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DevOps: AnsibleWorks promises easier administration of cloud or datacenter infrastructure

Every time I meet another company that helps DevOps types do their work, I think of my brother +Alex Scoble who works for the government in Oregon keeping tons of infrastructure up and running in datacenters and cloud systems.

Here +Tim Gerla , VP of Services, shows me +AnsibleWorks  , which is a dev/op tool that helps you administer your cloud computing and datacenter infrastructure. http://www.ansibleworks.com/

It's easier than the competitors and lets you avoid writing scripts or custom code to deploy and update your applications.

My brother is using +Puppet Labs. I wonder if this, or SaltStack (which I featured on a previous video at https://plus.google.com/+Scobleizer/posts/J5Q4tVvxJAA ) will get him to switch?
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One problem is that Ansible manages Linux only so isn't really suited to heterogeneous environments.
 
Yes, what I meant was that it can't currently manage windows.
 
As an aside, the fact that Microsoft has never built SSH functionality into Windows is a pretty major mistake, in my opinion.
 
How does Ansible respond to the criticism that "SSH in a loop is not configuration management"?
 
Not managing windows is a feature not a bug IMHO
 
Unless you need to manage Windows...
 
Getting SSH setup correctly between all the systems is always the first thing I do, and then everything I develop from there leverages off it.   Been doing it this way for decades and ended up developing software modules to provide higher and higher level abstractions. 
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