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Enables us to maintain and consistently deploy network device configurations, but the setup has not gone smoothly
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It is very easy to use, and there is less room for error.
Ansible Tower offers use a UI where we can see all the pushes that have gone into the server.
Its checking and validating ensures our packages are properly patched.
The biggest thing I liked about Ansible is the check mode so that we can verify, after we've pushed, that the config there is actually what we intended.
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.
It was easy to read and learn. It is a YAML-based syntax, which makes it easily understand and pick up.
It increases our company's efficiency, automating all the simple tasks which used to take hours of somebody's time.
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.
Depending on who's looking at the data, they need to configure that data in different ways, and the dashboards help us to do that better than what was previously available.
The backup and restore configurations are really helpful for a number of network devices, as you can automate them, then know what changes have been done, who made the changes, etc. So, it's quite helpful in the network management area.
It is helpful if you schedule daily or weekly archiving for your config groups. Then, you can go by what are in those configuration groups, before and after, if you make changes. So, configuration management is really helpful in network management.
We use it to back up configurations so the configuration management is valuable for us.
For Ansible Tower, there are three tiers with ten nodes. I would like them to expand those ten nodes to 20, because ten nodes is not enough to test on.
Ansible could use more public relations and marketing.
I have seen indications that the documentation needs improvement. They are providing a "How to Improve Your Documentation" presentation at this conference.
The user interface on the Ansible Tower product could be better, but it is functional.
Documentation could be improved. Many times, if I'm looking for something, I have to Google it in a lot of places, then figure out what the best approach will be. There are some best practices documents, but they don't give you the information.
One problem that I'm facing right now is the mismatch between the new version of Python and Ansible. Sometimes it's Python 2, and sometimes it's Python 3. When things get a bit dicey, I wish that Ansible would solve this issue by itself. I don't want to have to specify if it is Python 3 or version 2.
Some of the Cisco modules could be expanded, which would be great, along with not having to do so much coding in the background to make it work.
It is a little slow on the network side because every time you call a module, it's initiating an SSH or an API call to a network device, and it just slows things down.
We've been working with BMC support in various ways such as to allow for the high-availability components to the TSIMs to work together. There have been issues there. We've seen randomness in how other pieces of the software work. Integration with the Presentation Server and the TSIMs has been a challenge. The ports that are required for HA to be utilized were not clearly documented anywhere. In fact, they still aren't documented online anywhere, even though we managed to pull it out of some of their support people.
I would like to see more device supported features, mostly on the new brands and models coming in. For any new version or model, it should be supported by the tool, especially the newest versions. For example, the newest devices, like Aruba Wireless, and routers need support from the tool.
For customized compliance, it takes some effort to implement things. If the device configuration is quite complex, then you have to do quite number of customizations in the DNA tool for out-of-the-box compliance. These regular expressions have to be modified based on the requirements of the compliance.
I'd like to be able to get more devices into compliance with standards, but that means running additional rule sets and that takes time.
Pricing and Cost Advice
Ansible Tower is free. Until they lower the cost, we are holding off on purchasing the product.
We went with product because we have a subscription for Red Hat.
The cost is high, but it still works well.
Like many Red Hat products, they have a no-cost version of the web application (AWX, formerly Ansible Tower), but you are on your own to install and it is a little more complicated than just installing Ansible.
There's a fee for the licenses themselves, per contract, and then we have a yearly licensing fee that's many thousands of dollars. But that's not just for TrueSight, that's also for support for ITSM, Atrium Orchestrator, BBNA, and other BMC tools in the environment.
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|TrueSight Network Automation, BladeLogic Network Automation|
|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.|
Network automation and management software reduces network outages and downtime by automating configuration, change and compliance processes. Organizations depend on high performance across their network to keep the business running at peak efficiency but new security threats make it hard for network administrators to keep pace with the demands for new services and safeguard the health of the network.
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