IT management across multiple operating systems can be a serious time investment. The world of Linux has delivered many automation tools to users who grew their resumes on OS experience in Unix. One well-regarded IT management tool includes Solaris in its lineup of supported systems.
Ansible is a Red Hat product. Red Hat Ansible Automation is “an enterprise automation platform trusted by over 1,500 customers across multiple verticals and geographies,” goes the webpage about the tool. “It’s backed by one of the top ten open source communities worldwide.”
On the /home/liquidat website, an article recaps how Ansible has become a useful tool for Solaris 10 and 11 operations. Ansible Galaxy supports Solaris. Red Hat offers a free trial of the Ansible tool.
Ansible manages multiple servers. In addition to common Linux distros, it features support for BSD variants, Solaris and Windows. The central hub to share Ansible roles, Ansible Galaxy, was missing Solaris support at first, but Red Hat has added it. The advantage of using cross-OS management is obvious. One dashboard to rule them all is always a good play.
Ansible works with Playbooks. Inside Playbooks are roles for provisioning infrastructure, deploying applications, and other IT datacenter operations. Administration is easier with tools like these. Support from independent vendors for Solaris is a good sign of the continued health of the OS.
Playbooks sit at the heart of the Ansible management toolset. There’s a fine summary of the concept at the Ansible website.
The vendor says that Playbooks are “the basis for a simple configuration management and multi-machine deployment system. They are unlike any tool that already exists and are very well suited to deploying complex applications.”
Playbooks can declare configurations, but can also orchestrate steps of any manual ordered process. Different steps can bounce back and forth between sets of machines in particular orders. They can launch tasks synchronously or asynchronously.