Apr 12, 2017

Ansible Automation Integrates with Apstra Intent-Based Networking

Ansible Automation Integrates with Apstra Intent-Based NetworkingThings are moving quickly here at Apstra. We have so many cool things to announce in the next few months, and today we get to share a little bit about our integration work with Ansible 2.3. This update will be short, because we feel this integration effort deserves it’s own webinar. Andrius Benokraitis from Ansible and Damien Garros from Apstra will take webinar participants on a detailed walk-through of the work they’ve done. So definitely sign up and put it on your calendars!


What is Ansible?

Ansible is an automation engine for the provisioning of cloud and on-site services, configuration management, application deployment and more. Check out their website here, and this overview here.

What does the the Apstra Operating System (AOS®) do?

AOS enables you to automate your data center network operations end-to-end, delivering on the vision of a Self-Operating Network. You can describe the network service you want and let AOS allow the network to configure itself, fix itself, and document itself for you. This is called “Intent-based” networking. AOS will drive configuration in the network using any name brand and open networking devices of your choice, collect and stream telemetry, and continuously run millions of validation tests to ensure that the network is operating in a state consistent with your intent. Effectively, your network can configure itself, document itself, comply itself, fix itself, and defend itself.

To find out more about AOS, check out out some of the blog posts, videos, and past webinars listed in the Related Links on the right.

Ansible and AOS Together

Using the integration we’ve done with Ansible, you can drive AOS APIs through your Ansible playbooks, thus integrating AOS as part of your over-arching DevOps methodology — spanning beyond the network and into other components into your infrastructure. And, by using AOS as the source of inventory, network inventory management and troubleshooting tasks become easier — because your service intent, network resources, configurations, device inventory, and telemetry are centrally stored and correlated algorithmically in one place.

The results: Manage your networks at the “network system” level, integrating network level workflows in AOS into your Ansible playbooks.

There’s so much more to talk about, but it’s better to see it and hear about it in a webinar than read about it in a blog, right?

So whether you’re a DevOps guru or a network sorcerer, find out how you can leverage the unique power of AOS accessed through Ansible.