Faster Delivery = Happy Users
Automated Process = Fewer Errors
Standards = Cost Reduction
Order Visibility = Confidence
Linking Systems = Efficiency
In this era of hybrid cloud, where IT is asked to do more — and to do it faster but with less — automation is perhaps the enterprise’s most powerful, promising ally.
Yet, while the benefits of automating IT are clear, from reducing complexity to accelerating operations and improving hybrid cloud management, it’s not always obvious how automation actually works, who should use it, and why.
In this blog post, we take a closer look at Ansible, Red Hat’s IT automation solution, to answer several questions IT leaders have about the popular open source technology and determine its potential fit in your enterprise.
What is Ansible? A simple, easy to use automation engine for IT
Let’s begin with the basics: What is Ansible and what makes it worth considering?
At the highest level, Ansible is an open source IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment and intra-service orchestration.
Like other products in the Red Hat cloud suite, one defining feature of Ansible is its streamlined simplicity. Ansible uses no agents (it’s “agentless”) and requires no additional custom security infrastructure. In principle, these functions make it easier to deploy. Perhaps more importantly, Ansible is very simple for most IT professionals to use, as it relies on simple languages (YAML, in the form of Ansible Playbooks) that allow you to build your automation jobs in almost-plain English.
Why Ansible? Reduce IT complexity, speed to market and digital transformation
The next question has obvious answers for any IT leader hoping to modernize their operations: why should we use Ansible?
Simply put, automation is a key piece of the digital transformation puzzle, one that is crucial for modern IT to succeed in serving the advanced needs of the business. Businesses who want to modernize cloud infrastructure to better serve customers and engage employees will ultimately need automation to quickly, seamlessly and effectively deliver the infrastructure, operations and services required to meet their goals.
More specifically, solutions such as Ansible can be used to optimize resources by automating complex and manual processes; accelerate service delivery while providing IT teams with control and visibility; and transform the enterprise into an efficient, digital business that can quickly meet the evolving challenges of the marketplace and employees.
How does Ansible work? Security, Playbooks and more
There are a few key building blocks of Ansible that allow IT to deliver on the benefits of automation, including agentless architecture, Playbooks, extensibility and a consolidated approach for hybrid IT:
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