Ansible Implementation and Deployment

Ansible is an open-source automation tool known for its simplicity and flexibility. It enables organizations to automate manual and time-consuming tasks across their IT infrastructure, from configuration management to application deployment and beyond. PDCloudEx leverages Ansible’s capabilities to deliver tailored automation services that empower businesses to work smarter, not harder.

Ansible Features

What is Ansible?

  • Ansible is an open-source configuration management and provisioning tool, similar to Chef, Puppet, or Salt.
  • It uses SSH to connect to servers and run the configured Tasks. Ansible lets you control and configure nodes from a single machine.
  • What makes it different from other management software is that Ansible uses SSH infrastructure. The project was founded in 2013 and bought by Red Hat in 2015. 

Why Ansible?

  • No Agent – As long as the box can be ssh’d into and it has python, it can be configured with Ansible.
  • Idempotent – Ansible’s entire architecture is structured around the concept of idempotency. The core idea here is that you do only necessary tasks and they are repeatable without side effects.
  • Declarative Not Procedural – Ansible works by you writing a description of the state of the machine that you want and then it takes steps to fulfill that description.
  • Tiny Learning Curve – Ansible is quite easy to learn. It doesn’t require any extra knowledge.

Ansible Use Cases

  • Provisioning
  • Configuration Management
  • App Deployment
  • Continuous Delivery
  • Security & Compliance
  • Orchestration

Configuration Management with Ansible

  • Ansible is the simplest solution for configuring the nodes. It’s designed to be minimal in nature, consistent, secure, and highly reliable. Any developer, tester, or IT manager can easily configure nodes. Any IT person can write playbooks easily.
  • Ansible configurations are simple data descriptions of your infrastructure (human-readable) ensuring everyone on your team will be able to understand the meaning of each configuration task.
  • Ansible requires nothing more than a password or SSH key in order to start managing systems and you can start managing them without installing any agent software.

PDCloudEx Advantages

Ansible Consulting

PDCloudEx provides Professional Services and Consulting for Ansible around monitoring IT infrastructure automation including the following:
  • Consulting on the adoption of Ansible
  • In-Depth Analysis of your Automation requirements and scope study
  • Architecture Design and Hardware Sizing Guidelines
  • Solution Design Document that can be handed over to engineers for implementation
  • Roadmap on the evolution of Ansible at your organization

Ansible Implementation and Deployment

PDCloudEx implements Ansible based automation solutions keeping in mind the business requirements. Implementation includes the following:
  • Ansible installation and setup
  • Configuration Management using Ansible
  • Deployment using Ansible
  • Discovery using Ansible
  • Designing and Developing new playbooks in Ansible
  • Test and UAT sign off after consultation with the customer
  • Reports and Charts as per Customer requirements
  • Training to operators and administrators managing Ansible installation
  • Documentation for future reference

Ansible Customization

PDCloudEx can customize your Ansible installation so that it is a better fit for your business environment.
  • Adding new workflows and configuration playbooks in Ansible
  • Adding components to Ansible core functionality

Third-Party Integration

PDCloudEx can integrate OpenNMS with other third-party tools to meet several business use cases.
  • Ticketing systems such as IBM Netcool, BMC Remedy, Zendesk, and ((OTRS)) Community Edition
  • Network Management and Orchestrator tools such as HP NNM and Spiceworks
  • Monitoring tools such as OpenNMS, Zabbix, Nagios and Prometheus
  • ERP tools such as SAP, OpenERP, and Oracle
  • ITSM Tools such as ((OTRS) Community Edition and GLPi Network Edition
  • Visualization Tools such as Grafana, Graphite, Cacti

24x7 AMC Support Services

PDCloudEx excels in integrating Grafana with a variety of third-party tools to meet diverse business use cases. Our expertise extends to integrating Grafana with:
  • Monitoring tools such as Prometheus, Zabbix, Nagios, and OpenNMS.
  • Network Management and Orchestrator tools like HP NNM and Spiceworks.
  • ITSM Tools including Service Now, HPSM, OTRS, GLPI, and other open-source ticketing systems.
  • Databases such as Oracle, MS SQL, MySQL, MongoDB, and PostgreSQL.

24x7 AMC Support Services

PDCloudEx offers 24×7 support services on an AMC or per hour basis for new or existing installations on Ansible. Our team of experts are available round the clock and respond to you within a predefined SLA.

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