Cloud computing is the new normal and many businesses have embraced digital transformation to adapt to rapidly changing markets. At the heart of digital transformation is operational efficiency, speed and lowering the cost and risk of change. DevOps teams are expected to stand up applications quickly and at high frequency. Networking infrastructure teams are challenged to rapidly evolve infrastructure while improving reliability, security and the cost of management. In some cases, the network infrastructure has even become the bottleneck to efficient operations as it is complex and difficult to provision. Implementing and maintaining network configurations in a hybrid cloud environment has added to the challenge.
Network automation helps operations teams automate routing and repetitive tasks such as device configuration. Network automation also lowers the risk of change by reducing the chance of human errors. Infrastructure teams, especially those with a DevOps mindset, have adopted open source automation frameworks like Ansible to reap the benefits of automation. It is helping them focus on the business requirements while speeding up the implementation of their design at low cost and low risk.
Citrix NetScaler is a leader in application delivery in a cloud-first world. Likewise, Ansible is a leader in delivering simple IT automation that ends repetitive tasks and frees up teams for more strategic work. Citrix and Ansible have come together to provide NetScaler users a simple way to automate and orchestrate the management of physical, virtual and containerized NetScaler appliances. This integration is done using NetScaler’s REST API (called NITRO) and is organized into modules. These modules provide comprehensive support on all NetScaler platforms and can automate most NetScaler configuration tasks.
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The Ansible and NetScaler integration provides many benefits: