48 Best Cloud Tools for Infrastructure Automation

The need for cloud tools for infrastructure automation is two-fold. First, DevOps engineers, IT professionals, and SysAdmins need to automate as many day-to-day tasks as possible so they have more time to design and engineer for business. Second, automation makes managing diverse, complex environments possible so that organizations can keep up with the demand for fast, flexible services. Whether you work with a private cloud, a public cloud, or a hybrid cloud, you will benefit from cloud infrastructure automation tools.

Because cloud infrastructure encompasses so many areas of IT and cloud engineering, we here at ProfitBricks have searched for cloud infrastructure automation tools that can help cloud infrastructure engineers, IT professionals, and SysAdmins in nearly every niche of the field. We have included cloud infrastructure automation tools that run the gamut from automatic test configuration to automatic monitoring and management. You also will find everything from open source to enterprise tools in our list of the best cloud infrastructure automation tools, which is presented here in no particular order.

(Update: December 2015:  We’ve just published a comprehensive look at the Infrastrucutre Automation ecosystem landscape with a full infographic containing the logos of over 120 companies in the space. Check it out here.


1. Fabric



An automation tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment and SysAdmin tasks, Fabric is a Python library and command-line tool. Providing a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands, Fabric also common is used for uploading and downloading files and for its auxiliary functions that include prompting the running user for input.

Key Features:

  • Create a Python module containing one or more functions and then execute them via the fab command-line tool
  • Run a task on one or more servers, once it is defined
  • Import Fabric’s components into other Python code

Cost: FREE

2. Cuisine


A set of functions specifically for use with Fabric, Cuisine makes it easier for cloud engineers and IT professionals to write portable administration and deployment scripts. Abstract common administration operations, including file/dir operations, user/group creation, and package install/upgrade, are possible with Cuisine.

Key Features:

  • Small, easy to read, single-file API
  • Covers file/dir operations, user/group operations, and package operations
  • Text processing and template functions

Cost: FREE

3. Chef


One of the most well-known cloud infrastructure automation tools, Chef delivers configuration management and continuous delivery. By turning infrastructure into code, Chef helps cloud engineers and IT professionals automate infrastructure build, deployment, and management.

Key Features:

  • Recipes (resuable definitions) automate infrastructure tasks
  • Recipes use resources (building blocks) that describe a piece of infrastructure; use the resources included in Chef or create your own
  • Chef servers store recipes and your other configuration data and determines whether nodes are out of date – if they are, the Chef client runs them on the recipes to update the nodes


  • Essentials: FREE – Manage 10,000+ nodes from a single server, cross-platform management, searchable blueprint of your infrastructure, access to premium features, 8×5 support, and more
  • Subscription: Starts as low as $6/node/month – All Essentials plan features, plus an account manager
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – All Subscription plan features, plus unlimited 24×7 support, success engineering, cookbook build coaching, and access to the Chef product team

4. Crowbar


With an Apache 2-license, the Crowbar Project has two versions of its framework under active development. Crowbar enables users to build complete deployments and transform physical nodes from bare-metal into a ready-state production cluster quickly and easily.

Key Features:

  • Specific applications include Ceph, Hadoop, OpenStack, and others
  • Crowbar v1: The original Chef-integrated provisioning tool primarily maintained by SUSE for OpenStack deployments
  • OpenCrowbar: Supports a much broader set of operating systems, applications, configuration managers, and hardware (physical, virtual, and containers)

Cost: FREE

5. Puppet


Puppet is the configuration management system that enables cloud engineers and IT professionals to define the state of their IT infrastructure and then automatically enforces the correct state. Puppet automates time-consuming manual tasks.

Key Features:

  • Handles just a few servers or thousands of physical and virtual machines
  • Automates the software delivery process at every step
  • Ensures consistency, reliability, and stability
  • Fosters collaboration between SysAdmins and developers for better-designed code

Cost: FREE trial for up to 10 nodes; Contact for a quote

6. Pallet


Pallet is an agile cloud development tool that treats infrastructure as code. Specifically, Pallet provides IT professionals with a platform “for agile and programmatic automation of infrastructure in the cloud, on server racks, or directly on virtual machines.” This cloud infrastructure automation tool also delivers a maximum amount of customization.

