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Ansible Tower Medium - standard subscription (1 year) - 1 node

Mfg. Part: MCT3315 | CDW Part: 4022141 | UNSPSC: 43232804
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  • Standard subscription (1 year)
  • 1 node
  • academic
  • Linux
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Standard subscription (1 year)
  • 1 node
  • academic
  • Linux
Your apps have to live somewhere. Whether you're PXE-booting and kickstarting bare-metal servers, creating virtual machines, or deploying public, private, or hybrid cloud instances from templates, Ansible and Ansible Tower help streamline the process.

Technical Specifications
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General
Category: Networking applications
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Network - clustering / high-availability software , Network - monitoring & performance management , Network - system & remote management

Header
Brand: Ansible
Compatibility: Unix
Manufacturer: Red Hat
Model: Medium
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Ansible Tower

Licensing
License Pricing: Academic

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: 1 year

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Service Type: New releases update



Limitation: Severity level 1
Response Time: 1 business hour
Service Availability (Hours a Day): Business hours
Service Type: Phone consulting



Limitation: Severity level 2
Response Time: 4 business hours



Limitation: Severity level 3
Response Time: 1 business day



Limitation: Severity level 4
Response Time: 2 business days



Service Type: Web support

Software
License Category: Maintenance
License Qty: 1 node
License Type: Standard subscription
License Validation Period: 1 year

System Requirements
Platform: Linux

Product Reviews
RED HAT ANSIBLE ACAD PRGM MED E/G is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from There are no agents by default, so adding a new server is a couple lines of configuration Valuable FeaturesThe beauty of Ansible ( /products/ansible ) is the easy ramp-up to get started. You really only need Python and SSH access. Configuration is generally done in YAML, which is easy to understand, and there is a progression from ad hoc tasks, to playbooks, then to roles, which means you can start with one server and continue building up to datacenters worth of servers with the same methodology. Also, shared by most configuration management tools, the idea of creating a desired state scales better than trying to specify procedural steps to set up new hosts. There are no agents by default, so adding a new server is a matter of a couple lines of configuration (on a new server and the configuration master).Improvements to My OrganizationThere is some overhead in setting up the initial playbooks, but it now takes less time to set up 10 servers than it did to configure one in the past. Also, the setup is consistent because there is not the concern that someone forgot to copy/paste a config line or run another command. Whatever is in the playbook gets done.Room for ImprovementBecause Ansible ( /products/ansible ) is establishing SSH sessions to perform tasks, there is a limit on scalability. Speed and the sheer number of open connections start to become issues past a couple hundred servers. There are some workarounds, but that is a key area for improvement. Ansible could also improve support for private package repos, to ensure that new batches of servers are getting the same package versions as earlier batches.Use of SolutionI have been using Ansible for about two years.Scalability IssuesSSH is pretty good, but it was not designed for the access pattern of hundreds of connections out of configuration targets. Other tools solve this with a listening agent process, so the initial connection to configure is much faster.Customer Service and Technical SupportI have not used customer service. Ansible is well established, so there is plenty of documentation, examples, and third-party resources.Previous SolutionsManual configuration and "Golden" templates for virtual machines were used. The former is tricky to maintain consistency with. The latter seemed to require constant updating and it did not help maintain the configuration of already installed servers.Initial SetupInitial setup boils down to installing Ansible and ensuring you have SSH access to a target that is running Python. Standard packaging is available on major Linux distros to install some level of Ansible. I recommend following instructions on Ansible's site to get the latest stable release as they have been improving rapidly.ROINot applicable.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingAlthough Red Hat has an enterprise add-on to manage Ansible through a web application and offers commercial support, I have not used it. Like many Red Hat products, they have a no-cost version of the web application (AWX, formerly Ansible Tower), but you are on your own to install and it is a little more complicated than just installing Ansible. AWX will probably be required in most shops for the RBAC functionality. With AWX, non-admins can be limited to perform some tasks, but not be allowed free reign with Ansible.Other Solutions ConsideredSalt (or SaltStack) is a similar tool, but does have an agent. There are other tools like Chef ( /products/chef ) or Puppet that use languages other than Python. Ansible was chosen based on these characteristics and the others were not evaluated after this initial choice.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review about Ansible Valuable Features:Ansible is a flexible solution that give the possibility to automate day by day process or on-demand request. Ansible like linux and manage it from ssh without agent, but with few setting is possible to use with windows ( wmi call ).More libary are already preset to manage OS, service on premise and on Cloud, inside on the ansible installation package the clear documentation is ansible great featuresIs up to you start with playbook and create more roles for envioremnt automationDisclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-09-26
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