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IT infrastructure automation and compliance. Open source.

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Rudder review by Florian H.
Florian H.
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"Best visibility and design flow"

What do you like best?

I can use Rudder to break the communication barriers I normally have to deal with in IT.

Normally, there's "the technical stuff" and "the stuff management needs". Both are distractions from each other and fixing one doesn't solve the other at all.

With Rudder I can easily show non-admins what's working, what we need to do, and they can digest that information to a complete understanding. Project managers, bosses and beginners can understand what's happening.

What do you dislike?

I would like it to be easier to file away what I built, in a sanitized version. I hope for more interfaces to other tools (i.e. there's an ansible plugin, I would love to use that as an an exporter so I don't have to ever build ansible code again).

Community size.

It is also a bit "too much" for very small setups.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Set it up, and slowly start doing what you always wanted to do (i.e. have a really great .bash_profile).

Keep in mind, since this is agent-based it is almost impossible (never say never) to lock yourself out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Built some very flexible infrastructures that adapt well no matter where deployed.

Ensure things aren't just provisioned, but kept OK all the time.

Allow people to easily change what they need in a place they understand.

Gather year-long statistics on system maintenance needs, and as such, be able to tell when everything is tidy, or how far we have move from that point. I am dumping that data into Nagios (Check_MK to be specific, and also into ElasticSearch. My dream is to have this full circle - I'm also collecting other data, including IPFIX metrix into the same ElasticSearch instance, and am just waiting for DARPA to come up with some cool aggregation technique for all-different data :-)

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Rudder review by Maxime L.
Maxime L.
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"Industrualization of our managed services"

What do you like best?

There are many reasons to choose Rudder for implementing an excellent quality of services. First of all, for creating and dynamically updating groups of machines based on their inventory. Thus, we can create a node group of a certain distribution, containing some packages in a certain ip range for example. On these dynamic groups, it is possible to create a directive composed of a series of generic methods (creation of a directory, modification of a line, rebooting of a service etc.). For example, about thirty of these small bricks (generic methods) have allowed us to transform our installation and maintenance procedures of our internal wiki into rules in Rudder. The intuitive interface allows us to quickly see the quality of our compliance with our rules across our entire IT. Changes to these rules always require a multi-person workflow process to be validated and deployed in production.

What do you dislike?

At the ergonomics level, we sometimes get lost between certain notions of general methods, directives, techniques and rules. The concept of rule is powerful because different directives can be applied for certain groups and not for others. And another rule may also contain some of these directives associated with other groups. But in use for more practice we often make a rule for a directive. So it's a lot of clicks for a single directive in a single rule.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our managed services is now dedicated to creating value through the creation of configuration rules and security policy. This expertise can then be easily deployed throughout the entire IT. An update of our policy or an optimization of a service is then quickly implemented throughout our entire IT. Rudder also allows us to respond to 0day alerts to patch and/or modify system configurations until we have the editor patches available. Rudder also gives us the opportunity to show our clients the work done by the compliance reports of all the rules applied on their system.

What Configuration Management solution do you use?

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Rudder review by Ilan C.
Ilan C.
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"Service Provider manage severals hundred of servers with Rudder"

What do you like best?

Rudder has a large number of features to manage all configurations of an operating system or application.

Its clear and intuitive web interface makes it easy to manage and organize all configurations items.

The highest added value of the product is the concept of continuous compliance. Managed through dashboards and detailed reports, this one guarantees the application of our continuous configurations on all our resources.

The Rest API is also very useful for connecting Rudder with third-party tools.

The team behind this project is very awesome.

What do you dislike?

By design, we can not control the execution order of tasks in a compliance and sometimes the goal can not be reach the first time. In this case you just have to execute compliance a second to reach 100% of desire state.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have visibility on the state of our configurations.

We can prove that we meet our and security standards with Rudder which help us to obtain certifications like PCI-DSS, GDPR ...

Rudder review by Tom B.
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"Why more people should use Rudder"

What do you like best?

At ITsense we strongly support open source project and Rudder has always been a tool with tremendous potential. First of all, Rudder is very easy to instal an deploy; the user interface is cleverly designed and they provide a full documentation to help you get started (we do apreciate that they have translated it).

In addition we appreciate the codeless user interface with build-in template library.

At last, Rudder can manage quite everything (only HP-UX and iOS don't have their own agent version), everything else is available already.

What do you dislike?

So few people in the community. Even though it's growing, it's hard for Rudder to compete against giants ( such as Puppet for instance). Also it can be difficult to use before understanding how it works.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need to manage both our server and our client's server. Rudder is really usefull time-saving automation tool.

Rudder review by Rémi V.
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"Great "Plug-And-Play" Configuration Management Tool"

What do you like best?

Rudder is very easy to install and setup with a basic configuration set.

The Audit mode is a killer feature, and thanks to the clean webgui you have a clear dashboard to know what you have to fix.

API is also usefull if you want to automate some tasks and plug it to another tool (like Ansible to perform some tasks).

Moreover, the agent node has a very light footprint on the nodes.

What do you dislike?

Be carefull when writing complex techniques and directives, as it can lead to some headache.

I use Rudder for continuous configuration once servers are deployed. I tried using it for deploy nodes from scratch, but there are better tools for that use case.

It would be nice to edit techniques directly from CLI.

Recommendations to others considering the product

use rudder to check configuration once servers are deployed.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was looking for a nice vizualisation tool to check servers conformity. Rudder was the only one with a clean dashboard, plus simple drag and drop configuration system.