Key Features:

  • run on demand from anywhere, even over a remote REPL connection
  • Any machine running bash and SSH can be used with pallet, without requiring special dependencies to be installed
  • Use to start and stop nodes, configure nodes, run administration tasks, and more

Cost: Contact for a quote

7. Juju


The cloud infrastructure automation tool that helps you build complete cloud environments with a few commands, Juju is a fast and simple solution. Juju orchestrates services to assist in deploying an OpenStack, a workload on public or private clouds, or right on bare metal using MAAS.

Key Features:

  • Works alone or with tools such as Puppet and Chef
  • 100 charms and growing in the Juju charm store for your cloud-based enterprise applications
  • Create services along with their dependencies, connect them, and integrate them quickly and easily
  • Manage services and apply changes after the initial deployment with simple, one-line commands

Cost: Contact for a quote

8. Ansible


Automate apps and infrastructure simply with Ansible’s configuration management and continuous delivery. Agentless and powerful, Ansible is the all-in-one system for app deployment, configuration management, and orchestration.

Key Features:

  • Greatly reduce automation time with Ansible’s simple IT automation language
  • Uses SSH instead of agents for increased efficiency and security and decreased management time
  • With portal mode, you can delegate automation jobs to non-Ansible users

Cost: Contact for a quote

9. (R)?ex


(R)?ex deployment and configuration manager is a cloud infrastructure automation tool that also delivers lifecycle management. With Rex, IT professionals and cloud engineers can “automate everything, relax anytime.”

Key Features:

  • Seamlessly integrates in your running environment
  • Easy to use and extend
  • Written in Perl so it is easy to learn
  • Apache 2.0 license
  • Uses SSH, so no agent is required

Cost: FREE

10. SaltStack


Orchestrate and automate CloudOps, ITOps, and DevOps with speed and scalability using SaltStack. Systems and configuration management software, SaltStack is easy to use, scalable, and fast.

Key Features:

  • Real-time automation
  • Get running in seconds
  • Manage tens of thousands of servers
  • Control and communicate with servers in milliseconds
  • Useful dynamic infrastructure communication bus for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management, and more

Cost: Contact for a quote

11. Distelli


Distelli aids you in deploying any application to any server in minutes. IT professionals, SysAdmins, and cloud infrastructure engineers spend more time on code and less time on deployment with Distelli.

Key Features:

  • Works with any piece of code on any server
  • Group servers into environments based on role, geography, cloud provider, and more
  • Releases are automatically created every time you deploy with Distelli, so you always know which versions of your software are deployed on each server
  • Easily integrates with the tools you already use


  • FREE – 2 servers, unlimited deployments, unlimited releases, and email support
  • Project: $150/month – 10 servers, unlimited deployments, unlimited releases, and email support
  • Startup: $375/month – 25 servers, unlimited deployments, unlimited releases, and email support
  • Growth: $750/month – 50 servers, unlimited deployments, unlimited releases, and email support
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – 100+ servers, unlimited deployments, unlimited releases, and 24/7 phone support

12. CFEngine


CFEngine is the cloud infrastructure automation tool that allows for “IT automation at WebScale.” Automating large-scale, complex, mission critical IT infrastructure is a much easier task with CFEngine because it helps you ensure compliance and consistent global changes.

Key Features:

  • Written in C with industry-leading execution time of less than one second
  • A highly-rated security record
  • A mature solution known for its stability
  • Scalability that handles even the largest and most complex configuration changes quickly
  • Available in both open source and commercial editions


  • Community Edition: FREE – Partial compliance and reporting
  • Enterprise Edition: Contact for a quote – Graphical interface, support, full compliance and reporting

13. Foreman


SysAdmins easily automate repetitive tasks with Foreman, an open source project that delivers complete lifecycle management for physical and virtual servers. Foreman is a cloud infrastructure automation tool that also allows you to quickly deploy applications and proactively manage tasks and applications, from provisioning and configuration to orchestration and monitoring.

Key Features:

  • Discover, provision, and upgrade your entire bare-metal infrastructure
  • Create and manage instances across private and public clouds
  • Group hosts and manage them in bulk, regardless of location
  • Review historical changes for auditing and troubleshooting

Cost: FREE

14. Commando


Cloud engineers and SysAdmins can save hours when they use Commando for cloud infrastructure automation. Easily manage servers online without installing agents and increase productivity by giving people the power to run commands on servers using Commando’s web interface.

