Ansible Valuable Features

Solutions Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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. The biggest thing I like about Ansible is the check mode so that we can verify, after we've pushed, that the config is actually what we intended. That's a big feature that I like about the product. View full review »
Senior Operations Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
* 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 own Tower out there. * RBAC is great around Organizations and I can use that backend as our lab. * Ingesting stuff into the JSON logs, into any sort of logging collector; it works with Splunk and there are other collectors as well. It supports Sumo and that helps. I can go create reports in Sumo Logic. * Workflows are an interesting feature. I can collect a lot of templates and create a workflow out of them. * Also, the fact that Tower exposes APIs so other Playbooks can consume the APIs, it does complement other programs we use internally. View full review »
Principal Engineer at CyberArk
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 didn't have to go clicking around too much to find what I wanted to do. * The documentation on their website is well done. Anytime that I need to, I can pull up its six tabs. For example, I wrote my first Ansible playbook with no Internet on a plane and those six tabs cached in my phone's browser. Red Hat has always done a great job with their documentation. However, I sort of grew up around most of their products. As far as the dashboard is concerned, it is a nice, quick, easy look without having to dig in, deep dive into the different metrics, etc. I obtain a quick presentation of what's failed and what's been successful. Having an operator and/or admin get that quick of a look is beneficial because they can quickly act and react to job failures, etc. View full review »
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Eric Greene
Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
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 playbooks that you might have. You might have a giant playbook which is doing a lot of things just for one app. However, there may be other people who have also tried to do the same thing. So, they create these roles, and you're able to automate easier without needing all those playbooks. You can have role declaration with a couple of Rs. View full review »
Eric Spencer
Network Engineer at a legal firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 now, that's a totally manual process. I'm three weeks away from putting in an automated process from a third-party tagging system flowing into Ansible and actually writing to our Palo environment through our data centers throughout the world. View full review »
Thomas Elrod
Senior Systems Administrator at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
* 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. View full review »
Mohamed Ibrahim
Senior DevOps at RubiconMD
Ansible Tower offers use a UI where we can see all the pushes that have gone into the server. It is very easy to grasp. Multiple users on my team can utilize it without me giving them a thorough tutorial. This has been helpful. View full review »
Clarence Mills
System Engineer at a tech vendor
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. View full review »
Steven Roth
Linux Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable feature is the Playbooks and pushing them out. View full review »
Chris Smolen
Senior Network Engineer at ePlus Technology
The network modules. View full review »
Andy Brittingham
Systems Administrator at Main Street softworks
The ability to centralize everything, to centralize management, and to push changes quickly and reliably. That's the main use for us. View full review »
Senior Data Architect at Crunchy data
* It's written in Python. It is not using Ruby. Python is already available on most of Linux backdrops. If you are using any of their distributions, YUM or DNF, both are using Python. * It is agentless. I don't have to think about which client system my unit has understanding in or not, because I can execute from my system. It will go and configure it, and any module that it is looking for will be shipped out. View full review »
Marek Jeerzejewicz
Senior Director Network Security at Oracle Corporation
The community support is broad with a lot of available plugins and modules. People have shared a lot of information about how to do things with the solution. View full review »
Ahmad Bukhari
Senior Security Engineer at Mindpoint
I like learning and challenging myself with it, finding out if there are different problems that we can automate. I always look to see if there is a community solution first on the Internet. By looking at what other people have done, I can see if I can try to emulate their work. View full review »
Meltron Kendrick
Senior Systems at a government with 10,001+ employees
I like being able to control multiple systems and push out updates quickly with just a couple of clicks of a button and commands. I like the automation because it is a time saver. View full review »
Shashank Jha
Senior Software Developer at HCL Technologies
* There are so many models that I don't have to create one. I don't have to worry about anything. In these two months, everything was easily available. * Since it is in YAML, if I have to explain it to somebody else, they can easily understand it. View full review »
Logan Vig
Co Founder at Limestone networks
It has been simple to get into, and we are able to get results out of it quickly. We automate across a bunch of different server and virtualization platforms and have been able to do that with Ansible across the board along with our networks. View full review »
Sergey Kletsko
Solution Integrator at Kpco
The most useful features are the playbooks. We can develop our playbooks and simplify them doing something like a cross platform. Because right now, during deployment of OpenStack on different platforms, it is behaving a bit different. We want, and are trying, to develop a universal solution for all platforms. View full review »
Keith Rhea
Security Engineer at MindPoint Group
It was easy to read and learn. It is a YAML-based syntax, which makes it easily understand and pick up. View full review »
Monika Agrawal
BI and Data Integration Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Everything in source control. All changes are visible while deploying. * Ansible Galaxy for roles and Git Submodules: No dependency in managing playbooks. * Fact caching in redis for host/role grp information: Speeds up execution. * Tags: To repeat task execution until the desired result is achieved. Quite useful in a test environment. * Ansible comes with an orchestration layer. * Sensitive data: Ansible has a command called ansible-vault. You can edit the file locally and it is saved in source control. * Easy variable management. View full review »
Daniele Morvillo
User at Huawei Technologies
Role-based access control and agentless architecture are the main features which may attract users. It is also easy to learn. Ansible Tower provides a GUI, which is an enhancement, and a well-liked feature by operation teams. View full review »
Nay Aung
Student at StarHub
I have found the automation to be the most valuable feature. View full review »
David Rojas
Automation Engineer at Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.
The countless modules and products supported. View full review »
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