Review: Puppet vs. Chef vs. Ansible vs. Salt

Puppet [7], Chef [8], Ansible [9], and Salt [10] were all built with that very goal in mind: to make it much easier to configure and maintain dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of servers. That’s not to say that smaller shops won’t benefit from these tools, as automation and orchestration generally make life easier in an infrastructure of any size. I looked at each of these four tools in depth, explored their design and function, and determined that, while some scored higher than others, there’s a place for each to fit in, depending on the goals of the deployment. Here, I summarize my findings.

(Full Story: http://www.infoworld.com/print/231308 )

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