IT Automation Made Easy, don't get left behind!
February 12, 2021

IT Automation Made Easy, don't get left behind!

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

Initially we started leveraging Ansible for those annoying daily/weekly tasks. Ansible brought a level of comfort and repeatability to those tasks. Then we started leveraging Ansible for Greenfield Switch deployments, then we moved to assisting w/ repeatable firewall rule changes then onto F5 LB/ADC changes; simplifying those tasks too. Then we started to share our success with our management team and they use to form an Ansible Center of Excellence (CoE) then our role shifted to PR within our Enterprise. We started showing other business units how to leverage Ansible, we worked with the Storage Group for repeatable tasks. When we started this effort the storage industry had not adopted Ansible like the Network world had; that has since changed. We also worked w/ the VMware team to help provision new server instances via a more repeatable process. The Linux server team is currently reviewing while the Windows team is still focused on their Microsoft tool base. We are starting to collect data on time saved weekly/monthly thus allowing us to focus on new business requirements. Plenty of more Ansible projects to tackle including IT Security and many others.
  • Cisco Network provisioning
  • F5 ADC provisioning and config changes
  • NetApp Storage config changes
  • VMware provisioning
  • Ansible is the tool to utilize across all your Enterprise IT Silos
  • As with any new tool the ramp up learning time could still be improved for non-programmers
  • PR (AKA Pull Requests) feel cumbersome any way to streamline?
  • More Press Coverage for new features and functions
  • Time back to Admin's by reducing MAC (Moves, Adds and Changes)
  • Less time patching, more time validating and Architecting
  • Less time worrying about Fat Finger events and more focus on other change management issues.
  • Greater details for Auditors...Always a bonus
Ansible is much easier than Puppet, more enterprises are switching from Puppet to Ansible due to ease of use. Ansible has integration modules which allow you to transition from Puppet or Chef to Ansible. IT Automation space has a CAGR of 200%+ what are you doing to not get left behind?

Do you think Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform's feature set?

Yes

Did Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform again?

Yes

HPE OneView, ServiceNow Configuration Management Database (CMDB), PostgreSQL
That is a big task for all the functionality now in Ansible Collections - Ethernet Networking, Fibre Channel Networking, Wireless networking, LB/ADC configuration & changes. Storage config and changes, VMware provisioning and changes, Windows Desktop provision when paired w/ a tool like Zuul, Workflow integration w/ ServiceNow (SNOW), Testing framework such as Molecule really all you to ensure what you have in your playbooks is solid...prior to deployment not when released to your consumers; Critical. Consistent runbooks instead of managing tons of scripts allows for cross-team training and functionality in a true disaster scenario. Additionally, conversion tools from other IT automation offerings Puppet and Chef, integration into Cloud environments. The list grows daily so jump in the water is just right!