Itential Ansible Manager

Supercharge Ansible for Network Automation

 

Take Your Ansible Deployments to the Next Level

Itential Ansible Manager is a robust, standalone application that accelerates and simplifies the use of Ansible for Network Automation, by providing a set of standardized APIs as a front-end to Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles.  Ansible Manager’s powerful features enable you to take your Ansible deployments to the next level, drive adoption, and maximize your investment in Ansible.

With Ansible Manager you can:

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Centralize & Consolidate Management of Ansible Artifacts for all your Ansible Deployments

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Dynamically Discover Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles

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Federate & Decorate Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles

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Leverage pre-built Itential Ansible Modules for Network Automation on Github

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Utilize a next-generation Network Inventory Engine built on a Real-Time Federated Data Model

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Integrate with Itential’s Network Automation Platform to Build Network Intelligent Workflows

Features & Functionalities

Ansible a very popular automation solution in the IT domain, but it has typically not been leveraged for network specific tasks. Red Hat has made tremendous progress in the recent months on expanding Ansible’s capabilities into the network, and Ansible Manager further enhances the value of Ansible with the following features and functionalities.

VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF ANSIBLE ARTIFACTS

Ansible Manager provides a consolidated visual representation of Ansible Playbooks, Modules, Roles, and Devices from across all Ansible deployments in your organization, via an intuitive user interface.

CENTRALIZED MANAGEMENT OF ANSIBLE PLAYBOOKS, MODULES, AND ROLES

Users can manage all Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles from distributed Ansible deployments in your organization from a single location. Users can now leverage Ansible artifacts that they didn’t have access to before.

DYNAMICALLY DISCOVER ANSIBLE PLAYBOOKS, MODULES, AND ROLES

Ansible Manager dynamically discovers Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles in your environment, making them available for use via APIs. Any changes made to these artifacts by users are reflected in the artifacts dynamically as well. Ansible Manager also enables users to try out the APIs in an interactive manner before executing them. These Playbooks, Modules, and Roles can also be used to build network intelligent workflows within Itential’s Network Automation Platform.

FEDERATE AND DECORATE ANSIBLE PLAYBOOKS, MODULES AND ROLES

Ansible users can enhance their Playbooks, Modules, and Roles for easier consumption of both certified and custom developed Ansible artifacts. Dynamic federation ensures consistent data accuracy.

With decoration users have the flexibility to write/edit JSON schemas to modify metadata such as input parameters, descriptions, or types. Users can also rollback any changes made to the JSON properties of a Playbook, Module, Role, or device by resetting the schema to its original property settings.

ITENTIAL MODULES FOR ANSIBLE

Itential’s pre-built Ansible modules can be easily called from playbooks. Click here to view the list of Itential Ansible Modules.

NEXT-GENERATION NETWORK INVENTORY ENGINE

Ansible Manager creates and manages a next-generation network inventory engine that is always up-to-date and leverages a real-time federated data model.

See Ansible Manager in Action

In this demo video, explore how Itential Ansible Manager provides simple APIs in order to unify operational & network processes to create automated, repeatable procedures. 

Enhance Network Automation with Ansible Manager

  • Close the Skills Gap Between IT and Network Operations
    Apply DevOps to NetOps by visually representing Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles for use via standardized APIs, and abstracting information of artifacts and the complexity of scripting and YAML. This enables Network engineers to do their jobs without having an application development background.
  • Enhance Collaboration and Productivity
    Centralized management of Ansible artifacts consolidated from across the organization’s distributed Ansible deployments, breaks down the barriers between different silos within an organization. Users can now leverage Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles that they did not have access to before.
  • Increase Speed and Efficiency
    Dynamic discovery, federation and simplified decoration of Ansible artifacts, ensures data accuracy, improved quality, and faster deployment times with lower risk of errors.
  • Streamline Processes
    Leverage an API first approach by unifying and streamlining operational processes across multiple systems and departments across an organization.
  • Leverage Existing Investments
    Maximize your Ansible investment by integrating with Itential’s Platform, which can leverage Ansible Playbooks, Modules, and Roles from Ansible Manager to build network intelligent workflows for use cases across multiple domains.

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