If you like SaltStack, you will ❤️ DNA

Already like SaltStack? Don’t know where to start? Or maybe you miss something?

Maybe have a look at what we do…

First about SaltStack: in short it’s a configuration management and automation tool that helps system administrators and DevOps automate repetitive tasks, manage server configurations, and deploy software across the large-scale infrastructure. It actually can do a lot more, but these are just some examples.

It is based on a client-server architecture, where the Salt master server sends commands to Salt minions running on target systems. The minions execute the commands and report back to the master server with the results. This architecture allows for fast and secure communication between the Salt master and minions and enables SaltStack to scale to manage thousands of servers and network devices.

SaltStack uses a domain-specific language called Salt States to describe system configurations, which can be used to ensure that systems are configured consistently across an organization. SaltStack also includes a powerful orchestration engine that allows users to manage complex tasks and workflows.

So in short: SaltStack is a powerful tool for managing and automating IT infrastructure and can help organizations improve their operational efficiency and reduce the risk of errors and inconsistencies in system configurations.

So why do they like it really?

  1. It’s scalability: SaltStack can handle large-scale infrastructure with ease. It is designed to manage thousands of servers and network devices.
  2. It’s flexibility: SaltStack is highly configurable and can be used for a variety of tasks, such as configuration management, orchestration, remote execution, and more.
  3. It’s very fast: SaltStack is known for its speed and efficiency. It uses a master-slave architecture, which allows for fast and secure communication between the Salt master and minions.
  4. It’s very secure: SaltStack has several built-in security features, such as secure communication protocols, access control, and encryption.

So why do we mention it like this? We also like SaltStack, for many many years. And while it does very well what we described above, it is missing some other features to make it even better suitable for a wider group of users:

Complexity: Saltstack can be complex to learn and implement, especially for teams without experience in infrastructure automation. Setting up Saltstack infrastructure and creating Salt modules requires a significant learning curve, which can be challenging for some organizations. Let us help you with this!

Security risks: Saltstack can potentially introduce security risks if not configured and managed properly. For example, if Saltstack is not secured correctly, it could allow unauthorized access to sensitive system information or allow attackers to execute malicious code on your systems. Let us help you with this!

Limited community support: While Saltstack has an active user community, it may not be as large as some other open-source projects, which could limit the availability of community support or third-party integrations. Let us help you with this!

Actually, our DNA solution integration 100% with SaltStack. This means that you will get a very powerful UI on top of the power of SaltStack itself. You can see the different dashboards, you can create modules, you can visually, fully dynamically build workflows (much better than Ansible ;) ), you can track different parts of your inventory and run with just a few clicks powerful automation across thousands of devices.

And that is not everything.

You can also connect any of your existing system, such as any Monitoring System, CMDBs, CRM systems, or any other API driven solution. We could even handle systems that don’t have an API.

You can also our the Connection Manager to connect natively, efficiently and securely to any device that is connected to your network, making it very fast and easy to get started.

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