Best Configuration Management Software

Configuration management software tracks changes to applications and their infrastructure to ensure that configurations are in a known and trusted state, and configuration details don’t rely on tribal knowledge of the development team. Configuration management software is an accurate historical record of system state, which is helpful for project management, auditing, and debugging. Configuration management software increases efficiency and stability, and visibility into changes that occur in an application, and streamlines a company’s change control process. Configuration management software integrates with version control systems, software testing products, bug tracking tools, and other software development tools.

To qualify for inclusion in the Configuration Management category, a product must:

  • Record the status and changes to configuration items
  • Automatically configure systems to their desired state through configuration files
  • Track defects back to their original source, typically through version control systems
  • Capture release versions and keep a snapshot of a system’s current state
  • Be capable of rolling back configurations to previous snapshots

Configuration Management Software Grid® Overview

The best Configuration Management Software products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and market presence (based on products’ scale, focus, and influence) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Puppet Enterprise, Ansible, and TeamCity
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the Market Presence of the Leaders. High Performers include: Rudder, Codenvy, Bamboo, and Octopus Deploy
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Chef
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: SaltStack, AccuRev, and Rational ClearCase
G2 Crowd Grid® for Configuration Management
High Performers
Puppet enterprise
Octopus deploy
Rational clearcase
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