ANSIBLE TOWER AND ITS INDUSTRY USE CASE

  • Improve operating efficiencies
  • Can Improve safety and remove risk of human error
  • Can enable a shorter working week
  • More efficient production
  • Avoid Boring , repetitive jobs & many more

Ansible:

Ansible is an open-source software provisioning, configuration management, and application-deployment tool enabling infrastructure as code. It runs on many Unix-like systems, and can configure both Unix-like systems as well as Microsoft Windows. It includes its own declarative language to describe system configuration. Ansible is agentless, temporarily connecting remotely via SSH or Windows Remote Management to do its tasks.

  • Human readable automation
  • No special coding skills needed
  • Tasks executed in order
  • Get productive quickly
  • Configuration management
  • App deployment
  • Workflow orchestration
  • Orchestrate the app lifecycle
  • Agentless architecture
  • Uses OpenSSH and WinRM
  • No agents to exploit or update
  • Predictable, reliable and secure

Ansible Tower

Ansible Tower (formerly ‘AWX’: a community version of Ansible Tower) is a web-based solution that makes Ansible even more easy to use for IT teams of all kinds. It’s designed to be the hub for all of your automation tasks.

Ansible vs. Ansible Tower

Why Ansible Tower?

Ansible Tower takes you beyond Ansible’s command-line interface to a web user interface, offering a more familiar environment for most customers, employers, and non-technical people. Tower allows sysadmins and DevOps/automation specialists to demonstrate the value and power of automation and provides easier training and demos that lead to quicker acceptance and overall buy-in so you can add this tool into your long-term automation strategy.

  • A graphical user interface dashboard.
  • Role-based access control.
  • Job scheduling.
  • Graphical inventory management.
  • A multi-playbook workflow.
  • RESTful APIs.
  • External logging integrations.
  • Real-time job status updates.
  • Red Hat technical support.
  • Red Hat Customer Portal access.

NASA’s Implementation of Ansible Tower

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

  • Updating nasa.gov went from over 1 hour to under 5 minutes
  • Patching updates went from a multi-day process to 45 minutes
  • Achieving near real-time RAM and disk monitoring (accomplished without agents)
  • Provisioning OS Accounts across entire environment in under 10 minutes
  • Baselining standard AMIs went from 1 hour of manual configuration to becoming an invisible and seamless background process
  • Application stack set up from 1–2 hours to under 10 minutes per stack

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