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We performed a comparison between Puppet Enterprise and SaltStack based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"The most valuable features are the agent, high load balancing, and overall robustness and features.""Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly."

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"The automation functionality has been most valuable. With a click of a button, we are able to automate provisioning, the build of new hardware and apply patches. These are all extremely important and differentiated tasks that can be automated in SaltStack."

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Cons
"It's a bit of a pain point to make sure that everything works once we've upgraded it because Puppet has been evolving pretty fast.""The solution has really complex code, you have to understand the Ruby language. However, once you know the code then you can move ahead without any problems."

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"This solution could be integrated with more hardware for an improved offering."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive."
  • "Depending on the size of the organization there is a point when the price of Puppet Enterprise should be lower. However, they provide really good functionality, features, and capabilities."
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  • "The pricing for this solution is roughly 20% lower than the competitive products in the market."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly.
    Top Answer:Puppet is one of the best products available — even when it comes to the cloud. It's very popular. There are only two main cloud competitors when it comes to configuration management: Puppet and Chef… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are the agent, high load balancing, and overall robustness and features.
    Top Answer:The automation functionality has been most valuable. With a click of a button, we are able to automate provisioning, the build of new hardware and apply patches. These are all extremely important and… more »
    Top Answer:This solution could be integrated with more hardware for an improved offering.
    Top Answer:We have used it for infrastructure management between our hybrid cloud, provisioning and patching, using automation.
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    9th
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    1,045
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    Average Words per Review
    275
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    8.0
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    Overview

    Puppet Data Center Automation helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. With our software, businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices, across physical and virtual machines, on prem or in the cloud.

    SaltStack is an intelligent IT automation platform that can manage, secure, and optimize any infrastructure—on-prem, in the cloud, or at the edge. It’s built on a unique and powerful event-driven automation engine that detects events in any system and reacts intelligently to them, making it an extremely effective solution for managing large, complex environments. And with the newly launched SecOps offering, SaltStack can detect security vulnerabilities and non-compliant, mis-configured systems. As soon as an issue is detected, this powerful automation helps you and your team remediate it, keeping your infrastructure securely configured, compliant, and up-to-date.

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    Sample Customers
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, GitHub, IP Commerce, Cedexis, Spiceworks, Server Density, Swisstopo, Chockstone, Constant Contact, NICS, Citrix
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    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm17%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company55%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Cloud Provider9%
    Healthcare Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business60%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise30%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise71%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business44%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise31%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Puppet Enterprise is ranked 9th in Configuration Management with 2 reviews while SaltStack is ranked 15th in Configuration Management with 1 review. Puppet Enterprise is rated 9.0, while SaltStack is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Puppet Enterprise writes "A set-it-and-forget-it management solution". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SaltStack writes "Orchestration tool that powers automation of processes with the click of a button". Puppet Enterprise is most compared with Red Hat Satellite, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, AWS Systems Manager, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and BMC TrueSight Server Automation, whereas SaltStack is most compared with VMware Aria Automation, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, HashiCorp Terraform and Microsoft Intune.

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