Ansible vs Kubernetes: What are the differences?
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; Kubernetes: Manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. Kubernetes is an open source orchestration system for Docker containers. It handles scheduling onto nodes in a compute cluster and actively manages workloads to ensure that their state matches the users declared intentions.
Ansible and Kubernetes are primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" and "Container" tools respectively.
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, Kubernetes provides the following key features:
- Lightweight, simple and accessible
- Built for a multi-cloud world, public, private or hybrid
- Highly modular, designed so that all of its components are easily swappable
"Agentless", "Great configuration " and "Simple" are the key factors why developers consider Ansible; whereas "Leading docker container management solution", "Simple and powerful" and "Open source" are the primary reasons why Kubernetes is favored.
Ansible and Kubernetes are both open source tools. It seems that Kubernetes with 54.2K GitHub stars and 18.8K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Ansible with 37.8K GitHub stars and 15.8K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Kubernetes has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1017 company stacks & 1060 developers stacks; compared to Ansible, which is listed in 956 company stacks and 578 developer stacks.
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