.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android BSD Solaris

  • 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 restoration of user data. This tool design goal is to help the system...

    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, maintenance, and deployment. DropBox simplified online storage, GitHub...

    Commercial Linux

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    RunDeck

    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

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    Bcfg2

    Bcfg2 helps system administrators produce a consistent, reproducible, and verifiable description of their environment, and offers visualization and reporting tools to aid in day-to-day administrative tasks. It is the fifth generation...

    Open Source Mac Linux

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    Distelli

    Build and deploy your code from GitHub and BitBucket (or no repository at all) to any server in the world regardless of provider.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    Cfengine

    Cfengine, the world technology leader in datacenter automation, based on state-of-the-art research and development, is used by more than 5000 companies on millions of machines world-wide. Versatile and lightweight, Cfengine is the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    Foreman

    Foreman is an open source project that helps system administrators manage servers throughout their lifecycle, from provisioning and configuration to orchestration and monitoring. Using Puppet or Chef and Foreman's smart proxy...

    Open Source Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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  • Release Management for Visual Studio

    Release Management for Visual Studio is a continuous delivery solution that automates the release process through various environments all the way to production.

    Commercial Windows Microsoft Visual Studio

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    Mina

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

    Open Source Linux

  • Pallet

    Pallet is platform for agile and programmatic automation of infrastructure in the cloud, on server racks or directly on virtual machines. Pallet provides cloud provider and operating system independence, and allows for an...

    Open Source Linux

  • glu

    glu is an open source deployment and monitoring automation platform.

    Open Source Linux

  • Sprinkle

    Sprinkle is a software provisioning tool you can use to build remote servers with. eg. to install a Rails, or Sinatra stack on a brand new slice directly after its been created.

    Open Source 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 machines and chroot environments, from small networks to...

    Open Source Linux

  • Tstconfig

    Tstconfig is a system administration tool that tests (a large number of) configuration files automatically. Mainly intended for security, it can be used to test any configuration file on a Linux system. The distribution includes...

    Free Linux

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    Nlyte Software

    A Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader in 2014, 2015, 2016, Nlyte is the leading provider of Data Center Infrastructure Management and has the largest and most sophisticated DCIM implementations in the world with a modern, web-services...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud

  • Propellor

    Propellor is a configuration management system using Haskell and Git. Each system has a list of properties, which Propellor ensures are satisfied. Linux and FreeBSD are supported.

    Open Source Linux BSD

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    PSSH

    PSSH, Parallel SSH Tools, provides parallel versions of OpenSSH and related tools. Included in the distribution: * Parallel ssh (pssh) * Parallel scp (pscp) * Parallel rsync (prsync) * Parallel nuke (pnuke) ...

    Open Source Linux

  • Rdist

    MagniComp RDist is an open source program to maintain identical copies of files over multiple hosts. It preserves the owner, group, mode, and mtime of files and can update programs that are executing.

    Open Source Linux BSD

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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