Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about Ansible?

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What do you like most about Ansible?

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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 like the agentless feature. This means we don't install any agent in worker nodes.

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Chief Cloud Architect
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Top 20
Jun 28, 2022

There are new modules available, which help to simplify the workflow. That is what we like about it.

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

One of the most valuable features is automation. We are doing automation infrastructure, which allows us to automate regular tasks. This solution provides us with a service catalog, like building new services and automating daily tasks.

DevOps Consultant at a government with 501-1,000 employees
Top 20
Sep 13, 2021

Being a game-changer in configuration management software is what has made Ansible so popular and widespread. Much of IT is based on SSH direct connectivity with a need for running infrastructure in an agentless way, and that has been a big plus. SSH has become a great security standard for managing servers. The whole thing has really become an out-of-the-box solution for managing a Unix estate.

NishantSingh - PeerSpot reviewer
Student at ARTH
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Aug 2, 2021

Ansible is agentless. So, we don't need to set up any agent into the computer we are interacting with. The only prerequisite is that the host with which we are going to interact must have the Python interpreter installed on it. We can connect to a host and do our configuration by using Ansible.

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

One of the most valuable features is that Ansible is agentless. It does not have dependencies, other than Python, which is very generic in terms of dependencies for all systems and for any environment. Being agentless, Ansible is very convenient for everything.

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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

It has improved our organization through provisioning and security hardening. When we do get a new VM, we have been able to bring on a provisioned machine in less than a day. This morning alone, I provisioned two machines within an hour. I am talking about hardening, installing antivirus software on it, and creating user accounts because the Playbooks were predesigned. From the time we got the servers to the actual hand-off, it takes less than an hour. We are talking about having the servers actually authenticate Red Hat Satellites and run the yum updates. All of that can be done within an hour.

Faycal Noushi - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO/Founder at Zen Networks
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Jun 17, 2020

Ansible provides great reliability when coupled with a versioning system (git). It helps providing predictability to the network by knowing exactly what's being pushed after validating it in production.

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AliceGolakiya - PeerSpot reviewer
Devops Engineer at Infosys Ltd
Feb 4, 2022
Hello community, I work as a DevOps Engineer at a Tech Services Company. Currently, I'm comparing Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform with HashiCorp Terraform. Both are Infrastructure as Code (IaC) platforms. Which one would you choose and why? Please specify the pros/cons, if possible. I appreciate the help!
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Evgeny Belenky - PeerSpot reviewer
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Feb 4, 2022
Hi @reviewer1453662, @Faycal Noushi, @reviewer1668990, @Chendrayan Venkatesan, @ArpanBalpande and @seniorde768309, Can you please assist @AliceGolakiya ​with their question?
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Oct 28, 2021
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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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