Ansible vs Octopus Deploy

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Ansible vs Octopus Deploy: 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, Octopus Deploy is detailed as "Automated deployment for .NET". Octopus works with your build server to enable reliable, secure, automated releases of ASP.NET applications and Windows Services into test, staging and production environments, whether they are in the cloud or on-premises.

Ansible can be classified as a tool in the "Server Configuration and Automation" category, while Octopus Deploy is grouped under "Deployment as a Service".

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, Octopus Deploy provides the following key features:

  • Deploy on-premises or to the cloud, securely
  • Built for .NET developers
  • Configuration and scripting

"Agentless" is the top reason why over 251 developers like Ansible, while over 26 developers mention "Powerful" as the leading cause for choosing Octopus Deploy.

Ansible is an open source tool with 37.8K GitHub stars and 15.8K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Ansible's open source repository on GitHub.

PedidosYa, Keen, and New Relic are some of the popular companies that use Ansible, whereas Octopus Deploy is used by Starbucks, AX Semantics, and Olo. Ansible has a broader approval, being mentioned in 955 company stacks & 578 developers stacks; compared to Octopus Deploy, which is listed in 45 company stacks and 15 developer stacks.

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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 Octopus Deploy
  • 281
    Agentless
  • 207
    Great configuration
  • 196
    Simple
  • 174
    Powerful
  • 152
    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
    Easy to maintain
  • 6
    Cloud Oriented
  • 4
    Easy
  • 4
    Procedural or declarative, or both
  • 4
    Simple and powerful
  • 4
    Because SSH
  • 4
    Multi language
  • 4
    Simple
  • 3
    Consistency
  • 3
    Vagrant provisioner
  • 2
    Well-documented
  • 2
    Masterless
  • 2
    Debugging is simple
  • 2
    Merge hash to get final configuration similar to hiera
  • 2
    Fast as hell
  • 1
    Manage any OS
  • 1
    Work on windows, but difficult to manage
  • 1
    Certified Content
  • 30
    Powerful
  • 25
    Simplicity
  • 19
    Easy to learn
  • 15
    .Net oriented
  • 14
    Easy to manage releases and rollback
  • 7
    Allows multitenancy
  • 4
    Nice interface

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Cons of Ansible
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    Dangerous
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    Hard to install
  • 3
    Doesn't Run on Windows
  • 3
    Bloated
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    Backward compatibility
  • 2
    No immutable infrastructure
  • 4
    Poor UI
  • 2
    Config & variables not versioned (e.g. in git)
  • 2
    Management of Config

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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 Octopus Deploy?

Octopus Deploy helps teams to manage releases, automate deployments, and operate applications with automated runbooks. It's free for small teams.

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