Gain Control of your infrastructure with Ansible Tower

By 15 August 2017Blog

Gain-Control-of-your-infrastructure-with-Ansible-TowerIT is driving innovation. If you can’t deliver software fast, your organisation can’t compete in this fast paced environment.

Toby Peacock, Business Strategy and Solutions Manager digs into the benefits Ansible Tower provides to a business’s IT infrastructure. 

One of the biggest barriers to innovation is complexity. That’s why many organisations are looking to automation solutions and DevOps tools to orchestrate manually intensive and repetitive business IT processes. By using Ansible as an open source automation tool, organisations are deploying apps faster, managing systems more efficiently and crushing complexity.

If you’re already a user, you’ll know this because every day you can benefit from Ansible’s simple, powerful and agentless automation.

Deploying software has become fun again because Ansible loves the repetitive work that people hate. It doesn’t require special coding skills, thereby removing some of the most significant barriers to automation across IT and gives you the one thing you can’t get enough of — time.

Automation for everyone is great, but with extensibility comes challenges, particularly for team-based use.

In smaller team environments where everyone is well versed on Ansible, maintaining control over your infrastructure and adhering to best practices regarding playbooks, security and delegation are manageable. But many organisations have team-based usage needs that stretch beyond Ansible’s command line interface (CLI) and beyond automation from individuals machines.

Specifically, organisations need:

  • Control: Allows delegation of authority to different users or teams and can lock down access for particular projects or resources.
  • Visibility: Administrators want a real-time view of what Ansible is up to at any time, such as job status updates, playbook runs, as well as what’s working or not in their Ansible environment.
  • Inventory: A better way to manage and track their entire inventory, even across complex, hybrid virtualised and cloud environments.
  • System Tracking: Verifies that machines are in compliance and configured exactly as they should be.
  • Enterprise Integration: Integrates Ansible into an existing environment and enterprise tool set.
  • Self-Service IT: Provides the flexibility to free up time and delegate automation jobs to others.

Ansible Tower provides these missing Ansible capabilities. Tower is an enterprise framework for controlling, securing and managing your Ansible automation with a UI and RESTful API. Tower is the best way to run Ansible in your organisation because it layers control, knowledge and delegation on top of Ansible’s simple and powerful automation engine.

Recently, Avocado worked with one of the largest financial organisation in Australia. After diagnosing and understanding all the infrastructure control challenges, Avocado coordinated the deployment of multiple virtual environments, subsequent configuration management and centralised inventory management of all the systems moving forward. This brought the overall environment provisioning process down from days to minutes and consolidated the previously disjointed provisioning process.

Avocado helps organisations deploy automation to address specific business and operational needs. Our solutions enable repeatable use of existing IT best practices and processes that give you control over your systems and assets.

Contact Avocado on hello@avocado.com.au and book a 1 hour FREE consultation to discuss your business’s automation needs.

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