Puppet Labs vs Vagrant: What are the differences?
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; Vagrant: A tool for building and distributing development environments. Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
Puppet Labs and Vagrant are primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" and "Virtual Machine Management" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Puppet Labs are:
- 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.
On the other hand, Vagrant provides the following key features:
- Up And SSH
- Synced Folders
"Devops" is the top reason why over 45 developers like Puppet Labs, while over 354 developers mention "Development environments" as the leading cause for choosing Vagrant.
Puppet Labs and Vagrant are both open source tools. It seems that Vagrant with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.74K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Puppet Labs with 5.37K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Vagrant has a broader approval, being mentioned in 802 company stacks & 479 developers stacks; compared to Puppet Labs, which is listed in 180 company stacks and 49 developer stacks.
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