Ansible is an open-source automation tool that can automate tasks, like:

  • configuration management, 
  • cloud provisioning
  • application deployments, and 
  • Other IT requirements. 

It is a powerful and effective tool that streamlines even the most complex IT operations while enhancing and improving their overall reliability, stability, and consistency in IT environments. Although the software is free to download and use, it is proprietarily owned and managed by Red Hat, Inc.

Points to Remember

  • Ansible is an agentless automation engine, which means it does not require the installation of additional software on remote hosts or setup of a client-server environment. Instead, it is connected by using SSH (Secure Socket Shell).
  • The architecture of Ansible is made up of five key components: Modules, Plugins, Inventories, Playbooks, and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces).


If an enterprise wishes to update a certain program on all its systems, all it’d require would be to write an Ansible playbook for software installation and execute it from the control system on all the remote hosts using their IP addresses.