Traditional, manual approaches to network configuration and updates are too slow and error-prone to effectively support the needs of today’s rapidly shifting application and data transfer requirements. Programmable, software-based automation technologies can help your team better support your organization’s digital initiatives.
With network automation, network operations (NetOps) teams can quickly respond to dynamic, ever-changing workload requirements for flexible capacity, application security, load balancing, and multi cloud integrations. They can also implement self-service and on-demand network activities.
INTRODUCING RED HAT ANSIBLE AUTOMATION
With Red Hat® Ansible® Automation, Red Hat brings the community Ansible project to the enterprise, adding the features and functionality needed for team-based automation at scale. Two automation offerings let you choose the capabilities best for your team. Red Hat Ansible Engine gives you support for the Ansible project, so you can automate with confidence. Red Hat Ansible Tower provides an additional management interface, so you can control how automation is deployed, and gain auditable knowledge about automation sources and outcomes.
You can also use Red Hat Ansible Network Automation, a bundled offering tailored for network automation tasks. Read the Network automation for everyone to learn more about Red Hat Ansible Network Automation.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE RED HAT ANSIBLE TOWER?
We recommend you use Red Hat Ansible Tower when you need:
- Centralized control for multiple people to use the same playbooks.
- Application programming interface (API) control of playbooks.
- Integration with remote authentication tools.
- Compliance checking and enhanced logging.
- More than just network automation.
Playbooks are Ansible’s configuration, deployment, and orchestration language. They consist of sets of human-readable instructions called plays that define automation across an inventory of hosts. Each play includes one or more tasks that target one, many, or all hosts in the inventory. Each task calls an Ansible module that performs a specific function like collecting useful information, backing up network files, managing network configurations, or validating connectivity.
PROTECTING SENSITIVE VARIABLES
Best practices are to use additional protection for sensitive variables like passwords.
RED HAT ANSIBLE TOWER
Red Hat Ansible Tower provides credential management for passwords and key information. Using the Credentials page in the Ansible Tower interface, you can grant users and teams the ability to use credentials without exposing the credential to the user.
However, with network automation, network operations teams can quickly respond to dynamic, ever-changing workload requirements for flexible capacity, application security, load balancing, and multi-cloud integrations.
In this white paper, learn how to get started with common network automation tasks using both Red Hat Ansible Engine and Red Hat Ansible Tower.