a radically simple IT automation system
It handles configuration-management, application deployment, cloud provisioning, ad-hoc task-execution, and multinode orchestration – including trivializing things like zero downtime rolling updates with load balancers.
- Have a dead simple setup process and a minimal learning curve
- Manage machines very quickly and in parallel
- Avoid custom-agents and additional open ports, be agentless by leveraging the existing SSH daemon
- Describe infrastructure in a language that is both machine and human friendly
- Focus on security and easy auditability/review/rewriting of content
- Manage new remote machines instantly, without bootstrapping any software
- Allow module development in any dynamic language, not just Python
- Be usable as non-root
- Be the easiest IT automation system to use, ever.
If you want to download a tarball of a release, go to releases.ansible.com, though most users use yum (using the EPEL instructions linked above), apt (using the PPA instructions linked above), or “pip install ansible”.