Key Features:

  • Native SSH
  • Infrastructure transparency with a full audit trail
  • Automatically import servers across cloud providers
  • Run commands on servers automatically when you push to GitHub


  • FREE – For a single server
  • Pico: $12/month – Add 3 servers and 2 users, GitHub integration, API access, and user log in audit
  • Nano: $24/month – Add 5 servers and 3 users, scheduling, GitHub integration, API access, 2x longer execution limit, and user log in audit
  • Micro: $49/month – Add 10 servers and 4 users, plus all Nano plan features
  • Mega: $99/month – Add 20 serves and 5 users, plus all Micro plan features
  • Contact for a larger plan or a higher level of support

15. Rundeck Runbook Automation

Rundeck Runbook Automation

Open source software, Rundeck is a cloud infrastructure automation tool that helps cloud engineers, IT professionals, and SysAdmins automate ad-hoc and routine procedures. Also for data center automation, Rundeck allows you to trigger jobs by the scheduler or on demand using the web interface or API.

Key Features:

  • Share standard operating procedures
  • Implement as a runbook automation tool to improve control over daily operations activity, reduce errors, improve transparency, and reduce mean time to repair
  • Set access controls so you can share procedures with others inside or outside of your team
  • Custom workflows, end-to-end orchestration across local or remote servers, cross-platform, and more


  • Rundeck: FREE – Orchestrate actions across nodes, fine grain access controls, logging/audit trail, and job scheduler
  • Rundeck PRO – All Rundeck features, plus professional support, enterprise tested configuration, supporting tooling, and upgrade path to newer versions
    • First Rundeck PRO Instance: $5,000/year
    • Each additional Rundeck PRO Instance: $2,500/year
  • Rundeck PRO HA – All Rundeck PRO features, plus multi-node cluster, active standby, and centralized log store
    • Rundeck PRO HA: Contact for a quote

16. Bcfg2


Built to help administrators construct an accurate, comprehensive specification, Bcfg2 “supports gentle reconciliation between the specification and current client states.” With Bcfg2, SysAdmins create a consistent and reproducible description of their environment.

Key Features:

  • Offers visualization and reporting tools to aid in daily administrative tasks
  • Copes with manual system modifications
  • Enables the construction of complex change management and deployment strategies
  • Fairly portable and runs on Ubuntu, Mac OS X, FreeBSD, and many others

Cost: FREE

17. Glu


An open source deployment and monitoring automation platform, glu takes a “declarative approach.” SysAdmins and IT professionals describe and model what they want so that glu can get to work.

Key Features:

  • Computes the set of actions to deploy/upgrade your applications
  • Ensures that it remains consistent over time
  • Detects and alerts you when there is a mismatch
  • Deploys and monitors applications to an arbitrary large set of nodes efficiently, with minimum to no human interaction, securely, and in a reproducible manner

Cost: FREE

18. PontusVision


From Pontus Networks, the core services automation system PontusVision, assists IT departments in controlling the configuration, deployment, and monitoring of applications. PontusVision delivers industry-tested templates for automating the deployment of software and hardware.

Key Features:

  • Customers either create their own templates or use existing industry-tested templates
  • Covers four main areas: Design, configure, deploy, and manage
  • Two monitoring tools: Ultra-messaging (UM) Monitor and Round-Trip-Time (RTT) Monitor


  • FREE Edition
  • Enterprise Edition: Contact for a quote

19. Tstconfig


Ensure your system’s integrity by allowing Tstconfig to test the configuration files for you. Hosted on GitHub and distributed under an MIT open source license, Tstconfig is a cloud infrastructure automation tool that is handy and reliable.

Key Features:

  • Looks at the configurations, checks that certain properties have the value you want them to have, and reports any discrepancies
  • Tests a large number of configuration files automatically
  • Suitable for solo SysAdmins, teams of SysAdmins, and others who want to enforce good configuration standards

Cost: FREE

20. Dell Cloud Manager

Dell Cloud Manager

Dell Cloud Manager is an enterprise cloud management solution that provides agility, governance, and choice. Acting as a single point of control for implementing governance policies and controls, Dell Cloud Manager unifies the management of all of your accounts across all of your clouds.

