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Solution1dd5
Real User
Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Oct 22 2018

What is most valuable?

To me, a great thing about Ansible is that it can do everything. Cloud, on-prem, Windows, Linux, networking. I've not seen any other orchestration tool able to do that as easily.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

The way it's going to improve is with the community contributing more to the platform in terms of modules that interact with different devices. And perhaps it can contribute use... more»

What other advice do I have?

Another thing that I've been doing is mentoring teams on how to use Ansible. Ironically, I've been mentoring the server teams, which is where I worked in the first part of my... more»
SeniorOp7b07
Real User
Senior Operations Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Oct 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* The Organizations feature, where I can give clear silos and hand them over to different teams, that's amazing; everybody says that it's their own Tower. It's like they have their... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

We are not using the Dashboard a lot because we have higher expectations from it. The default Dashboard from Tower doesn't give that much information. We really want to get down... more»

What other advice do I have?

In addition to the developers who use it most, we hand over job access to different teams. Security needs some data, we clear jobs for them, we hand it over to them. But most of it... more»
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JoeGarcia
Real User
Principal Engineer at CyberArk
Oct 21 2018

What is most valuable?

I really love the user interface: * The first time I started to use it, I found that it was well-built and very easy to navigate around. Things were were I expected them to be. I... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

It can use some more credential types. I've found that when I go looking for a certain credential type, such as private keys, they're not really there. I end up having to either... more»

What other advice do I have?

I learned about the solution last year through AWX. Surprisingly enough, I found AWX first, then made my way to Tower from there. From a security standpoint, we are a security... more»
Eric Greene
Real User
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
Oct 21 2018

What is most valuable?

It is very extensible. There are many plugins and modules out there that everybody helps create to interact with different cloud providers as well. Roles that sum up all the... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

In Community, there's a lot of effort towards testing, standardizing, and testing for module development to role development, which is why Molecule is now becoming real. Same thing... more»

What other advice do I have?

It simplifies everything. You can see what is happening actively on your screen. Now, with Tower and AWX, you are able to see the output afterwards. You can set up cron through the... more»
Eric Spencer
Real User
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The community is very important. Right now, I'm focusing on Palo Alto and automating a lot of our firewall processes related to when a developer requests new firewall rules. Right... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

Some of the module documentation could be better, but I don't know if that's Red Hat Ansible's fault. Specifically, I've done a lot of Palo, and I've done some Cisco ACI. The Cisco... more»

What other advice do I have?

I'll start on Cisco IOS stuff in Q1, 2019. I'm pretty excited to learn about the network engine today, here at AnsibleFest 2018, because I haven't looked at it at all yet.
BoB Woodraska
User
Systems Engineer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 17 2017

What is most valuable?

The beauty of Ansible is the easy ramp-up to get started. You really only need Python and SSH access. Configuration is generally done in YAML,... more»

How has it helped my organization?

There is some overhead in setting up the initial playbooks, but it now takes less time to set up 10 servers than it did to configure one in the... more»

What needs improvement?

Because Ansible is establishing SSH sessions to perform tasks, there is a limit on scalability. Speed and the sheer number of open connections... more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Although Red Hat has an enterprise add-on to manage Ansible through a web application and offers commercial support, I have not used it. Like... more»

Which solutions did we use previously?

Manual configuration and "Golden" templates for virtual machines were used. The former is tricky to maintain consistency with. The latter seemed... more»
Thomas Elrod
Real User
Senior Systems Administrator at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
Oct 21 2018

What is most valuable?

* I like the inventory management. It's a very nice, simple, concise way to keep all that data together. * The API allows us to use it even for things that are not Ansible.

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

On the Dashboard, when you view a template run, it shows all the output. There is a search filter, but it would be nice to able to select one server in that run and then see all... more»

What other advice do I have?

Puppet is the main configuration management we have right now. The goal is that Ansible will do all the administration and deployment, and do all things with a baseline, to meet... more»
Clarence Mills
Real User
System Engineer at a tech vendor
Oct 21 2018

What is most valuable?

I prefer Ansible Core, but from an enterprise standpoint, an admin point of view, having the Dashboard and seeing how all the projects and all the jobs lay out is helpful.

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

What I would like to see is a refined Dashboard to see, when I log in: Here are all my jobs, here are how many times they've executed; some kind graphical stitching-together of the workflows and jobs, and how they're connected. Also, those... more»
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