Amidst volatile markets, dynamic technology shifts, and ever-increasing customer demands, it is imperative for IT organizations to develop flexible, scalable and high-quality applications that exceed expectations and enhance productivity. A software application has numerous moving parts, which, if not effectively maintained, will definitely affect the final quality and end user experience.This is where configuration management (CM) comes into play, its purpose being to maintain the integrity of the product or system throughout its lifecycle while also making the deployment process controllable and repeatable in order to ensure higher quality. Robust configuration management brings the following advantages to the table:Mitigates redundant tasksManages concurrent updatesEliminates problems related to configurationStreamlines inter-team coordinationMakes defect tracking easierThere are several effective CM tools out there like Puppet, Chef, Ansible. And CFEngine, which provide automation for infrastructure, cloud, compliance and security management, integration for deployment and continuous deployment (CI / CD). However, deciding on which tool to select for an organization’s automation requirements is the most critical task for a sysadmin. A lot of sysadmins will agree that the daily chores of a sysadmin keep them from being updated about automation. When they do spend time in learning the nuances, they come across multiple CM tools that all offer the same benefits theoretically. This further complicates the decision about which CM tool to choose from, especially for people who are just getting started.So, what is the best tool for people who have minimal idea about automation?—Ansible—and justifiably so! You may ask why. This article will discuss the five reasons that make Ansible one of the most reliable and efficient CM tools out there.An end-to-end tool to simplify automationAnsible is an end-to-end tool that aids performing all kinds of automation tasks, right from controlling and visualization to simulation and maintenance. This is because Ansible is developed in Python,

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