Key Features:

  • Leverage the Cloud Manager API to integrate additional automation tools and other backend systems
  • Available as SaaS to manage public clouds or may be installed on premises or hosted and managed by Dell for managing public, private, or hybrid clouds
  • Supports a number of clouds

Cost: Contact for a quote

21. AutoMate


AutoMate is an award-winning automation platform, and AutoMate 10 enables you to build solutions without writing any code. AutoMate also features easy-to-use interfaces to manage your automation footprint and create powerful tasks.

Key Features:

  • AutoMate 10 integrates with virtual and cloud-based computing environments
  • AutoMate Task Administrator provides a central management hub for the administration of all automation assets
  • Easy-to-use, drag-and-drop, intuitive interface for developing automation applications
  • Uses triggers as the responsive solution for automation

Cost: Contact for a quote

22. Cloudify

Cloudify 3

Cloudify 3 delivers easy automation of applications, even those that are the most complex, throughout their entire lifecycle. This cloud infrastructure automation tool monitors applications’ progress in the could and scales them when needed.

Key Features:

  • Deploy the same application in your own data center or on the cloud of your choice
  • Continue to use your favorite automation and configuration management tools
  • Monitor, manage, and scale your application, regardless of the topology or technology stack

Cost: FREE or contact for purchasing the Premium Edition

23. CA Technologies Automation

CA Technologies Automation

CA Technologies Automation helps accelerate business processes, reduce business costs, and drive business innovation by providing IT automation capabilities across virtual and physical infrastructure, applications, and services. CA Technologies offers several products for automation, including CA AppLogic Cloud Platform, CA Process Automation, CA Workload Automation AE, and others.

Key Features:

  • Intelligent, IT automation that responds to constantly changing business demands
  • Streamlined and accelerated transition to cloud computing
  • Exceptional speed, productivity, visibility, and control

24. Cisco Prime Cloud Automation

Cisco Prime Cloud Automation

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud software is a comprehensive solution for deploying and managing cloud-based services. IT professionals and cloud engineers “can enable highly secure, on-demand, and automated IT operations for cloud computing” with Cisco Prime Cloud Automation.

Key Features:

  • Delivers the critical foundational layer for holistically deploying and managing cloud-based services
  • Offers policy-based controls for provisioning virtual and physical resources
  • Improves agility, flexibility, and speed with a self-service portal, an orchestration engine, and advanced cloud management capabilities

Cost: Contact for a quote

25. Qualys


A cloud infrastructure automation tool rooted in policy compliance, Qualys is “the next generation in compliance and risk management.” Providing automation and global scalability in the cloud, Qualys performs automated security configuration assessments on IT systems throughout your network and cuts compliance costs.

Key Features:

  • Automated, high volume scanning to identify and track assets everywhere
  • Repeatable and trackable compliance process
  • Automate ticketing and reporting for efficient risk reduction
  • Find and prioritize configuration lapses to stay in continuous compliance

Cost: FREE trial available

  • Policy Compliance Enterprise Edition, 1 Year subscription: Contact for a quote – Unlimited users, IPs, scanners, and scans
  • Policy Compliance Express Edition, 1 Year subscription: Contact for a quote – Unlimited users and scans, max of 3,072 IPs (internal only), and maximum of five scanners

26. BladeLogic Automation Passport

BladeLogic Automation Passport

BladeLogic Automation Passport is the portal to their most successful automation customers’ best practices. This strategic framework utilizes your IT automation efforts to maximize your business value and competitive advantage.

Key Features:

  • Develop a roadmap to roll out automation initiatives with increasing business value in a phased approach
  • Get best practice recommendations from years of experience with BMC’s most successful automation customers
  • Apply specific strategies to appropriate solution areas, including provisioning and configuration, patching and compliance, cloud management, and DevOps

Cost: Contact for a quote

27. Cobbler


Designed to simplify server deployments by automating repetitive actions and recycling existing work through templating, Cobbler is a build and deployment system. Rapidly set up installation environments and get assistance with provisioning, managing DNS and CHCP, more with Cobbler.

