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Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Primary Use Case

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DevOps Consultant at a government with 501-1,000 employees

We use it to configure operating systems, apply security, and for day-to-day management. Our use cases include collecting information from end nodes, rather than writing shell scripts or any other types of scripts, as was done historically, and rather than even logging in manually and collecting information from the nodes. These days, you write an Ansible playbook and it does things for you. And if you don't have a playbook, you can simply gather the facts from the nodes, and that's available out-of-the-box without writing anything. You simply utilize the Ansible modules.

Our Ansible deployment is for a hybrid environment. We have on-premises services that we use Ansible to configure as well as cloud instances.

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Student at ARTH

Basically, Ansible is a configuration management tool. Mainly, I've been using Ansible for making changes and for deployments, such as of web servers. I also use it for servicing instances, mostly from AWS. I use AWS Cloud, and I configure the instances that I've launched.

Recently, I've also created an Ansible role. Basically, you can contribute to Red Hat in the form of an Ansible role. Everybody can share their code with just simple commands, such as Ansible Galaxy. With a few commands, we can share each other's infrastructure.

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Linux Platform System Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for patching and configuration management.

We are a healthcare institution. We have less than 500 hosts. Ansible is used between the infrastructure and applications, and primarily has Red Hat as the OS.

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Operations Executive at Infosys Ltd

My use cases with Ansible include configuring network devices. That is what I used it for when I was first learning Ansible. I then automated PKI (public key infrastructure) compliance. That particular domain has different servers and I developed an automation solution, using Ansible, to automate the configuration of the PKI servers. And for the last eight or nine months, I have been working on automating cloud solutions, such as deploying services or upgrading or migrating to a specific version of a product.

I am working on a client network, and that client also has clients who are hiring our client for hosted services, such as websites or internal applications for their employees or for their end-users. All the database-related activities and operations are being handled by our client. What I am doing, in that context, has to do with patches. There are patch releases, or bundles, or package upgrades, but the developers of those packages can't go and directly upgrade the particular sites of every customer. So we have developed an automation solution for them, using Ansible, that can directly trigger these processes. They can point out that "this is the package," and our automation in the backend, using Ansible, takes care of it.

It's a tool to automate different domains and Ansible can reduce human efforts for two domains in particular. One is DevOps and the other is network automation.

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CEO/Founder at Zen Networks

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 that much, yet.

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