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comparison of Chef vs. Ansible
based on data from user reviews. Chef rates 4.0/5 stars with 36 reviews. Ansible rates 4.6/5 stars with 60 reviews. Each product's score is calculated by real-time data from verified user reviews.

 
CHEF BASICS
Free
Basic Tower
$5,000 per year
 
HOSTED CHEF
$72 per node
Enterprise Tower
$10,000 per year
 
CHEF AUTOMATE
$137 per node
Premium Tower
$14,000 per year
 
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Free Trial
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Meets RequirementsSee More
Meets RequirementsSee More
8.7
(Based on 34 reviews)
9.1
(Based on 58 reviews)
Ease of UseSee More
Ease of UseSee More
7.0
(Based on 34 reviews)
8.8
(Based on 59 reviews)
Ease of SetupSee More
Ease of SetupSee More
6.4
(Based on 22 reviews)
9.0
(Based on 40 reviews)
Ease of AdminSee More
Ease of AdminSee More
7.8
(Based on 22 reviews)
8.9
(Based on 39 reviews)
Quality of SupportSee More
Quality of SupportSee More
7.7
(Based on 25 reviews)
8.2
(Based on 40 reviews)
Ease of Doing Business WithSee More
Ease of Doing Business WithSee More
8.4
(Based on 16 reviews)
8.6
(Based on 26 reviews)
Product Direction (% positive)See More
Product Direction (% positive)See More
7.3
(Based on 35 reviews)
9.3
(Based on 59 reviews)
Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
13.9%
26.7%
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
58.3%
33.3%
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
27.8%
40.0%
 
Information Technology and Services
35.0%
Information Technology and Services
36.8%
 
Internet
12.5%
Computer Software
14.7%
 
Computer Software
10.0%
Internet
13.2%
 
Building Materials
5.0%
Telecommunications
11.8%
 
Publishing
5.0%
Insurance
2.9%
 
Other
32.5%
Other
20.6%
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Justin S.
Administrator in Insurance

100% open source The right community and mindset Jez Miller Microsoft is partnering with chef and you'll see integrated TFS and visual studio stuff soon Chef continuous deliver tool shows they know what they are doing

Michael B.
Administrator in Information Technology and Services

I previously used Puppet. While Puppet is great, Ansible (and Salt) is even better. Getting to where Puppet was actually configuring servers took several days. I had Ansible configuring user account on servers in an hour of using Ansible. The Ansible...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Most Helpful Critical Review
Paul B.
User in Information Technology and Services

The learning curve can be a bit steep, there is plenty of terminology and patterns to wrap your head around. Once it clicks though it's easy enough to use.

Toby A.
User

The tooling is built in python and in my experience very flakey. Running playbooks is very unintuitive and there's a fairly large barrier to entry.

 
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