Ansible Tower

Ansible Tower
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Written by Nilima PaulJanuary 23, 2022
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In this blog post, we will discuss Ansible Tower.

Introduction to Ansible Tower

Ansible Tower is a venture answer for Ansible by RedHat. It has a web control center and rests API to work Ansible across our group, association, and venture. It likewise gives job-based admittance control, work planning, coordinated notice, and graphical stock administration. It is a concentrated center for all our mechanization errands. It very well may be handily incorporated with outsider apparatuses and cycles utilizing the REST API and CLI.

Why Do We Need Tower in Ansible?

It turns out to be undeniably challenging to deal with an enormous foundation. Some various clients and gatherings need various degrees of admittance to utilize Ansible. Additionally, we need to incorporate these devices with other outsider devices to work the IT foundation according to characterized norms like the combination with SCM instruments for Ansible playbook, mix with tagging devices to make tickets assuming any assignments fizzle, or inform the client over the mail or utilizing informing applications, and so forth We additionally need a review trail for legitimate following of who ran what work and when. Also, another significant thing is item support. These highlights are not accessible in Ansible and must be accomplished by Ansible Tower.

Features of Tower in Ansible

1. Ansible Dashboard

We get an Ansible Dashboard when we log in to the Ansible Tower web console. Ansible Dashboard gives a graphical perspective on work status, brief with regards to ongoing position runs and formats. It likewise shows no. of hosts, bombed has, inventories, projects, and so forth We can change the work status set according to our necessities too.

2. Workflow Editor

Ansible Tower provides a workflow editor that helps us to connect multiple playbooks, updates, and workflows even they run as a different user or they use different inventories or use different credentials. We can create dependencies such as running a playbook depending upon the success or failure of other playbooks. We can easily chain different playbooks created and maintained by different teams to set up a base system configuration and deploy an application.

3. Tower Clustering

We must have more than one Ansible Tower to achieve high availability and better performance. We can create an Ansible Tower cluster by adding multiple Ansible Tower nodes to it. We can easily scale our Ansible automation as per requirement and it also allows us to reserve capacity for teams, jobs, and remote execution for access across the enterprise. Ansible Automation architecture supports up to 200k nodes with 20 cluster nodes.

4. Real-Time Analysis

It provides a real-time update about the completion of Ansible plays and tasks, success, and failure of each host. We can see the status of our automation and which is going to run next. We can also see the status of source control updates or client inventory refreshes.

5. Audit Trail

In an association, it is generally essential to follow a log of changes made to an application so that assuming something terrible happens to the application we can actually take a look at the logs and right the progressions committed by error. Ansible Tower logs every one of the insights concerning any progressions made to the Ansible, for example, who has rolled out the improvements, what are the progressions have been applied to a task, or when it occurred. Ansible Tower monitors every one of the progressions made to Ansible Tower itself, for example, work creation subtleties, stock changes, and so on We can see this review trail in Activity Stream in Ansible Tower web console. It very well may be additionally incorporated with the current logging application utilized in the association to play out a superior examination of mechanization and occasion relationship to create ticker in any ITSM device.

6. Job Scheduling

We can plan responsibilities to run a playbook, update the cloud stock just as source control at a particular time, every day, week after week utilizing Ansible Tower, Ansible doesn't have this capacity. We can likewise set a recurrence of the planned positions. We can incorporate it with a constant conveyance pipeline too.

7. Self-Service

Ansible Tower offers self-support ability also for instance we can appoint read-just admittance to L1 clients to watch out for Ansible Dashboards or run straightforward positions like adding new clients, gatherings, changing the secret word, and so forth It likewise permits us to designate control to Developers and QA clients to arrange their current circumstance for improvement and testing and run their occupations with practically no mediation of Ansible Administrator.

8. Notification Integration

We can coordinate Ansible Tower with email, informing applications like Slack, HipChat, and so on, SMS, PagerDuty, and more to tell clients or groups about the achievement or disappointment of the positions. We can likewise coordinate Ansible devices to send a warning to a custom webhook to trigger different devices in our foundation, for instance, assuming that any positions bomb it will send a notice to any ITSM apparatus to make an episode of the big disappointment.

9. REST API and CLI Tool

We can undoubtedly collaborate with Ansible Tower utilizing the REST API. It serves to effectively incorporate it with other outsider instruments that help REST API. To incorporate it with any order instruments that are conceivable utilizing Ansible Tower's CLI device.

10. Management and Tracking of our Inventory

We can deal with our whole foundation stock utilizing Ansible Tower whether it is facilitated on any Public Cloud stage like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, GCP, and so on or facilitated on our private cloud like OpenStack, VMware climate. It constantly continues to synchronize our cloud stock and we can likewise demand design on request.

11. Execute Commands Remotely

We can run assignments straightforwardly from Ansible Tower utilizing Run Command include on any host or gathering of hosts in our stock. It is equivalent to running Ad-hoc order in Ansible.

Conclusion

Ansible Tower is an extraordinary instrument for arrangement the executives and robotization for a medium to the huge association. Ansible Tower comes in Standard and Premium releases. Both are practically something very similar and have just a single contrast which is we get just 8*5 Enterprise Support in Standard Edition though we get 24*7 Premium help in Premium Edition. We can likewise get a free preliminary of Ansible Tower however it just backings 50 hubs.

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