Ansible Benefits

Solution1dd5
Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It's going to help differentiate our services. It's something new that we're using internally, and our managed services, themselves, are new within Canada. It's something we're doing to help scale faster. Our company has an offering called through which we manage the subscriptions to various cloud providers for clients. We help them to automate that component. We also offer another service to help customers connect to various clouds effectively, through VPNs to different clouds. A big piece of that is standardizing. If client A comes in, versus client B, we want to standardize that process and make it repeatable, so we're templating that as much as possible in Ansible. Sometimes we'll combine various tools so we'll use Ansible on a native cloud formation. We're looking at Ansible as our key orchestration engine for the data model that we developed internally and to help pump that out. View full review »
SeniorOp7b07
Senior Operations Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
In terms of staff or the amount of effort involved, Ansible is great. That Tower uses Ansible is amazing. Creating Playbooks takes less time. Tower has its own features. If there were more that would be great. But because Tower uses Ansible, it's not a lot of effort and we can get things done quickly. View full review »
JoeGarcia
Principal Engineer at CyberArk
We are a partner, but we also use it in-house. It drives all of our demonstrations. We've used Ansible community to be able to easily deploy and set up pipelines end-to-end in Dockers or containers. Therefore, we can have an easy to go, ready demonstration set up in less than five minutes. We can also have a customer go to our GitHub page and just be able to use Ansible to have it easily deployed, then we don't have to give them any more instructions, i.e., run this playbook and you'll be set up in no time. Our sales engineers use it a lot in order to understand how the security works between Ansible and our own product, so they can better sell it. We have been lucky enough to have a great partnership with Red Hat, so we receive a lot of great feedback directly from their solutions architects. We are always getting together and sharing information. We will be training them on Conjur, and on Thursday, they have us being trained on Ansible. So, it's a great partnership. View full review »
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Eric Greene
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
It allows people without a lot of knowledge or expertise in a CI/CD pipeline to deploy it other than knowing how to write code. It allows them to look at what someone else has done and easily read it, then copy and paste into their own if they're creating a new app. They can also utilize what is already there. View full review »
Eric Spencer
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
On the network side, I already have a lot of our firewall-related processes automated. If it's not automated all the way from the ticket system, our network team members, our tier-one guys in India, can just go into the Tower web interface and fill in a couple of survey questions. We've used Ansible even longer than that, organizationally, for web servers mainly. Some guys are doing some of the Kubernetes stuff, but I'm personally not involved with those modules. View full review »
Thomas Elrod
Senior Systems Administrator at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Managing our inventory is a big pain point. Right now, we have Satellite, but we can tie it in with Satellite, so we can actually manage things and automate the entire deployment stack, instead of trying to grab things from tickets, then generating Kickstart, and using that to get things in Satellite. That doesn't work well. We can do the whole deployment stack using the inventory share between Tower and Satellite. I've been doing patching from the command line, but for other people, it's nice to have the Dashboard where they can see it, have it report to our ELK stack. It's far more convenient, and we can trigger it with API and schedules, which is better than doing it with a whole bunch of scripts. View full review »
Mohamed Ibrahim
Senior DevOps at RubiconMD
It saves time; it cut our configuration time. It is very easy to use, and there is less room for error. For exampe, if we had 10 servers, and we need to update a file on each server. So, you would have to go into every server and update the file manually, then sign out. You can mess up on the sixth one and have configuration issues. It is easier to use one server to create a playbook, then you just hit "push" and the playbook is distributed to all the servers. View full review »
Clarence Mills
System Engineer at a tech vendor
I was the one who initially initiated Ansible Core and Tower within our department of the bank. I have actually been the Ansible evangelist, so I'm slowly migrating people from using batch scripts to using Ansible Playbooks. That has taken a little while but there has been an improvement in people using Ansible, and starting to automate things better, and people sharing code amongst the teams. View full review »
Steven Roth