Key Features:

  • Automates the process of provisioning servers from bare metal, or when deploying virtual machines onto various hypervisors
  • Maximize code reuse with templates for managing DNS and DHCP and those given to various distributions
  • Relies on a system of snippets, or small chunks of code, that can be embedded in other templates

Cost: FREE

28. Sprinkle


A software provisioning tool, Sprinkle helps you build remote servers. Sprinkle allows for a maximum amount of flexibility regarding how to install software because it supports many different installer types.

Key Features:

  • Defines that language as concisely as possible for installing software
  • Supports many different installer types for flexibility
  • Supports dependencies between packages, so you can specify prerequisites that need to be installed in order
  • Extendable in many ways, including in its deployment of commands to remote hosts

Cost: FREE

29. ruxit Virtualization Monitoring

ruxit virtualization monitoring

ruxit is SaaS application monitoring and analytics for DevOps. SysAdmins, cloud and DevOps engineers, and IT professionals get a full picture of virtualized environments, plus determine how your virtualization configuration impacts your application services and end user experience with this single solution.

Key Features:

  • Connect the dots between the dependencies of the vCenters in your datacenter, the processes that run on them, and your applications
  • Automatically analyzes application problems and pinpoints their root causes in your virtualization and application layers
  • Automatically learns the baseline performance of your application, including response times, error rates, and behavior under load, for backend series and user experience at the browser level
  • Adjusts to your infrastructure changes automatically so you don’t have to adjust your dashboards or monitoring configurations

Cost: First 1,000 hours of monitoring are FREE; Contact for a quote

30. Cirba


With Cirba, SysAdmins and cloud engineers get software-defined infrastructure control that removes risk from the core of virtual and private cloud operations. “Make your private cloud smarter with Cirba” and rest assured that your infrastructure control is balancing and right-sizing your cloud infrastructure with a combination of policy, predictive analytics, and automation.

Key Features:

  • Demand-driven approach to infrastructure optimization
  • Ensures perfect alignment between application requirements and compute, storage, and network resources
  • Provides new levels of strategic visibility, efficiency, and control

Cost: Contact for a quote

31. QualiSystems


QualiSystems provides agile infrastructure automation for DevOps, converged infrastructure, test lab, and more. With QualiSystems, DevOps and cloud engineers get DevOps orchestration and automation solutions that increase agility, productivity, and cost savings for data centers, converged infrastructure, and software-defined networks.

Key Features:

  • CloudShell creates self-service clouds from hybrid, cross-domain infrastructure
  • TestShell automates continuous integration and infrastructure testing
  • Quali automates heterogeneous environments from bare metal to public cloud, development to deployment, and legacy to cloud and SDN

Cost: Contact for a quote

32. Mist.io


Mist.io puts “cloud management in your pocket.” Mist.io enables you to combine clouds and bare metal servers so that you can optimize spending, security, performance, and more. Control from everywhere and monitor everything with Mist.io.

Key Features:

  • Send commands securely from your phone or tablet
  • Get actionable alerts
  • Set automated responses
  • Use the API, get the source, and write custom plugins


  • Lite: FREE – Unlimited managed servers, create, reboot, and destroy servers, filter and tag into groups, and send commands from anywhere
  • Basic: $39/month – All Lite plan features, plus monitoring and automation for 5 servers, 5 monitoring rules per server, and 1 week data retention
  • Startup: $149/month – All Lite plan features, plus monitoring and automation for 20 servers, 10 monitoring rules per server, and 1 month data retention
  • Enterprise: Contact for a quote – All Lite plan features, plus monitoring and automation for all of your servers, unlimited monitoring rules per server, and unrestricted data retention

33. Scalr


Design and manage resilient scalable infrastructure for applications deployed across public and private clouds with Scalr software. The Scalr Cloud Management Platform gives engineers the ability to focus more on creating customer value and less time solving cloud problems by delivering precise control and increasing efficiency through autoscaling.

Key Features:

  • Extensible software
  • Access multiple clouds through a single, unified user interface
  • Give more control and responsibility to engineers
  • Reduce time to market, improve cost effectiveness, enforce infrastructure security, and deploy multi-cloud infrastructure

Cost: FREE trial available; Contact for a quote

34. RDist


From MagniComp, RDist is an open source program that maintains identical copies of files over multiple hosts. Preserve the owner, group, mode, and mtime of files, plus update programs that are executing  with RDist.

