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Pros
"Systems Manager has a feature where it analyzes the logs and gives us a performance overview in the form of a graph. We know when it's taking up more resources and when there are spikes, so we can predict the usability."

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"Stable and scalable configuration management and automation tool. Installing it is easy. Its most valuable feature is its compliance, e.g. it's very good."

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Cons
"We formerly used third-party products to analyze the log, give us information, and find bottlenecks. Systems Manager could provide more tools that conduct this analysis, so we don't have to do it ourselves."

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"Support and pricing for Chef could be improved."

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  • "Pricing for Chef is high."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Systems Manager has a feature where it analyzes the logs and gives us a performance overview in the form of a graph. We know when it's taking up more resources and when there are spikes, so we can… more »
    Top Answer:Price is one of the biggest pain points with Services Manager. The pricing shoots up if there's a surge in demand. There needs to be a better alert system for the pricing that sends notifications with… more »
    Top Answer:The automation functions of Systems Manager need improvement. For example, we formerly used third-party products to analyze the log, give us information, and find bottlenecks. Systems Manager could… more »
    Top Answer:Stable and scalable configuration management and automation tool. Installing it is easy. Its most valuable feature is its compliance, e.g. it's very good.
    Top Answer:Pricing for Chef can be relatively high for some customers but, if we consider the benefits it provides, we can say that it is a reasonable price. . Customers need to pay for the license of the tool… more »
    Top Answer:Support and pricing for Chef could be improved.
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    Amazon Elastic Container Registry
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    Overview

    AWS Systems Manager is a management service that helps you automatically collect software inventory, apply OS patches, create system images, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems. These capabilities help you define and track system configurations, prevent drift, and maintain software compliance of your EC2 and on-premises configurations. By providing a management approach that is designed for the scale and agility of the cloud but extends into your on-premises data center, Systems Manager makes it easier for you to seamlessly bridge your existing infrastructure with AWS.

    Systems Manager is easy to use. Simply access Systems Manager from the EC2 Management Console, select the instances you want to manage, and define the management tasks you want to perform. Systems Manager is available now at no cost to manage both your EC2 and on-premises resources.

    Chef, is the leader in DevOps, driving collaboration through code to automate infrastructure, security, compliance and applications. Chef provides a single path to production making it faster and safer to add value to applications and meet the demands of the customer. Deployed broadly in production by the Global 5000 and used by more than half of the Fortune 500, Chef develops 100 percent of its software as open source under the Apache 2.0 license with no restrictions on its use. Chef Enterprise Automation Stack™, a commercial distribution, is developed solely from that open source code and unifies security, compliance, infrastructure and application automation with observability. Chef provides an unequaled developer experience for the Coded Enterprise by enabling users to express infrastructure, security policies and the application lifecycle as code, modernizing development, packaging and delivery of any application to any platform. For more information, visit http://chef.io and follow @chef.

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    Sample Customers
    Expedia, Intuit, Royal Dutch Shell, Brooks Brothers
    Facebook, Standard Bank, GE Capital, Nordstrom, Optum, Barclays, IGN, General Motors, Scholastic, Riot Games, NCR, Gap
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Media Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government8%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Non Tech Company13%
    Legal Firm13%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company23%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise74%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise63%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    AWS Systems Manager is ranked 10th in Configuration Management with 1 review while Chef is ranked 16th in Configuration Management with 1 review. AWS Systems Manager is rated 8.0, while Chef is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of AWS Systems Manager writes "Root cause analysis helps us find source of unexpected spikes". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Chef writes "Easy to install configuration management and automation tool with a good compliance feature". AWS Systems Manager is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, AWS OpsWorks, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Red Hat Satellite and BigFix, whereas Chef is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Jenkins, Microsoft Azure DevOps and BigFix.

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