What is Ansible?

What is Ansible?

With the exponential growth of IT industries around the globe, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to manually keep track of all development tasks. Automation adds efficiency to your company allowing your developers to concentrate their efforts where it matters the most.

What is Ansible?

Ansible is an automation tool created for the sole purpose of handling redundant that would otherwise slow down your development cycle. The automation tool is used in IT services such as application deployment, management, provisioning, and inter service orchestration. In times of quickly scaling IT industries and their ever-increasing complexity of work, Ansible is like Moses created to shepherd the hapless sheep of through the valley of IT development.

Ansible offers the following advantages:

·        Since Ansible is an open-source tool, it’s completely free.
·        Its powerful infrastructure allows you to carve out highly complex workflows with relative ease.
·        You don’t need hacker level coding experience to use Ansible playbooks. They are easy to learn and relatively easier to operate.
·        It's flexible in its use, letting you customize it from anywhere you want.
·        You don’t have to install any extra software which gives you all the room you want for your application and other resources on the server.
·        You don’t need any management structure, no firewalls, client systems, or anything else. Ansible handles everything there is to the automation process.

Features of Ansible:

·        Application Deployment

Ansible paves the way for quick and easy deployment of multitier apps, no custom code required. You don’t have to write a code for every system. Just write a playbook and run it every time you want Ansible to achieve similar results. It will figure out how to get the desired result from your system and it does so by communicating with remote hosts with the help of an SSH(Secure Socket Shell).

·        Security details

Long gone are the days when you had to manually monitor the security detail across all your machines. With Ansible, you just run a playbook and all your remote hosts will be updated with the new security patch.

·        Orchestration

There are a lot of stages to application development and Ansible is able to handle them single-handedly. For instance, while developing an app you need to manage databases, storage, network, instances and so on. Ansible employs automated workflows with the help of playbooks. After inscribing your desired infrastructure in a playbook, simply run it and the whole process will be automated. You can also use the same pipeline wherever you want(inside Ansible) since it is already predefined as a playbook.

·        Ansible architecture

This includes other peripherals such as modules, plugins, and inventories. However, the most important of them all is Playbooks. They are written YAML and act as instruction manuals for specific automated tasks.

However, the one thing that’s truly unique about Ansible is the Playbooks. You can design tasks according to your desired tasks without the need for complicated syntaxes and commands.

Each playbook comprises multiple plays each mapping a group of hosts to various roles represented by tasks you want to run on your application.

Ansible is a very efficient way of optimizing your online cloud computing space. It's free, powerful easy to use and offers custom builds letting you do accomplish tasks that would take otherwise hours to complete.



My Name is Ankur Jain and I am currently working as Automation Test Architect.I am ISTQB Certified Test Manager,Certified UI Path RPA Developer as well as Certified Scrum Master with total 12 years of working experience with lot of big banking clients around the globe.I love to Design Automation Testing Frameworks with Selenium,Appium,Protractor,Cucumber,Rest-Assured, Katalon Studio and currently exploring lot in Dev-OPS as well. I am currently staying in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Please Connect with me through Contact Us page of this website.

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