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Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering Ansible?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Ansible, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Gogineni Venkatachowdary - PeerSpot reviewer
Cloud Operations Center Analyst at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
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Oct 11, 2022

I would rate this solution as 10 out of 10.

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Chief Cloud Architect
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Jun 28, 2022

I have a partnership with Red Hat. It's clear and simple, and there's plenty of help available. I would rate the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform an eight out of ten.

Venek Otevrel - PeerSpot reviewer
Chief Cloud Architect at T1 Solution
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Top 10
Feb 6, 2022

I would give this solution 10 out of 10. The lesson I've learned is that automation is the way because without automation, it's quite impossible right now to maintain a very large environment, especially in public clouds like AWS or GCP. We're quite unique because we use the public cloud environment together with one product.

DevOps Consultant at a government with 501-1,000 employees
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Sep 13, 2021

It's a great tool. It's easy to use. Do your own research and run a spike to compare Ansible with competitors and simply pick whatever suits you. But a great plus for Ansible is its simplicity. For doing basic things, or things Ansible was designed for, you probably don't need special coding skills. All you likely need to know is how to properly structure a YAML file, and YAML is now a common language across development. However, if you were to do things that are a little bit more advanced in Ansible, Python would be something that you would want to study or be good at. That would help you write custom Ansible modules or provide further input into existing development to improve them or deliver additional bug fixes and features. We spike the open-source version of Ansible Tower, and Tower is not difficult to learn if you have experience with Ansible and with Unix. Deployment of it is relatively easy. We have not found a great use case for it, to be honest. At that time, it was more for compliance and, maybe, a Chrome-job type of product, and we had the orchestration for that already. When it comes to SLAs, I don't think Ansible has created a great change for us. Once you achieve a certain level of automation in an organization, you're probably not going to feel any changes when it comes to SLAs because you have already built that capability. Our SLAs are well maintained and are at a high standard, but I don't feel Ansible has had a huge influence on them because we were mature in that area. But perhaps for some organizations, it would have a significant effect on what they offer. Being able to do more via automation means services are up more than they might have been. We are using other Red Hat solutions in our environment, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Satellite, and we have also used Red Hat Virtualization. All of these products integrate nicely with Ansible. It's mainly because they're fully backed by variations or just pure Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The integration is great. Whatever you can do on Linux, can probably be done on any other Red Hat products that are based on similar technology. There are no limits.

NishantSingh - PeerSpot reviewer
Student at ARTH
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Aug 2, 2021

Ansible Tower has great integration capabilities with enterprises solutions such as OpenShift and many more. I've seen many people integrating OpenShift with Tower, but I have not done it. Before going for automation, one must first know the manual approach to it. After you've applied a manual approach, you can easily understand what type of automation you can do for your environment and infrastructure and how to do the automation. When it is utilized with RHEL, things are very easy to understand. If someone has knowledge of RHEL, then they also have knowledge of Ansible. There is no need to study more about this. While using Ubuntu or different distros, you have to know more about Ansible, your OS-based package managers, and your internal configuration. I'm currently preparing for the Ansible examination. I connect with their products remotely. They have configured every repository that one needs in their licensed products. Subscription will definitely be needed if you want to use it in the industry. If you just want to know about it, a subscription is not required. I would rate Ansible an eight out of 10.

AliceGolakiya - PeerSpot reviewer
Devops Engineer at Infosys Ltd
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Jul 19, 2021

Ansible is an open-source tool, so it can be integrated with any of the cloud services, including AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, very easily. Based on my experience, I would suggest that anyone starting out with Ansible be familiar with SSH commands and Linux administration. That should be more than enough for Ansible beginners.

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Linux Platform System Administrator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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Top 5
Feb 2, 2021

Test the environment because it is easy to use. Once you are proficient with Unix and Linux, it is extremely easy to use it: Setting up the inventory system, YAML files, and SSH keys. I have no complaints about Ansible. I just wish I had more time to really delve into it. I think we not using Ansible to its fullest potential, because of: * Training. * Time. * Not knowing all the options available. I haven't been exposed to Ansible Tower much. I have only tested it out three times. Right now, I am a little rusty on it, so it will take some getting used to again. It is more GUI-based, so it is pretty user-friendly. The biggest lesson learnt: There are multiple ways of doing the same thing. I would rate this solution as a nine (out of 10) because of the configuration management for all our servers in the environment. It can be used within the networking field for all devices, such as Cisco switches. The solution speaks to Windows hosts as well. It just takes time to use all the functionality and get it visible across the organization.

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AliceGolakiya - PeerSpot reviewer
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Janet Staver - PeerSpot reviewer
Tech Blogger
Oct 28, 2021
Red Hat Satellite has proven to be a worthwhile investment for me. Both its patch management and license management have been outstanding. If you have a large environment, patching systems is much more efficient since it requires very little administrative time. Beyond that, Red Hat makes it possible to target deployments, allowing me to zero in on sending out updates to specific groups as needed. While the patch management feature has been the most valuable to me so far, I have found that fixing has also become a favorite feature of mine because I have a lot of hardware, software, and packages which can often be difficult to fix. With Red Hat that is no longer an issue for me. The technical support that I have received up until now has also been outstanding. The only thing that I dislike about Red Hat is that I haven’t seen them do an update in quite some time. I also think they could do a better job of managing subscriptions. One good thing about Ansible is that it is agentless, which is what makes it a convenient solution. I chose not to go with Ansible because Ansible uses a CLI, and I prefer using UIs instead. I also dismissed Ansible because they do not have that many custom modules. While most things can be completed using commands, I don’t want to worry about writing modules if they don’t already provide the ones I need within their library, especially when I need to configure in the cloud. As a matter of fact, even the modules that they actually do have are underdeveloped. And I wasn’t impressed with the performance either. Conclusion Red Hat Satellite was the better product for me because I felt that Anisble had too many features that weren’t sufficient enough to meet my needs and that it had limited options overall.
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