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INTEGRATION:

Network Automation with Ansible

Networks are integral parts of IT enterprises, yet true automation of the network stack is nearly non-existent. When organizations are automating networks, they’re using proprietary vendor-specific tooling that requires significant training to use.

Long, detailed, and complex Methods of Procedure (MOPs) have to be manually managed, and often result in delays and reduced organizational agility. The result has been that networking teams are increasingly isolated from the emerging DevOps revolution, which can slow process modernization efforts because of the manual tasks required to manage networks.

Today’s network operations teams typically do everything manually, and need automation to provide:

  • Configuration automation of the network stack from system to access to core services
  • Test and validate existing network state
  • Continuous compliance to check for network configuration drift

 

Automating your network with Ansible is easy

Ansible’s simple automation framework means that previously isolated network administrators can finally speak the same language of automation as the rest of the IT organization, extending the capabilities of Ansible to include native support for both legacy and open network infrastructure devices. Network devices and systems can now be included in an organization's overall strategy for including a holistic approach to application workload management.

With Ansible, your network teams will:

  • Use the same simple, powerful, and agentless automation framework IT operations and development are already using
  • Use a data model (a playbook or role) that’s separate from the execution layer (Ansible automation engine) that easily spans heterogeneous network hardware
  • Benefit from a wide variety of community and vendor-generated playbook and role content to help accelerate network automation projects

 

Network Automation with Ansible Tower

Ansible Tower by Red Hat is a commercial offering that helps teams manage complex network deployments by adding control, knowledge and delegation to Ansible-powered environments. Simply put, Tower is the best way for teams to run Ansible.

Every team in your organization will benefit from Tower. For Network teams, Tower enables:

  • Security: Store Network Credentials
  • Delegation: Using Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Power: Leverage the Ansible Tower API
  • Control: Schedule Jobs for Automated Playbook Runs
  • Flexibility: Launch Job Templates Using Surveys
  • Integrations: Leverage Tower Integrations like Version Control
  • Compliance: Run Jobs in Check Mode for Audits

Get Started

Download the latest Ansible network release with the most up-to-date version of the networking modules.

Download the latest free trial of Ansible Tower.

Explore list of network modules in Ansible Docs.

Contact us for a network automation demo.

NETWORK INTEGRATIONS

Ansible includes dozens of modules to support a wide variety of network device vendors, including:

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