A simple test to compare Ansible vs Salt in terms of execution speed
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Ansible VS Salt - Speed test

See outputs.md for complete outputs of commands.

Table of Contents

Apply states

Ansible

# time ansible-playbook -i localhost desktop.yml 

real	0m11.660s
user	0m8.520s
sys	0m1.804s

Salt

# time salt-call --local state.apply

real	0m4.132s
user	0m3.165s
sys	0m0.603s

Verify states

Ansible

# time ansible-playbook -i localhost desktop.yml 

real	0m10.386s
user	0m7.673s
sys	0m1.651s

Salt

# time salt-call --local state.apply

real	0m2.509s
user	0m2.050s
sys	0m0.401s

Verify without package management

Ansible

# time ansible-playbook -i localhost desktop.yml

real	0m6.134s
user	0m4.727s
sys	0m1.213s

Salt

# time salt-call --local state.apply

real	0m1.896s
user	0m1.519s
sys	0m0.326s