Top Posts of 2015

December 28, 2015 by Dan London

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As an eventful 2015 draws to a close we wanted to take a look back at the top posts of 2015.

Red Hat Acquires Ansible, The Open Source It Automation Company.

The title should come as no surprise, as many have predicted such an acquisition in the past. The similar open source ideologies, the technology fit, the executive team's open source background and the rapid adoption of Ansible in the enterprise certainly draw parallels to the world's leader in open source technology.

What was once a prediction is now reality, in just a little more than two years since Ansible, Inc., opened its doors, and we are thrilled! READ MORE

Managing VMware vSphere Guests With Ansible Tower

There are lots of ways to enable self-service VMs within an organisation - what some might call 'a private cloud'. However, these usually require layers and layers of complex software. What if you could leverage your existing hypervisor and 15 lines of code to do the same? And what if those 15 lines became an even simpler single click?

Ansible Core contains a module for managing virtual machines in VMware vSphere environments called vsphere_guest. Using this one module we can talk to an existing vSphere instance to create new VMs, clone VM templates, and control and delete VMs. Couple up a simple playbook with Ansible Tower and we can do some pretty amazing things with very little effort. READ MORE

Ansible and Containers: Why And How

Everyone loves the promise of containers.  

More specifically: everyone loves the promise of a world where they can build an application on their laptop, and have that application run exactly the same way in every environment -- from their laptop all the way to production, and at every step in between.

That's still a holy grail, though.  In the meantime, people seem to be looking for practical ways to get all of the advantages of containers -- consistency, lightweight environments, application segregation, and so on -- while still maintaining the flexibility required to work with the many environments that are not amenable to containerization. READ MORE

6 Things You (Maybe) Don't Know About Ansible

1. Ansible Can Be Used to Manage More Than Servers

Most Ansible playbooks are used to configure and manage servers. Web servers, database servers, and so on. But anything with an SSH interface or an API can be managed with Ansible, too. For example we have modules to talk to cloud platforms, Citrix NetScaler and F5 load balancers, and other networking equipment. These modules are really helpful for tasks like multi-server rolling upgrades or other complicated orchestration tasks that need coordination with your broader networking environment.

You can also implement custom connection plugins for those really weird or legacy devices. There are a number of lesser-known ones shipped with Ansible, including methods to “connect to” a chroot environment and LXC containers. (Kermit connection plugin, anyone?) See the Full List

Ansible Tower Now Available With Vagrant

We’re always interested in making things simpler for our users, and this extends to deploying and trying Tower as well. That’s why we’ve decided to make Tower available for use with Vagrant - what’s simpler than that? Learn How to Get Started

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Dan London

Dan has been a featured Speaker at Google AdWords Client Forum and at numerous search marketing and social media events on the East Coast including the 2011 Kenan-Flagler Business Symposium at the University of North Carolina, Internet Summit, Business Journal Social Media Madness Launch Event and Triangle Entrepreneurship Week. You can find him on twitter at @danlondon.


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