Comparison: Five Automation Tools for DevOps | Using Alibaba Cloud

By Shantanu Kaushik

DevOps is the focus of many organizations moving into the future. It is the technology hot buzzword nowadays, and despite its continued evolution, it is still growing and reaching new heights. Different variations, practices, methodologies, and tools have been introduced to further increase productivity, availability, reliability, and effective operations using DevOps.

The main aim we have is to have more effective team collaboration and cut down processes with automation.

What Will It Achieve?

What Tools and Backend Are Needed?

Many open-source applications today have established themselves as industry standards in automation tools and these tools define many concepts within the DevOps overlay. As DevOps is still evolving, new concepts and practices are introduced very often.

As DevOps suggests, it works for accelerated IT services delivery by achieving better collaboration and communication between developers and operators. Alibaba Cloud has worked to the true meaning of DevOps and has provided solutions that are tailor-made and cater to start-ups, SMEs, and large enterprises.

Without wasting any more time, let’s talk about these tools and compare them.

Puppet | Alibaba Cloud

Puppet expands on the possibility of increased productivity and manageability by sending out real-time alerts and generating detailed reports for the user to reveal and act on changes that require attention.

Puppet functions with an agent and a master. Puppet agent runs on the client servers and the Puppet master takes care of the configuration. This SSL secured service tool easily automates the configuration, testing, and review tasks across development, production, and test environments.

Chef | Alibaba Cloud

Chef passes instructions to automate tasks pan deployment, configuration, and management modules to define the infrastructure as code (IAC.) Chef uses the same setup to define changes in test configurations, provision, and control ECS instances. It uses JSON to make package configuration and these packages are called Cookbooks.

Kubernetes | Alibaba Cloud

While building applications, Kubernetes enables the developer to directly use its core services. It automates the process of deployment, maintenance, and also automates scaling for containerized applications.

The diagram above shows the workflow of the Kubernetes container service with the Alibaba Cloud environment. Kubernetes support private, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments, and also support for self-healing and server load balancing. While talking about features, we cannot exclude its primary features that include auto-scaling, auto-replication, and auto-restart.

Docker | Alibaba Cloud

Alibaba Cloud has a dedicated guide on how to deploy and use docker.

Docker provides a secure environment for the developer to build applications for on-premise and the cloud. Docker containers are lightweight as they don’t require any additional hypervisor and runs within the kernel of the host machine.

It uses the dockerd command with a Restful API for interface and a command line interface for the client side.

This representation outlines the workflow of Docker.

Ansible | Alibaba Cloud


In a modern-day setup, the tool that makes it to the top is Kubernetes. It supports a wide variety of processes and has unparalleled support from Alibaba Cloud. Its integration with the IAC platform makes it one of the best tools for automation today.


The views expressed herein are for reference only and don’t necessarily represent the official views of Alibaba Cloud.

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