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The Forrester Wave™: Configuration Management Software For Infrastructure Automation, Q4 2017

The 14 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up

October 11, 2017


Why Read This Report

In our 25-criteria evaluation of configuration management providers, we identified the 14 most significant solutions — Ansible, Ansible Tower, CFEngine Community Edition, CFEngine Enterprise, Chef, Chef Automate, Microsoft Azure Automation, Microsoft Powershell DSC, Normation Professional Services, Open Source Puppet, Puppet Enterprise, Rudder, Salt, and SaltStack Enterprise — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. We focused on core features, including deployment, configuration modeling, monitoring and governance, and community support as well as on the vendors' ability to match a strategy to these features. This report helps infrastructure and operations (I&O) professionals make the right choice when looking for configuration management solutions for their development and operations (DevOps) and infrastructure-as-code (IaC) automation.

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Table of Contents

  • Configuration Management Delivers On The Promise Of IaC
  • When It Comes To Managing These Tools, Everyone's A Developer
  • Simple Functionality May Be Sufficient For Your Needs
  • Configuration Management Evaluation Overview
  • Vendor Profiles
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents

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