Red Hat AnsibleProduct Overview
Red Hat Ansible product overview
Red Hat Ansible is an open-source community and enterprise IT solution that includes everything needed to build, deploy, and manage end-to-end automation at scale. Ansible enables organizations to create and manage their automation workloads based on an agentless framework. It offers a flexible and security-focused foundation for deploying automation solutions — from IT processes to hybrid cloud to edge locations.
Automating at scale requires a top-down strategy that involves investments in time, technology, and people. Enterprises can make the most of that investment and stay ahead of the competition with the Ansible Automation Platform. The solution empowers companies to operate more efficiently, reduce costs, and free up time for innovation.
Ansible automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, and intra-service orchestration. The platform allows organizations to adopt a culture of collaborative automation by facilitating a consistent experience everywhere, based on features tailored to the needs of the entire IT team.
Pros of Red Hat Ansible
- With Ansible, IT managers can expand automation across the enterprise while managing automation policy and governance. Red Hat Insights provides automation services catalog and real-time reporting across the entire stack.
- Developers retain the freedom to build without the operational overhead of maintaining many tools and frameworks. Execution environments deliver a stable container-like experience for building and scaling automation, with new tooling to help build and manage them. Ansible Content Collections offer prebuilt automation content from more than 100 certified partners, with solutions available for nearly every use case.
Cons of Red Hat Ansible
- It provides limited functionalities for Windows.
Breakdown of core features
The control plane for Ansible is called the automation controller. It includes a user interface (UI), role-based access control (RBAC), workflows, and CI/CD for helping teams scale. The automation controller standardizes the deployment, initiation, delegation, and auditing of automation. It lets users manage inventory, launch and schedule workflows, track changes, and integrate reporting — all from a centralized UI and RESTful API.
Red Hat Insights for Ansible allows users to monitor and assess the status of Ansible-managed infrastructure, whether a single cluster or multiple clusters. IT teams can proactively respond to infrastructure performance, system availability, and security vulnerabilities. This results in reduced compliance risks, security threats, and potential downtime. Automation analytics and insights bring rich metrics and actionable data to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve various issues across entire ecosystems.
Ansible’s automation mesh enables customers to automate at scale in a cloud-native way. It gives customers maximum flexibility in planning distributed, remote, or otherwise complex automation deployments, along with visibility, control, and reporting. This feature presents a simple and flexible way to scale the automation of extensive inventories across diverse network topologies, platforms, and teams. Automation mesh facilitates resilience and fault tolerance while providing enhanced security to standardize and normalize automation across the entire IT estate. The topology viewer allows users to visualize complex automation topologies across multiple sites, including execution, hybrid, and control nodes.
Ansible Content Collections
Ansible Content Collections make it simpler for content creators and developers to get up and running with the latest certified modules, requiring less work up front and letting teams automate with more speed and efficiency.
(Last updated on 08/23/2022 by Liz Laurente-Ticong)