SaltStack (or Salt) is a CLI-based tool that can be set up as a master-client model or a non-centralized model. Based in Python, Salt offers a push method and an SSH method of communication with clients. Salt allows for grouping of clients and configuration templates to simplify the control of the environment.

When to use it: Salt is a good choice if scalability and resiliency are a big concern. It’s good for system administrators thanks to its usability.

Price: Free open source version, and a SaltStack Enterprise version that is based on an annual per node subscription basis. Specific pricing is not listed on their site (just a “Contact us” link), but others have reported a $150 per node per year starting point.



Quick Start Video of Puppet