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Ansible vs Go.CD: 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 Go.CD? Open source continuous delivery tool allows for advanced workflow modeling and dependencies management. GoCD is an open source continuous delivery server created by ThoughtWorks. GoCD offers business a first-class build and deployment engine for complete control and visibility.

Ansible belongs to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack, while Go.CD can be primarily classified under "Continuous Integration".

Some of the features offered by Ansible are:

  • Ansible's natural automation language allows sysadmins, developers, and IT managers to complete automation projects in hours, not weeks.
  • Ansible uses SSH by default instead of requiring agents everywhere. Avoid extra open ports, improve security, eliminate "managing the management", and reclaim CPU cycles.
  • Ansible automates app deployment, configuration management, workflow orchestration, and even cloud provisioning all from one system.

On the other hand, Go.CD provides the following key features:

  • Model complex workflows with dependency management and parallel execution
  • Easy to pass once-built binaries between stages
  • Visibility into your end-to-end workflow. Track a change from commit to deploy at a glance

"Agentless" is the top reason why over 251 developers like Ansible, while over 29 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Go.CD.

Ansible and Go.CD are both open source tools. It seems that Ansible with 38.2K GitHub stars and 16K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Go.CD with 5.02K GitHub stars and 791 GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Ansible has a broader approval, being mentioned in 960 company stacks & 587 developers stacks; compared to Go.CD, which is listed in 28 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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Mohammad Hossein Amri
Chief Technology Officer at Axceligent Solutions · | 3 upvotes · 330.4K views
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I'm open to anything. just want something that break less and doesn't need me to pay for it, and can be hosted on Docker. our scripting language is powershell core. so it's better to support it. also we are building dotnet core in our pipeline, so if they have anything related that helps with the CI would be nice.

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Ankit Malik
Software Developer at CloudCover · | 1 upvotes · 313K views

Google cloud build can help you. It is hosted on cloud and also provide reasonable free quota.

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I'm just getting started using Vagrant to help automate setting up local VMs to set up a Kubernetes cluster (development and experimentation only). (Yes, I do know about minikube)

I'm looking for a tool to help install software packages, setup users, etc..., on these VMs. I'm also fairly new to Ansible, Chef, and Puppet. What's a good one to start with to learn? I might decide to try all 3 at some point for my own curiosity.

The most important factors for me are simplicity, ease of use, shortest learning curve.

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I have been working with Puppet and Ansible. The reason why I prefer ansible is the distribution of it. Ansible is more lightweight and therefore more popular. This leads to situations, where you can get fully packaged applications for ansible (e.g. confluent) supported by the vendor, but only incomplete packages for Puppet.

The only advantage I would see with Puppet if someone wants to use Foreman. This is still better supported with Puppet.

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If you are just starting out, might as well learn Kubernetes There's a lot of tools that come with Kube that make it easier to use and most importantly: you become cloud-agnostic. We use Ansible because it's a lot simpler than Chef or Puppet and if you use Docker Compose for your deployments you can re-use them with Kubernetes later when you migrate

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Pros of Ansible
Pros of GoCD
  • 279
    Agentless
  • 207
    Great configuration
  • 196
    Simple
  • 173
    Powerful
  • 151
    Easy to learn
  • 67
    Flexible
  • 54
    Doesn't get in the way of getting s--- done
  • 34
    Makes sense
  • 30
    Super efficient and flexible
  • 27
    Powerful
  • 11
    Dynamic Inventory
  • 8
    Backed by Red Hat
  • 7
    Works with AWS
  • 6
    Cloud Oriented
  • 6
    Easy to maintain
  • 4
    Easy
  • 4
    Simple and powerful
  • 4
    Because SSH
  • 4
    Procedural or declarative, or both
  • 4
    Multi language
  • 4
    Simple
  • 3
    Vagrant provisioner
  • 3
    Consistency
  • 2
    Fast as hell
  • 2
    Masterless
  • 2
    Well-documented
  • 2
    Debugging is simple
  • 2
    Merge hash to get final configuration similar to hiera
  • 1
    Certified Content
  • 1
    Work on windows, but difficult to manage
  • 32
    Open source
  • 27
    Pipeline dependencies
  • 25
    Pipeline structures
  • 22
    Can run jobs in parallel
  • 20
    Very flexible
  • 15
    Plugin architecture
  • 13
    Environments can keep config secure
  • 12
    Great UI
  • 10
    Good user roles and permissions
  • 9
    Supports many material dependencies
  • 7
    Fan-in, Fan-out
  • 6
    Designed for cd not just ci
  • 4
    Empowers product people to make delivery decisions
  • 2
    Flexible & easy deployment
  • 2
    Pass around artifacts
  • 1
    Build once

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Cons of Ansible
Cons of GoCD
  • 8
    Dangerous
  • 5
    Hard to install
  • 3
    Doesn't Run on Windows
  • 3
    Bloated
  • 3
    Backward compatibility
  • 2
    No immutable infrastructure
  • 2
    Lack of plugins
  • 2
    Horrible ui
  • 1
    No support

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What is Ansible?

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 GoCD?

GoCD is an open source continuous delivery server created by ThoughtWorks. GoCD offers business a first-class build and deployment engine for complete control and visibility.

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