Red Hat has just announced major updates for its Ansible Automation Platform and Certified Ansible Content Collections, and it also announced the integration of Ansible Automation Platform with Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management. The integration is available for the Kubernetes product line and aims to increase automation across hybrid cloud environments.
After the launch of Red Hat Marketplace, the integration with Ansible Automation Platform is another step by Red Hat in the hybrid cloud space. The IBM subsidiary had acquired Ansible back in 2015. The integration will bring together Red Hat OpenShift (Red Hat’s version of Kubernetes) and Ansible Automation Platform to fill in the gap between conventional IT infrastructure and cloud-native container solutions.
As enterprises expedite digitalization, modernizing the legacy applications can often prove to be very difficult. The Advanced Cluster and Automation Platform integration is aimed at helping enterprises with bringing cloud-native features to legacy applications. Advanced Cluster Management manages and monitors OpenShift clusters to start Ansible Automation capabilities like system updates, load balancing, and server resource allocation.
The blog post detailing the announcement stated, “this integration is intended to help drive application modernization for IT environments, breaking down the workflow and development silos between traditional servers and virtual machines and cloud-native clusters, including Red Hat OpenShift.”
The integration will also bring access Red Hat’s Kubernetes Operators, which can help users with application and component management. Red Hat also claims that the integration will simplify administration as the Ansible Automation Platform can be more efficient in task execution outside of the Kubernetes cluster.
Other than the Advanced Cluster and Ansible Automation Platform integration, Red Hat also announced new versions of Ansible Automation Platform and Certified Ansible Content Collections. The latest version of Ansible Automation Platform comes with Ansible Content Collections for Red Hat OpenShift, Kubernetes Core, and VMware vSphere REST API. The availability of new Collections ensures that Red Hat and its Automation Hub partners now have more than 60 Ansible Content Collections.
Here’s what Joe Fitzgerald, the vice president of Management at Red Hat, said about the announcements, “Ansible has evolved into a defacto standard for automation and became one of the top 10 open source projects in the world, according to a most recent study. Red Hat has built an automation platform for enterprises to more easily access, consume and share Ansible content to significantly reduce the time-to-automation. As customers continue down the path of digital transformation, these pre-integrated resources can address common use cases while advancing the management and innovation of traditional and cloud-native infrastructure.”
Coming to availability, the latest version of Ansible Automation Platform will be released in November. The Automation Platform integration will also be available for technology preview starting next month. Lastly, Ansible Content Collections are now available on cloud.redhat.com, and further Collections will be released on a rolling basis.