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Shawn Powers
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Ansible FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

What is Ansible and what does it do?

Ansible is an open-source automation tool. Ansible is a powerful network engineering tool that simplifies software provisioning, configuration management and application deployment. With Ansible, you can automate repetitive tasks like setting up servers and managing infrastructure – all with a simple, declarative YAML syntax. Since Ansible operates over SSH, it doesn't require additional software on managed nodes. It's also scalable and easy to use, making it a popular network automation tool.

What is the difference between Kubernetes and Ansible?

The key difference between Kubernetes and Ansible lies in specialization vs versatility. Kubernetes is a container orchestration platform, while Ansible is a configuration management tool. Kubernetes automates the deployment, scaling and management of applications which are already containerized – its focus is on managing container clusters. Meanwhile Ansible automates the setup and management of IT infrastructure, including servers, networks and applications. They're also not exclusive technologies and are often used together.

What is the difference between Terraform and Ansible?

The biggest difference between Terraform and Ansible is the scope of each tool. Terraform is an Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tool, and Ansible is a holistic network configuration management tool. Terraform's strength lies in provisioning and managing cloud resources by defining them with declarative configuration files. These files help maintain an entire infrastructure across cloud providers. Ansible can be used to manage broader aspects of IT infrastructure and application deployment.

Who should take this course on Ansible?

Systems administrators, network engineers, and DevOps professionals are the most obvious candidates for this course on using Ansible. If you're a sysad and you'd like to free up your time, Ansible can automate repetitive and tedious configuration management tasks. DevOps professionals can deploy apps more efficiently and quickly with Ansible. Even app and backend developers can improve their job prospects by learning how Ansible manages infrastructure automation and deployment processes.

Is this Ansible training associated with any certifications?

Knowing how to use Ansible is valuable for network admins, systems administrators and DevOps professionals. This course on Ansible could help you on your way to earning many different certifications, but this is a skills-based course. Take this course if you need hands-on familiarity with using Ansible in many different settings and network environments, but it's more focused on transferable skills rather than any one certification or test.
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