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Puppet vs Ansible for Continuous Compliance

Why desired state configuration is the simplest way to enforce compliance and remain audit ready.
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Puppet vs Ansible for Continuous Compliance Enforcement and Audit Readiness

Puppet Enterprise puts two types of automation in your hands: desired state configuration and task automation. Ansible offers only task automation.

While task automation is powerful for many use cases, when it comes to enforcing continuous compliance at scale and staying audit ready, desired state automation is the way to go. Why? Check out the comparison below, and reach out to a Puppet expert to learn more.

Continuous Compliance EnforcementDesired State ConfigurationTask Automation
Continuous agent-based enforcement and verification of security and operations policiesYesNo
Built-in self-healing infrastructure capabilities to avoid manual drift remediation of operating system and middleware configurationsYesNo
Infrastructure-as-Code capabilities to remediate and deploy security policy updates to thousands of servers in minutes across cloud regions and data centersYesNo
Automatically translates each declarative policy as code statement into tens or hundreds of steps in the right sequence to reduce operator effort and errorYesNo
Ability to view the settings, services and packages that will be changed on each system prior to making changesYesNo
Idempotent by design to eliminate complex workarounds and minimize CPU and network overhead YesNo
Continuous Audit ReadinessDesired State ConfigurationTask Automation
Human readable, agent-enforced Policy-as-Code accepted as compliance evidence by auditorsYesNo
Ability to quickly scan thousands of nodes to prioritize which CIS Benchmark standards to remediate YesNo
Continuous estate-wide transparency into security and compliance postureYesNo
Built-in configuration reporting for fast audit preparationYes No
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When it comes to enforcing compliance with security and operations policies for thousands of systems, desired state automation is simpler, more reliable, and ultimately less expensive than task automation.