Why Ansible is a must-have automation platform

Ansible Automation Platform, owned by the multinational company Red Hat, is a solution that can be applied to meet the different needs of several industries. Take a look at its main features.

Luciano Fernández
3 min read

Efficiency and agility. These are the two foundations on which the modern business paradigm rests, more than ever before in history. In the technology industry, fast software creation and delivery are not the only elements supporting business competitiveness. The ability to offer a prompt response needs also to be combined with process automation, a key backbone of operational efficiency which helps optimize resources and, consequently, obtain significant cost reductions.

What is Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform?

“It is a virtualization platform for many IT tasks that contains multiple modules and is designed under the DevOps ideology, which enables everyone to work at the same level," says Roberto Calva, automation specialist in Red Hat, the leading multinational company providing open-source solutions, and creator of Ansible in 2012.

 

The firm, acquired in 2019 by IBM for several millions of dollars, announced in September of that same year the general availability of the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, a business solution to design and operate automation to suit every need. It is a platform geared towards enabling multiple tasks and automation, with the peculiarity that it offers a type of programming with a great deal of human-level language. This means that no additional knowledge is needed to manage it apart from that usually held by professionals in the field.

 

Ansible enables automating several tasks even if they are running in different operating systems (Unix, Linux or Windows). It can also be applied to public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure, as well as security devices, private clouds and virtualization products such as VMWare y Veeam.

Why Ansible is a must-have automation platform

According to Red Hat itself, “Ansible Automation Platform includes all the tools needed to implement automation speedily without having to start from scratch.” The global company offers the platform bundled in its powerful package made up of Red Hat Ansible Tower, Red Hat Ansible Engine and Red Hat Network Automation, which has recently added new capabilities based on Software as a Service (SaaS).

 

In a context where automation is a top priority across organizations, Ansible makes a difference by providing more secure content management plus a more powerful analysis of automation implementations over time. The new SaaS capabilities are based on three developments by the company that add value to the platform.

Ansible Content Collections

This package organizes all Ansible content (plugins, roles, documentation, for instance) generated by Red Hat itself together with its partners. Given that Ansible is one of the most important open-source automation communities worldwide, Content Collections allows customers and contributors to share and consume certified content.

Automation Hub

This is the repository where Red Hat and its partners publish certified content (supported by Red Hat) for customers. By the time Ansible Automation was released in September 2019, Cisco, F5, Google Cloud, Microsoft and NetApp were already willing to incorporate compatible certified collections available at the Automation Hub, according to the firm.

Automation Analytics

It allows users to have an in-depth understanding of how some automation processes work. This analysis includes statistics and data referring to the most frequently used modules and resources, the status of automation and its environment functioning.

 

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