Ansible vs Apache Mesos: What are the differences?
Developers describe Ansible as "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. On the other hand, Apache Mesos is detailed as "Develop and run resource-efficient distributed systems". Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that simplifies the complexity of running applications on a shared pool of servers.
Ansible and Apache Mesos are primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" and "Cluster Management" 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, Apache Mesos provides the following key features:
- Fault-tolerant replicated master using ZooKeeper
- Scalability to 10,000s of nodes
- Isolation between tasks with Linux Containers
"Agentless" is the primary reason why developers consider Ansible over the competitors, whereas "Easy scaling" was stated as the key factor in picking Apache Mesos.
Ansible is an open source tool with 38.2K GitHub stars and 16K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Ansible's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, Ansible has a broader approval, being mentioned in 960 company stacks & 587 developers stacks; compared to Apache Mesos, which is listed in 61 company stacks and 19 developer stacks.
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