Ansible is a great tool for handling deployment as well as configuration management, providing a lot more functionality than shell scripts. It doesn't require that one learn a new set of abstractions to hide the differences between operating systems. That makes its surface area smaller; there's less you need to know before you get started.
Why is it important?
We're all slowly turning into system engineers. Using a single tool for both configuration management and deployment makes life simpler for the folks responsible for operations. Project goals include a consistent, secure, highly reliable tool that's minimal in nature and has a low learning curve.
What you'll learn—and how you can apply it
Covers the basic concepts of Ansible at a high level, including how it communicates with remote servers and how it differs from other configuration-management tools. You'll learn how to use the Ansible command-line tool to perform simple tasks on a single host
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This Lesson in taken from Ansible: Up and Running by Lorin Hochstein.