INTRODUCTION: ACCELERATE OPERATIONS WITH NETWORK AUTOMATION

Traditional, manual approaches to network configuration and updates are too slow and error-prone to effectively support the needs of today’s rapidly shifting application and data transfer requirements. Programmable, software-based automation technologies can help your team better support your organization’s digital initiatives.With network automation, network operations (NetOps) teams can quickly respond to dynamic, ever-changing workload requirements for flexible capacity, application security, load balancing, and multicloud integrations. They can also implement self-service and on-demand network activities.As a result, NetOps teams can become as agile and flexible as applica-tions and infrastructure teams to support modern business demands.

contents introduction:
Accelerate operations with network automation chapter
1: Install and configure Red Hat Ansible AutomationChapter
2: Run your first command and playbookChapter
3: Build your inventory chapter 
4: Implement common-use casesChapter
5: Access community content resources: Find more information learn more

INTRODUCTION 3INTRODUCING RED HAT ANSIBLE AUTOMATIONWith Red Hat®Ansible®
Automation, Red Hat brings the community Ansible project to the enterprise, adding the features and functionality needed for team-based automation at scale. Two automation offerings let you choose the capabilities best for your team. Red Hat Ansible Engine gives you support for the Ansible project, so you can automate with confidence. Red Hat Ansible Tower provides an additional management interface, so you can control how automation is deployed, and gain auditable knowledge about automation sources and outcomes.You can also use Red Hat Ansible Network Automation, a bundled offering tailored for network automation tasks. Read the Network automation for everyone e-book to learn more about Red Hat Ansible Network Automation

REDHAT ANSIBLE ENGINEA
support offering for the Ansible project that includes the Ansible execution engine and hundreds of modules for automating all aspects of IT environments and processes

REDHAT ANSIBLE TOWERA
product and support offering that helps teams manage deployments by adding control, knowledge, and delegation to Ansible-powered environments
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE RED HAT ANSIBLE TOWER?
We recommend you use Red Hat Ansible Tower when you need:
• Centralized control for multiple people to use the same playbooks.
• Application programming interface (API) control of playbooks.
• Integration with remote authentication tools.
• Compliance checking and enhanced logging.
• More than just network automation.

HOW TO USE THIS E-BOOKThis e-book explains how to get started with common network automation tasks using both Red Hat Ansible Engine and Red Hat Ansible Tower. Differing instructions are shown using these symbols to denote the appropriate product