Enterprises often have IT infrastructures running both next-generation technologies as well as legacy systems, and Ansible aims to make managing these easier.
The company’s updated Ansible engine and platform now have the ability to better unify existing and disparate technologies into repeatable and automated processes. The new management capabilities are also extended throughout an entire organization, which allows DevOps teams to remove existing barriers by automating routine activities.
In addition to increased technical support from Red Hat, Ansible engine users can now access modules. Specifically, one of the modules provides a new networking add-on, which includes full engineering support for a variety of operating systems from companies like Arista, Cisco, Juniper, and Open vSwitch.
Additionally, the latest version of the Red Hat Ansible Tower — the company’s platform — helps IT teams more effectively manage automated systems and optimize deployments, while offering increased security and policy control, according to Red Hat.
For example, the updated platform enables users to create custom views for managing machines based on their attributes across the cloud. It’s also able to dedicate capacity for a specific area of an organization, which allows for local capacity in remote locations as well.
The goal is for customers to add an engine subscription to their platform subscription to increase support for the underlying automation that powers the platform. The company said the updated platform will be available later this month, and the engine will be available in early October — either as an add-on or as a standalone product.