Jul 11, 2024

Streamlining DevOps with Ansible

This article breaks down the talk presented by Aditya Prakash, Senior DevOps Engineer-II at GeekyAnts, at the DevOps Meetup recently held in GeekyAnts.
Aditi Dixit
Aditi DixitContent Writer
Aditya Prakash
Aditya PrakashSenior Platforms Engineer - II

Managing infrastructure and configurations efficiently is crucial for seamless IT and software development operations and scalability. GeekyAnts, a technology solutions company, has harnessed the power of Ansible to streamline its infrastructure and configuration management. Ansible, known for its simplicity and effectiveness, has enabled GeekyAnts to automate processes, reduce deployment times, and easily manage multi-cloud environments. This blog delves into how GeekyAnts leverages Ansible to enhance operational efficiency and productivity.                                         

Problem Statement

Automating Infrastructure and Configuration Management

The primary challenge was automating infrastructure and configuration management. Ansible provided a unified tool for both tasks, simplifying the process.

Simplifying Scaling

Ansible enables the rapid deployment of pre-production setups for client demos or load testing by reusing staging or production code. This capability allows for quick scaling up and down as needed.

Managing Multi-Cloud Infrastructure

Ansible and custom APIs have streamlined multi-cloud infrastructure management, reducing complexity and increasing efficiency.

Use Cases of Ansible at Geeky Ants

Reducing Deployment Time for Familiar Stacks

For repetitive client requirements, such as deploying EC2 instances with RDS, Redis, and a load balancer, Ansible allows the reuse of existing code with minimal tweaks, significantly reducing deployment time.

Replacing Manual Tasks with Automation

Ansible supports various automation, from server audits to manual tasks on infrastructure or servers. This approach has gradually replaced manual efforts with automated processes.

Internal and Client Projects

GeekyAnts extensively uses Ansible for client projects, internal POCs, infrastructure and configuration management, and IT audits. Tasks include generating reports, running security patches, and minor server upgrades.

Implementing Ansible for Infrastructure as Code

Basic Ansible File Structure

Ansible's simplicity lies in its YAML-based file structure, which includes an inventory file, roles, tasks, and a playbook file. This structure facilitates easy coding and management.

Booting Infrastructure with Ansible

Using Ansible for infrastructure as code ensures controlled environments with version control and approvals before production deployment. An example is a basic virtual private cloud setup on any cloud provider.

Custom Infrastructure APIs

GeekyAnts has developed custom infrastructure APIs that generate generalized variables (vars) for cloud providers. These APIs streamline the process and automate the creation of infrastructure components like VPCs, route tables, and EC2 instances.

Configuration Management and Deployment

Dockerized Applications

Ansible simplifies deploying Dockerized applications by using roles for Docker setup, Nginx configuration, and certificate management. This approach allows quick application deployment on servers with minimal manual input.

Complex Architectures

Geeky Ants uses Ansible for more complex deployments, including microservices, Kubernetes architectures, and serverless architectures. This flexibility makes Ansible a versatile tool for various client needs.

IT Audits with Ansible

Automated Security Patches and Upgrades

Ansible has been introduced to the IT team to run small security patches, upgrade OS versions, and generate monthly server audit reports. This automation speeds up the audit process and ensures compliance with security standards.

Server Audit Reports

Custom Ansible code generates detailed server audit reports, including OS data, firewall status, SSH port information, running applications, and user access. These reports help maintain security and compliance.

Custom Solutions Developed with Ansible

Database as a Service

Managing MySQL and Postgres databases, including setting up live replication and master-slave architecture, can be complex. Ansible simplifies this process by automating configurations and handling issues like poorly run migrations or network outages.

App ENV Management

Ansible has streamlined managing environment variables for applications running on bare metal servers, cloud instances, and third-party services. Custom APIs aggregate variables from different sources, creating a unified app ENV for deployment.


Ansible has proven to be an invaluable tool for GeekyAnts, offering a unified solution for automating infrastructure and configuration management. By simplifying scaling, managing multi-cloud environments, reducing deployment times, and automating manual tasks, Ansible has significantly enhanced the efficiency and productivity of Geeky Ants' operations. As the team continues to refine and expand its use of Ansible, they are well-positioned to tackle future challenges with confidence and agility.

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