I have heard of Ansible and remember originally being head over heels for it. I even started another badly named repo to build a VVV clone at some point – WAVE. There was a period I was trying to figure out the best option for provisioning our servers at WSU. It was around then that I fell in love with Salt and kind of forgot about everything else.
I think at some level I thought of Ansible as a provisioner and Fabric as a task runner—though I’m sure either can handle either in the end. I do remember really enjoying that things were in YAML format.
From what I remember, Doug Stewart uses Ansible for some stuff, so I’m going to ping him to chime in if he has thoughts. 🙂