ANT Attends AnsibleFest in Brooklyn
ANT attended the recent AnsibleFest in Brooklyn.
Ansible is a leading configuration automation tool kit that is oftentimes compared to Chef, Puppet and SaltStack. Two major aspects of Ansible that we as network engineers find attractive are: (1) Ansible is agentless and (2) Ansible is easy to learn and use. After reviewing a few sample YAML-based playbooks, it is easy for a network engineer to become productive with using Ansible.
To directly quote Ansible from their own web-site:
“Ansible seamlessly unites workflow orchestration with configuration management, provisioning, and application deployment in one easy-to-use and deploy platform.
Regardless of where you start with Ansible, you’ll find our simple, powerful and agentless automation platform has the capabilities to solve your most challenging problems.”
Since Ansible arrived on the scene in 2012, it has been used primarily for automating server-based tasks. However, at this AnsibleFest in Brooklyn, Ansible announced that it is of strategic importance to make Ansible the premier automation tool for network engineers.
To emphasize this goal, Ansible had a special “Networking Hub” at AnsibleFest Brooklyn featuring the following vendors: Arista, the white-box vendor Cumulus and Juniper.
While Cisco was not present as an official vendor, several Cisco CCIE’s were in attendance of AnsibleFest Brooklyn. Clearly, Ansible has the ability to support multiple vendors in the networking space. Check out the ever expanding list of network modules already created for Ansible. This list continues to grow! Also, make note that by far the largest set of Ansible network modules is for the Cisco NEXUS switch.
Finally, there is a good amount of Ansible coverage in Module IV of the new Cisco NPDESI course due out at the end of this year.
In conclusion, it is highly recommended that all network engineers check out Ansible at: https://www.ansible.com/