Introduction to Ansible and How Industries are solving their challenges and Usecases using Ansible.

What is Ansible?

History of Ansible

Ansible loves the repetitive work
your people hate

Ansible is a simple automation language that can perfectly describe an IT application infrastructure. It’s easy-to-learn, self-documenting, and doesn’t require a grad-level computer science degree to read. Automation shouldn’t be more complex than the tasks it’s replacing.

Why Ansible?

What is the playbook file?

Playbooks contain the steps which the user wants to execute on a particular machine. Playbooks are run sequentially. Playbooks are the building blocks for all the use cases of Ansible.

Important Terms in Ansible

These are the few important terms using in Ansible —

  • Managed Node: This is nodes where the task is executed by the controller node.
  • Inventory: This is basically an initializing file that contains information about the servers that we are managing.
  • Modules: These are little programs that act as building blocks encapsulating common tasks such as using yum to install packages or ping to test the connection to a remote host.
  • Playbook: It is an organized unit of scripts defining an automated work for the configuration management of our server.
  • Task: A task block defines a single procedure to be executed on the server like installing packages.

Ansible Workflow

  1. The local machine connects to these servers (nodes) through an inventory using secured SSH connections.
  2. Once these nodes are connected to the master server, then the node servers are analyzed and the playbook codes are pushed toward each of the servers so that these playbooks can configure the servers remotely, which leads to a consistent environment.

Benefits of Using Ansible

  • Simple: As we’ve seen, Ansible uses a very simple syntax written in YAML known as playbooks — YAML (Yet Another Markup Language) is a human-readable data serialization language. We don’t need special coding skills to code and understand playbooks. It is very easy to install and execute tasks in order.
  • Modular: Ansible is modular as we require only one program per script. This way, we can spread our programs across different servers.
  • Efficient: Not requiring any extra software on our servers means that there is more space for our resources.
  • Powerful and flexible: Having powerful features gives us the capability to model even complex IT workflows in lesser time, along with managing infrastructure, networks, operating systems, and services that are already in use.

INTEGRATION:

Ansible AND WWT(World Wide Technology)

WWT Saves Time and Money Using Ansible Automation

By adopting Ansible automation, WWT IT is no longer asking themselves if they should automate; they’re asking what should they automate next?

How does Ansible benefit an IT organization?

After onboarding Ansible, automations executed through ServiceNow surged. IT is no longer asking themselves if they should automate; they’re asking what should they automate next?

Not only is Ansible automation saving WWT time and money, but it’s allowing IT to get closer to the business. IT operations is spending more time on strategic initiatives related to Cisco ACI and F5.

Cisco Ansible Automation Lab

Solution Overview

F5 Ansible Automation Training Lab

Solution Overview

World Wide Technology provides technology solutions for large enterprises and public agencies around the world. Our goal is to help customers use cutting-edge technology to realize business outcomes, and IT automation is a big part of that. Our relationship with Ansible is very strong. Our engineers have spoken to AnsibleFest and regularly contribute to Ansible meetups as well as the Ansible open source project.

The Problem:

The Fix:

BENEFITS ACHIEVED BY USING ANSIBLE:

One of the things that Ansible has really allowed to do is develop a common language of ground IT that works for people of all skillsets. For people that are more experts in the operation specific details of their jobs, they can continue to work at a very high level with the abstractions that Ansible already has in place. By contrast though, we really need to dig under the hood and do something as a power user, Ansible still relies on common tools like Python and PowerShell that people can still get into.

One of the things realized when we started using Ansible is not just the cost of what we are doing, but the opportunity cost of what we were leaving on the table. Now that we’ve started automating away the mundane, we’re able to move the organization forward working on initiatives like Cisco ACI, and so some innovative routing things with F5 and other technologies that really leave our organization on the cutting edge.

Because Ansible is so accessible, everybody is now speaking that common tongue when they go to automate their stuff and they’re able to build more things in more impressive ways because they have so many more skillsets.

INTEGRATION:

Ansible AND HOOTSUITE

ANSIBLE AND HOOTSUITE

HootSuite is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. More than 75% of Fortune 1000 companies now use HootSuite for social media management, social marketing, social customer service, and social selling. Customers include PepsiCo, Virgin, FOX, Sony Music, and WWF.

The Problem:

The Fix:

BENEFITS ACHIEVED BY USING ANSIBLE:

• With the help of Vagrant we can test server builds locally as many times as we want until it works, instead of testing it on EC2 cloud which is remote and always slow.

  • Ansible makes engineers more productive because lots of system libraries and packages are shared among different server types, and as we take advantage of Ansible’s ‘shared’ Playbook they don’t have to repeat the same lib/package install over and over again.

Conclusion

✨Ansible is a universal language, unraveling the mystery of how work gets done. Turn tough tasks into repeatable playbooks. Roll out enterprise-wide protocols with the push of a button.

✨Ansible solves problems once and share the results with everyone.

✨Ansible breaks down silos, creates a culture of automation.

✨Ansible automates the technologies you already use.

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