When Red Hat bought the DevOps program Ansible, the company did so because it thought Ansible's automation capabilities, together with Red Hat's cloud and managing portfolio, would make a powerful one-two punch. It was right. Now, with several new Ansible innovations, the pair is helping enterprise customers harness the power of automation organization-wide -- from IT operations to development to network administration.
Red Hat Ansible Engine is a new enterprise support offering. While the upstream, open-source Ansible community is known for fast innovations, some businesses require a more secure, stable, and reliable approach. With Ansible Engine, organizations can access the tools and innovations available from the underlying Ansible technology in a hardened, enterprise-grade manner. Ansible Engine features include:
Why this offering? Joe Fitzgerald, Red Hat's management vice president, explained in a statement: "Enterprise customers are interested in more stable and reliable automation technologies in order to be able to adopt these powerful capabilities enterprise-wide. Additionally, as more automation implementations directly impact mission-critical business applications and environments, the requirements for greater security, support and stability become even more important."
You can also the new Networking add-on with the Ansible Engine. With networking automation, IT organizations can now use fully supported Ansible modules, developed and maintained in-house for many popular networking devices. This offering includes full engineering support for the following networking-specific Ansible modules: Arista (EOS), Cisco (IOS, IOS-XR, NX-OS). Juniper (Junos OS), Open vSwitch, and VyOS. This follows up on Red Hat's earlier release of Ansibile 2.3.
To make Ansible more useful for enterprise deployments, Red Hat is introducing Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.2. This is based on the open-source AWX project. AWX is essentially the Ansible Tower source code. While it AWX changes quickly, Tower is produced by taking selected releases of AWX, hardening them for long-term supportability, and making them available to customers as the Ansible Tower offering. Its new and enhanced features include the ability to:
Current Red Hat Ansible Tower customers can add an Ansible Engine subscription to their Ansible Tower subscription at any time to gain support for the underlying Ansible automation that powers Ansible Tower. Ansible Tower 3.2 will be available later this month through ansible.com and the Red Hat Customer Portal. Ansible Engine and Ansible Engine for Network Automation will be available by the beginning of October as a stand-alone product or as part of a Red Hat Ansible Tower subscription.