Q: What are the benefits of using the IBM z/OS core collection?
Users are able to:
• Integrate z/OS into an enterprise automation strategy in a consistent way
• Enable a common approach for hybrid applications and infrastructure management
• Enable transparent visibility of z/OS automation when orchestrated by Ansible
• Drive best practices to manage automation in source control to move towards infrastructure as code
• Leverage Ansible and Python skills, which are readily available in the marketplace and can be applied to z/OS
• Use modules to codify key maintenance and operational tasks for z/OS software so that you can focus on what you’re trying to accomplish, rather than worry about how to write JCL, for example
Q: Where do I get support for the Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Z?
Ansible Galaxy is the central location for sharing open source, community-supported content. If you want enterprise support, you need a subscription to the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform that includes support for all partner-certified content available on Ansible Automation Hub. The z/OS core collection is available on both Galaxy and Ansible Automation Hub.
Q: Will more collections be available?
Absolutely! More collection and content will be made available in support of middleware provisioning, middleware configuration, middleware management, and application deployment, to name a few. The collections are starting with a focus on z/OS but are intended to expand more broadly to the IBM Z ecosystem over time. Ansible Galaxy contains the complete list of collections.
These content collections are accelerators to make automating z/OS with Ansible even easier. Ansible is a powerful tool, that can be used out of the box to build your own automation. With Python as the core language for Ansible modules, it's easy for developers to build and contribute their own modules in support of any automation strategy.
Q: Do I need to be an Ansible expert to use this collection?
Ansible is a powerful IT automation tool that you learn quickly. Get started by checking out Ansible's Getting Started website.
Q: Is there an easy way to get started working with the collections?
Yes, use the sample playbooks provided with each of the collections.
Q: Ansible can cover a lot of use cases: some of which I already have some technology solutions for. Does Ansible replace any existing technologies I already use?
It is up to each enterprise to determine its strategy for how it evolves the set of tools and technologies that it uses. The good news with Ansible is that it integrates with a wide range of technologies across the hybrid multicloud landscape, and across IBM Z. You can use Ansible automation to integrate with what you have or build new playbooks with certified collections to create something new.
Leverage your existing JCL, REXX, and z/OSMF assets or most anything else using Ansible as the driver to automate Z. The choice is yours.
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