Key Features:

  • Use with SSH to perform secure and encrypted updates
  • Supports automatic system configuration using the GNU autoconf program, which allows RDist to compile on numerous Unix/Linux-based systems
  • Does not need to be setuid “root”

Cost: FREE

35. HP Cloud Service Automation

HP Cloud Service Automation

HP cloud management software ensures secure, compliant cloud services. IT professionals and cloud engineers use HP Cloud Service Automation to automate and simplify deployment and management of hybrid IT services.

Key Features:

  • Deploy and manage your choice of hybrid IT services
  • Design and orchestrate full stack services
  • Portable service applications
  • Continuous delivery automation, server automation, operations orchestration, and database middleware automation are all available, plus others

Cost: Contact for a quote

36. ServiceNow


ServiceNow offers service management for every enterprise department, including IT. With ServiceNow cloud provisioning, IT professionals can automate the entire cloud management lifecycle.

Key Features:

  • Speeds the deployment of cloud environments to just minutes
  • Self-service cloud selection, automated, standardized cloud creation, and resource optimization
  • IT determines all of the parameters
  • Automate the fulfillment of virtual infrastructure requests while minimizing the time IT spends managing the infrastructure

Cost: Contact for a quote

37. Appcore Cloud Management

Appcore Cloud Management

A leading CloudStack solutions company that focuses on simplifies cloud management, Appcore Cloud Management is a comprehensive solution. Manage resources, automate provisioning, and configure across your cloud infrastructure with Appcore Cloud Management.

Key Features:

  • Automatically provision servers, holistically monitor and manage your cloud, and meter services for comprehensive billing
  • Simple user interfaces provide a holistic view of the cloud environment
  • Delivers the functionality and ease of use within its platform to ensure true on-demand capability
  • Appcore’s monitoring solution integrates with Zenoss into the CloudStack user interface to provide event and telemetry data for both physical and virtual devices

Cost: Contact for a quote

38. Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager

Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager

A unified cloud services delivery and business management platform, Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager enables cloud services automation for provisioning, user management, and more. Easily deliver a range of cloud services while integrating with your existing business, operations, and IT systems with Citrix CloudPortal Business Manager.

Key Features:

  • Unify and automate cloud services provisioning, business/operations support systems, billing and metering, and user management under a single platform
  • Extensible and customizable
  • Generate customized reports for current and historical activity with drill-down analytics

Cost: FREE trial available; Contact for a quote

39. ManageEngine Applications Manager

ManageEngine Applications Manager

IT professionals and SysAdmins get end-to-end application performance monitoring with ManageEngine Applications Manager. Determine whether your mission critical applications are really performing and gain superior visibility with ManageEngine Applications Manager.

Key Features:

  • Troubleshoot and manage problems faster
  • Automatically and proactively monitors business applications and makes sure they meet end user expectations
  • Automate resolution of problems by executing corrective programs/scripts, sending SNMP traps, and triggering actions such as automatic start/stop/restart of Windows services, VMs, and more


  • Applications Manager Professional Edition starts at $795
  • Applications Manger Enterprise Edition starts at $7,995

40. DivvyCloud


Integrate and optimize your multi-cloud management with DivvyCloud’s unified on-premise software. DivvyCloud delivers multi-cloud portfolio management that is fast, simple, and integrated.

Key Features:

  • Gain visibility as you collect server data across multiple public/private clouds or clusters via the unified DivvyCloud console
  • Manage compute resources including instances, storage, security groups, and networks across different clouds
  • Organize and group IT resources in meaningful ways to facilitate efficient cost management, team collaboration, and access control
  • Automate and enable engineer self-service with pre-defined provisioning templates and time-based events

Cost: Contact for a quote

41. NexentaStor


The global leader of software-defined storage solutions, Nexenta offers its flagship SDS platform, NexentaStor. IT professionals and cloud engineers transform storage infrastructure, increase flexibility and agility, simplify management, and drastically reduce costs with NexentaStore.

Key Features:

  • Unified file and block storage services
  • Scales from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations
  • Runs on industry standard hardware
  • Large namespace and high performance file repositories for streaming applications
  • Community and enterprise editions available

Cost: FREE trial available; Contact for a quote

42. pconsole


An administrative tool for working with clusters of machines, console allows IT professionals and SysAdmins to connect each node of your cluster simultaneously. Automate your cloud infrastructure by typing your administrative commands in a specialized window that multiplies the input to each of the connections you have opened.

