Ansible is an open source IT configuration management, deployment, and orchestration tool. It is unique from other management tools in many respects, aiming to provide large productivity gains to a wide variety of automation challenges as a more productive drop-in replacement for many core capabilities in other automation solutions. Furthermore, Ansible seeks to solve major unsolved IT challenges such as clear orchestration of complex multi- tier workflows and cleanly unifying OS configuration and application software deployment under a single banner.
Ansible is designed to be minimal in nature, consistent, secure, and highly reliable, with an extremely low learning curve for administrators, developers, and IT managers. Ansible seeks to keep descriptions of IT easy to build, and easy to understand – such that new users can be quickly brought into new IT projects, and longstanding automation content is easily understood even after months of being away from a project. Ansible seeks to make things powerful for expert users, but equally accessible for all skill levels, ensuring a quicker time to market for IT projects and faster, less-error prone turnaround on IT configuration change.
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As the world moves deeper into an era of ongoing disruption from digital players, technology has become an essential part of every job. It was predicted that the demand for application development will grow 5X faster than the related IT capacity through 2021. To succeed in today’s digital economy, organizations need to support application development at all levels, when and where required by decision makers.
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Red Hat Ansible Tower is used in a variety of different ways, from traditional configuration management, to custom application deployment, to the orchestration of zero-downtime rolling updates. Companies like Amelco use Ansible deploy their infrastructure consistently and repeatedly. NASA uses Ansible to update security vulnerabilities and to patch manage nasa. gov weekly. Enterprises that make money delivering applications via the web find that Ansible Tower excels at removing IT bottlenecks, automating repetitive tasks, and accelerating the delivery of applications to market. For IT operations, rolling updates with zero downtime is a very common orchestration pattern that has been discussed at length, but let’s take a look at how Ansible Tower fits earlier into the software development lifecycle and removes bottlenecks in operations, as well as in development and test.
Ansible Tower offers a number of benefits in the SDLC, specifically to:
Drive consistency between environments
Improve automated testing
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Zero downtime is achievable, but it requires support from tooling–a strong multi-tier, multi-step orchestration engine like Ansible–to make it manageable. Ansible is a very powerful open source automation language. What makes it unique from other management tools, is that it is also a deployment and orchestration tool. In many respects, it aims to provide large productivity gains to a wide variety of automation challenges. While Ansible provides more productive drop-in replacements for many core capabilities in other automation solutions, it also seeks to solve other major IT challenges.
Learn how Red Hat Ansible, a powerful automation tool, enables continuous integration and delivery to connect computer systems using agile workflows:
Rolling updates and multi-tier applications
Continuous deployment of management content
Integrated stage testing with Ansible
Version control based deployment
Integration with monitoring tools
Callbacks and pluggability
The desired state resource model as applied to deployment
Embedded tests into deployment
Putting deployment on autopilot
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