Rudder review by Olivier M.
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"One of the easiest configuration management tool on the market"

What do you like best?

Rudder has by far the lowest learning curve across configuration management tools on the market. Once the server side is deployed, installing and pluging in agents is a breeze.

Where other tools force you to learn fancy implemented DSL, brand new functionnal languages or specific YAML syntaxes, Rudder let's you create your management rules in a very graphical way that your whole team will be able to adapt to very quickly and easily.

The graphical reporting let's you quickly access the compliance of your whole infrastructure.

The integrated inventory, can easily be queried from the integrated API to let you programmatically populate other internal tools - Big plus when having to integrate 3rd party corporate tools.

What do you dislike?

The graphical interface - almost only - can sometimes be less flexible than what could be provided.

Luckily the Rudder devs are working on that point with the integrated technique editor.

It needs some easier way to plug shared-files with external Git repositories to make admin life easier. Git push to deploy modifications also makes sense.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Coming from a "classical" IT system and/or Infrastructure team, moving to a full infrastructure/configuration as code can be a big challenge, especially depending on the dev skillset of your teams.

Rudder can make your team leverage automation and configuration management in an easier an quicker way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Baseline compliance and installation reproducibility of more than 5 hundreds production servers.

Rudder review by Administrator
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"Powerfull long-term compliance ensured"

What do you like best?

The desired state is enforced continously and near real-time reporting is provided on a very detailed level, which is easy to understand in the complex but useful WebGUI. Supported operating systems range in a very large timeframe, which is essential for enterprise distros having sometimes ~5-8 years of lifetime. The REST API provides a quite usable way to interface with the functionalities, and also the Datasource plugin allows to integrate it with other existing

What do you dislike?

Multi-staged environments are hard to maintain, and are only working when all environments share the exact same version. Any change introduced on a policy level results in it getting pulled in by all nodes, there is no built-in staged rollout with canaries and/or 1-5-10..% rollouts, so it needs to be worked around by the admins/architects. The policy generation is done on a central server, which is OK if you have <3000 nodes, but over 5000 it adds a quite big overhead on each bit policy change.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do use if you have audit/compliance requirement for long-running instances. Do not use if you are using short-lived cloud instances / container.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need to manage 3k+ physical and 12k+ virtual servers, which are not cloud-based, and are long-running instances (many years), and security and config-compliance (also reporting) is an important aspect of managing those.

Rudder review by Pierrick P.
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"Powerful and easy to use configuration management tool"

What do you like best?

creating rules with a easy to use graphical interface, free linux agent with a lot of pre-defined rules, low ressources consumption and an agent with a "push" mode protocol.

What do you dislike?

They need to improve the Windows agent wit mores rules and templates.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Rudder as an internal tool for manage our servers and to spread new features and maintaining it in the state of the art.

We use rudder for our customers too for same reason.

Rudder review by Francois B.
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"Quick setup and Easy deployment for hundred remote systems"

What do you like best?

the server installation is very simple and the rules create is quickly learned to make custom deployment

What do you dislike?

the logging flow is sometime too high if you are on limited bandwidth

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

managing remote device over the world to maintain system update to date and push new internal software release. The device was connected over mobile network without broadband so we need a tools who can realize secure update (only when everything is localy ready)

Rudder review by Internal Consultant in Computer Software
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"Integration between Rudder and iTop"

What do you like best?

During our integration project we had to integrate Rudder information into iTop CMDB

What is really interesting is that we collect easily all the information using the REST/JSON API which complete and easy to use.

As of today we use Rudder to collect the system inventory and then we link them to Directive and Rules status. This all an configuration manager to get in one click all the rules non compliant that can impact an application solution.

Moreover we worked directly with the R&D team that was really responsive and that improved a lot the REST web services over the different version

What do you dislike?

As of today the user management is not really easy to manage as we cannot make it in the web user interface.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Integration of iTop for some of our customers that want to analyse the impact of non compliant system rule on their business application

Rudder review by Matthieu C.
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"Want an automation, configuration management and compliance checking tool that just works ?"

What do you like best?

It just works, deploys on a vast range of operating systems and enables me to manage configuration (or verify its state) easily, without eating tons of resources.

What do you dislike?

May sometimes prove itself a bit difficult to debug, but the tooling to guide the user through the process has improved a lot since the latest releases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start simple: manage low level things, build knowledge about Rudder and your own infrastructure configuration needs, and improve.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Configuration management accessible to the majority of users, with clean and readable feedback.

Rudder review by Nicolas V.
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"Compliance rocks!"

What do you like best?

Deployments are done by many tools with different levels of happiness, but the real killer quality of Rudder is its capacity to measure conformity of what you've deployed, otherwise you stay blind.

What do you dislike?

Maybe it is not famous enough for its differentiator...

Recommendations to others considering the product

The team behind Rudder is just awesome

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is highly customisable and constantly evolves in the right directions. Its CFengine basis make it trustful. Its grows to large scale. The GPLv3 license rocks.

Rudder review by Guillaume B.
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"Centralisation an managment of configurations on some severals hundred of computers"

What do you like best?

Appearance and ergonomics

Complience report

Simplicity of installation

What do you dislike?

Presentation of "File download" directive wen you have a lot of files.

Dificulty to avoid redundancy between rules an directives.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Centralisation of configurations.

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