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SIMPLE. POWERFUL. AGENTLESS.

First, server infrastructure. Now, network infrastructure. The same benefits of Ansible for compute nodes is now extended to physical networks, software-defined networks, and cloud-based networks.

Switches, routers, load balancers, firewalls, etc.

You have loads of existing networking gear. Ansible can help. Leverage the existing network CLI commands you know and love to get automating quickly across 45+ networking platforms.

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Top-level controller management

SDN controllers can manage specific networking platforms, but what if you have multiple SDN platforms? Ansible can “manage the managers” and provide top-level automation for many purpose-built software-based controllers.

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Interconnecting hybrid clouds

Moving compute workloads to and from private and public clouds sounds easy, but how do you build out and automate those networks in a repeatable and scalable fashion? Let Ansible handle the details while you focus on your workloads.

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Pull facts

Do you know what you have?

Fact gathering is an extremely powerful activity with Ansible. Pulling information from networks such as software version, interface information (IP, MAC, MTU, etc.) much more can be queried, stored, and used in reports.

Back up configs

Everyone needs to do this.

Let’s face it, having a backup of a configuration for the network device is a critical activity for Network Operators. Ansible makes it easy to pull parts of or an entire configuration from a network device.

Validate configs

Have things changed?

It’s one thing to commit changes to the network, but are you sure it hasn’t changed? Configuration drift happens, especially when networks aren’t 100% automated, and manual network configuration changes still persist.

Ansible Network Automation features

How to scale your network with Ansible Tower

Operationalize automation with Ansible Tower. Ideal for distributed teams with large network inventories. Leverages Ansible Roles and Playbooks under the hood for maximum flexibility and scalability.

  • Execute tasks on schedules (planned or unplanned outage windows)
  • Support for local or LDAP-based Role-based Access Controls
  • TACACS authentication
  • Enhanced logging
  • Support for Workflows, chaining of Playbooks for modular reusability
  • RESTful API for integrating with external applications

How to manage individual network activites with Ansible Roles

“DIY” can be daunting for Network Operators. Leverage a growing list of pre-configured and curated Ansible Roles and Providers to automate specific network tasks. Download supported Roles straight from Ansible Galaxy and “MIY” (Modify It Yourself) instead.


Config Manager Role

The Config Manager Role provides a platform-agnostic approach to managing the active (running) configuration file on a remote network device.


Cloud VPN Role

The Cloud VPN Role is a simplified management of “any-to-any” VPN connectivity for hybrid clouds. Connect between multiple vendors and multiple clouds such as AWS, OpenStack, Azure, Cisco CSR, VyOS, RHEL and more.


Yang Role

The Yang Role standardizes parsing and configuration of Yang models in a platform agnostic way. Schemas can be pulled from select network devices, its JSON configuration validated, the JSON config converted to XML, and then pushed via NETCONF connections.

How to build customized automation with Ansible Playbooks

Extensive developer support for ground-up network automation. Built on the power and stability of Python but without the complexity. Agentless connectivity (Ansible Plugins and Modules) specifically developed for various networking endpoints.


Device connectivity support

Ansible Network Connection Plug-ins (network_cli, netconf, httpapi and others)


Full network platform support

  • Arista EOS (CLI and eAPI)
  • Cisco IOS, IOS XE, IOS XR
  • Cisco NX-OS (CLI and NX-API)
  • Juniper JunOS
  • NETCONF
  • VyOS
  • See all

Certified network platform support

  • Cisco ACI, NSO, UCS
  • F5 Networks BIG-IP, BIG-IQ
  • Infoblox NIOS
  • Nokia SR OS
  • See all

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Featured integrations

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

Arista

Cisco

F5

Infoblox

Juniper Networks

Paloalto Networks

For enterprise-class networks:

Operationalize network automation with Red Hat Ansible Tower

Red Hat Ansible Tower is an enterprise framework for controlling, securing and managing your Ansible automation with a UI and RESTful API.

Ansible Tower builds on the underlying Ansible automation engine by adding control, access, security, auditing, and delegation capabilities required in the enterprise.

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Automation for network infrastructure

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Why Ansible for Network Automation

Manage your network infrastructure using Ansible throughout the entire production life cycle

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Community powered 640+ network modules

Network automation isn’t about getting ahead, it’s about keeping up.

Lori MacVittie,
F5 Networks

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