Ansible Overview

Ansible is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Release Automation tools. It is most often compared to SCCM: Ansible vs SCCM

What is Ansible?
Ansible is the simplest way to deploy your applications. It gives you the power to deploy multi-tier applications reliably and consistently, all from one common framework. You can configure needed services as well as push application artifacts from one common system.
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Ansible Customers
HootSuite Media, Inc., Cloud Physics, Narrative, BinckBank
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Faycal Noushi
CEO/Founder at Zen Networks
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Nov 20, 2020
Provides predictability to the network by knowing exactly what's being pushed after validating it in production

What is our primary use case?

Server configuration management: This is Ansible's forte as it has multiple modules to interact with servers either to orchestrate or configure them. This can take multiple forms like pushing a script and executing it, sending commands to restart services... Network configuration management: Ansible coupled with Jinja2 allows to push parametered configurations in a reliable way. Support for network gear isn't as common as server/development use cases. But, with some hacking, it can be managed The tool can also be used for CI/CD software deployment, But, we didn't explore this topic with it… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Ansible provides great reliability when coupled with a versioning system (git). It helps providing predictability to the network by knowing exactly what's being pushed after validating it in production."
  • "Accessibility. Ansible uses a CLI by default. Those accustomed to it can find their way and adopt the YAML files easily over time. But, some users are more comfortable using UIs..."
David Rojas
Automation Engineer at Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.
Real User
Top 20
Mar 6, 2019
Saved time as well as helped support compliance and standards

What is our primary use case?

It is used to support WAN network equipment.

How has it helped my organization?

Saved time as well as helped support compliance and standards.

What is most valuable?

The countless modules and products supported.

What needs improvement?

Error codes are not very descriptive.

For how long have I used the solution?

Less than one year.
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