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