Top 9 SaltStack alternatives

Last updated: August 19, 2014
Fast, scalable and flexible systems management software for data center automation, cloud orchestration, server provisioning, configuration management and more
The best SaltStack alternatives:


Puppet Enterprise is our flagship IT automation software that gives you the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure, on-premise or in the cloud. Automate tasks at any stage of the IT infrastructure lifecycle, including: discovery, provisioning, OS & application configuration management, orchestration, and reporting.


Ansible is the simplest way to automate IT. Automate in hours - not weeks - with Ansible's human-readable IT automation language. Ansible uses SSH instead of agents. More efficient, more secure and less to manage. App deployment, configuration management and orchestration - all from one system.


Chef turns infrastructure into code. With Chef, you can automate how you build, deploy, and manage your infrastructure. Your infrastructure becomes as versionable, testable, and repeatable as application code. Chef relies on reusable definitions known as recipes to automate infrastructure tasks. Examples of recipes are instructions for configuring web servers, databases and load balancers. Together, recipes describe what your infrastructure consists of and how each part of your infrastructure should be deployed, configured and managed.


Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments. As a result, IT can ship faster and run the same app, unchanged, on laptops, data center VMs, and any cloud.


OpenStack is a global collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists producing the ubiquitous open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds. The project aims to deliver solutions for all types of clouds by being simple to implement, massively scalable, and feature rich. The technology consists of a series of interrelated projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.