Linux Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The improvement is going to come in that we are going to be able to maintain configuration management, through the use of both Puppet and Ansible. Currently, in a manual process, hands-on - that is what kills us. When we have a system administrator trying to do his job, that kills us every time. We have 2,500 servers and if a project comes to him, we have 15-minute time-outs. I don't like that. He'll go in there and he'll change it. And we can't control that and we don't know when it gets changed. The hope is that we automate and then it's there, we know it's there. And then we'll use Puppet to come in at the back, and just maintain it. That is our plan. If somebody tries to change something through Puppet, we're going to get reports. Ansible is going to be used on the front end, and if somebody comes up and says, "We need this patch pushed out. It's an urgent patch. It's high criticality. We need to do it now," we'll do it through Ansible. We'll write a Playbook or a module and just, boom, get it done. View full review »
Dave Thelen
Software Engineer at Arista
From speed to deployment, it is much quicker. It has an API in the back which allows for integrations. So, if you are building a pipeline with Jenkins or some orchestration tool, it's much easier to write the playbook and plug it in via Tower than try to link it yourself. Thus, it is quick to production. If you look at network as a infrastructure, NetOps, and the continuous integration, we are certainly able to plug something (like Tower) into the pipeline, which is a big benefit and also a value add. View full review »
Chris Smolen
Senior Network Engineer at ePlus Technology
It's helped in my department, or at least in my role, because I use it a lot. NTP is a big one. We just rolled out GPS-based NTP. Instead of spending several days going to each device and ripping out config and putting new config in, I just batched our branches, batched our data center, ran three jobs, and called it a day. View full review »
Andy Brittingham
Systems Administrator at Main Street softworks
We were growing at the time. I was able to take the old build manifest and automate everything. So when it came time to spin everything up, it was quick and simple. I could spin it up and test it. When it came time to roll production, it was a done deal. When we expanded to multiple data centers, it was the same thing: Change a few IP addresses, change some names, and off we went. It helps me do a lot more. Where previously we had a couple of guys doing what I do, now it's just me. View full review »
Yogesh_Sharma
Senior Data Architect at Crunchy data
It has seamless integration because we are not using Ansible to manage our services. We are creating roles, and those roles configure servers. The way we design the role is we split into multiple roles and each role has its own action to perform. This helps a lot to design our overall architecture. View full review »
Marek Jeerzejewicz
Senior Director Network Security at Oracle Corporation
We have done a lot of work to do automation. Previously, it wasn't in the DNA of Oracle at all. Ansible has brought a platform which has allowed us to automate a lot of services, not just server services, but network services as well. This solution allows us to stitch a lot of different parts of the workflow together. We have integrations with some of our ticketing and monitoring systems, which allows work to start work happening. View full review »
Ahmad Bukhari
Senior Security Engineer at Mindpoint
For my client, it has improved a lot of the problems that we had. For example, with package management, I wrote a script in Bash to check all the different PHP versions in Red Hat. With Ansible, I can do it for all my systems at once, which is huge. There are a lot of different, little nuances that I like about Ansible. The biggest is the checking and validating, since it makes sure our packages are properly patched. We are running the latest version (PHP, etc.) on our different packages and validating them. View full review »
Meltron Kendrick
Senior Systems at a government with 10,001+ employees
It's a catch all. We now have a central way of pushing out updates. As long as we have every name of all the hosts on the network that we want to patch on Linux primarily, we have it covered, from one person logging on and issuing the commands, then looking for the feedback from the servers. View full review »
Shashank Jha
Senior Software Developer at HCL Technologies
My team thinks it is easy to work with, especially when working with the nodes. When the nodes increase, from say five to 15, I don't have to do anything extra. View full review »
Logan Vig
Co Founder at Limestone networks
It has made our infrastructure more testable. We are able to build our infrastructure in CI, then are more confident in what we are deploying will work, not breaking everything. View full review »
Keith Rhea
Security Engineer at MindPoint Group
It increases our company's efficiency, automating all the simple tasks which used to take hours of somebody's time. View full review »
Monika Agrawal
BI and Data Integration Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Ansible makes it easy to maintain configuration across environments and to maintain and execute the code through playbooks. It has helped us reduce manpower costs. View full review »
Nay Aung
Student at StarHub
Ansible automation has benefited our organization. View full review »
David Rojas
Automation Engineer at Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.
Saved time as well as helped support compliance and standards. View full review »
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