Ansible vs Concourse: What are the differences?
What is Ansible? Radically simple configuration-management, application deployment, task-execution, and multi-node orchestration engine. Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
What is Concourse? Pipeline-based CI system written in Go. Concourse's principles reduce the risk of switching to and from Concourse, by encouraging practices that decouple your project from your CI's little details, and keeping all configuration in declarative files that can be checked into version control.
Ansible can be classified as a tool in the "Server Configuration and Automation" category, while Concourse is grouped under "Continuous Integration".
"Agentless" is the top reason why over 251 developers like Ansible, while over 8 developers mention "Real pipelines" as the leading cause for choosing Concourse.
Ansible and Concourse are both open source tools. It seems that Ansible with 37.8K GitHub stars and 15.8K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Concourse with 3.92K GitHub stars and 472 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Ansible has a broader approval, being mentioned in 955 company stacks & 578 developers stacks; compared to Concourse, which is listed in 18 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.
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