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What is Octopus Deploy? 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.

What is Puppet Labs? Server automation framework and application. Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.

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

Some of the features offered by Octopus Deploy are:

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

On the other hand, Puppet Labs provides the following key features:

  • Insight- Puppet Enterprise's event inspector gives immediate and actionable insight into your environment, showing you what changed, where and how by classes, nodes and resources.
  • Discovery- Puppet Enterprise delivers a dynamic and fully-pluggable discovery service that allows you to take advantage of any data source or real-time query results to quickly locate, identify and group cloud nodes.
  • Provisioning- Automatically provision and configure bare metal, virtual, and private or public cloud capacity, all from a single pane. Save time getting your cloud projects off the ground by reusing the same configuration modules you set up for your physical deployments.

"Powerful" is the top reason why over 26 developers like Octopus Deploy, while over 45 developers mention "Devops" as the leading cause for choosing Puppet Labs.

Puppet Labs is an open source tool with 5.37K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Puppet Labs's open source repository on GitHub.

Uber Technologies, Twitch, and PayPal are some of the popular companies that use Puppet Labs, whereas Octopus Deploy is used by Starbucks, Olo, and Huddle. Puppet Labs has a broader approval, being mentioned in 180 company stacks & 49 developers stacks; compared to Octopus Deploy, which is listed in 47 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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Gabriel Pa

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 Octopus Deploy
Pros of Puppet Labs
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  • 25
  • 19
    Easy to learn
  • 15
    .Net oriented
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    Easy to manage releases and rollback
  • 7
    Allows multitenancy
  • 4
    Nice interface
  • 51
  • 44
    Automate it
  • 26
    Reusable components
  • 21
    Dynamic and idempotent server configuration
  • 18
    Great community
  • 12
    Cloud management
  • 12
    Very scalable
  • 10
    Easy to maintain
  • 9
    Free tier
  • 6
    Works with Amazon EC2
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
    Works with Azure
  • 3
    Works with OpenStack
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    Ease of use

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Cons of Octopus Deploy
Cons of Puppet Labs
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    Poor UI
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    Config & variables not versioned (e.g. in git)
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    Management of Config
  • 3
    Steep learning curve
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    Customs types idempotence

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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.

What is Puppet Labs?

Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.

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Focus on coding and count on Bamboo as your CI and build server! Create multi-stage build plans, set up triggers to start builds upon commits, and assign agents to your critical builds and deployments.
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