Key Features:

  • Parallel access to each machine in your cluster
  • Unlimited number of simultaneous connections
  • Secure access
  • Easy installation, with no need to install it on each node in the cluster
  • Simple user interface

Cost: FREE

43. Openfiler


Openfiler delivers unified storage with block replication and web-based management. SysAdmins and IT professionals especially love Openfiler’s cost-free storage capacity expansion.

Key Features:

  • Works on any industry standard server
  • Powerful networked storage solution that exports data via a full suite of industry standard storage networking protocols
  • File-based storage networking protocols ensure cross-platform compatibility in homogenous networks


  • Openfiler CE – SME Support Subscription – Single Node: €780.00
  • Openfiler CE – SME Support Subscription – 2 Node Cluster: €2,400.00
  • Openfiler CE – Enterprise Support Subscription – Single Node: €2,400.00
  • Openfiler CE – Enterprise Support Subscription – 2 Node Cluster: €4,200.00
  • Openfiler CE – Enterprise Support Subscription – 3 Node Cluster: €5,780.00
  • Openfiler CE – Enterprise Support Subscription – 3 Node Cluster: €6,560.00

44. ISconf


ISconf is “a cross between sudo(8) and a distributed version control tool like Git or Bitkeeper.” A cloud infrastructure automation tool, ISconf journals changes you make via ISconf and adds them to a distributed repository, queuing them for execution on other target machines.

Key Features:

  • As you turn on, build, reboot, and/or run ‘isconf up’ on other machines, ISconf consults the journal and executes the same changes, in the same order, on each machine
  • Target machines do not need to be running, or even built, at the time you check in changes
  • No central servers or other single points of failure

Cost: FREE

45. NixOS


A Linux distribution “with a unique approach to package and configuration management,” NixOS is built on top of the Nix package manager. NixOS is completely declarative and makes upgrading systems reliable, making it a good cloud infrastructure automation tool.

Key Features:

  • Completely declarative approach; you write a specification in NixOS’s modular language and NixOS makes it happen
  • Atomic upgrades and rollbacks
  • DevOps friendly, so you can provision and manage networks of NixOS machines in common environments

Cost: FREE

46. PIKT


Cross-categorical, multi-purpose software for monitoring and configuring computer systems, administering networks, and more, PIKT is versatile and extensible. PIKT’s primary purpose is system monitoring and its secondary purpose is configuration management, and its scripting language and centrally directed process scheduler makes it a useful, time-saving cloud infrastructure automation tool.

Key Features:

  • Sophisticated, feature-rich file preprocessor
  • Innovative scripting language with unique labor-saving features
  • Flexible, centrally directed process scheduler
  • Customizing file installer
  • Collection of powerful command-line extensions

Cost: FREE

47. Quattor


Quattor is a cloud infrastructure automation tool that delivers “DevOps for GrownUps.” This powerful, portable, and modular set of tools provides for the automated installation, configuration, and management of clusters, clouds, grids, and more.

Key Features:

  • Manage the complete lifecycle of systems, from initial installation, through configuration, to service upgrades
  • Well-defined interfaces allow alternative implementations and integration with existing site-specific tools
  • Scalable, from academic to enterprise environments, managing infrastructures ranging from tens of systems to over 30,000
  • Extensive validation features for system descriptions catch configuration errors before you deploy them to your infrastructure

Cost: FREE


48. ProfitBricks


ProfitBricks Cloud User Management Screen in the Data Center Designer



It would be remiss not to mention the ProfitBricks Data Center Designer. The latest release of the easy-to-use, award-winning Data Design Center R2 (DCD) allows you to design your own data center in just a few clicks, which makes the creation, configuration and management of your virtual data center effortless and all without having to build a costly physical infrastructure.

Key Features:

  • Create and edit data centers with cloud servers, cloud storage and cloud networks
  • Multi-user access management functionality
  • Ability to set firewall rules
  • Enable/disable 2-factor authentication,
  • Manage multiple data centers, and their costs
  • Create, edit and delete snapshots and images, and reserve IPs

Cost: FREE, with a ProfitBricks cloud account


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