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Comparing Puppet Enterprise and Red Hat Ansible Tower for Continuous Configuration Automation

Published: 14 June 2018

ID: G00338211

Analyst(s): Paul Delory


CCA has become a foundational technology for DevOps and for modern infrastructure. This research helps technical professionals compare two leading CCA tools, Puppet Enterprise and Ansible Tower, across five architectural domains and three use cases spanning public and private cloud.

Table Of Contents



  • Puppet and Ansible in Context
  • Architectural Comparison
    • Declarative vs. Imperative
    • Agent-Based vs. Agentless
    • Domain-Specific Language vs. General-Purpose Language
    • Native Tooling vs. Integrations
    • Stand-Alone Versions vs. Extended Versions
  • Infrastructure and System Architecture
  • Standard Configuration Management Workflows


The Details

  • Task 1: Configure a Network Switch
  • Task 2: Build a Three-Tier Linux App in Amazon Web Services
  • Task 3: Build a Three-Tier Windows App in VMware

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