Red Hat Introduces Ansible Engine and Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.2
September 07, 2017

Red Hat introduced several new Ansible innovations aimed at helping enterprise customers harness the power of automation organization-wide: from IT operations to development to network administration, and in-between:

- Red Hat Ansible Engine, a new offering designed to bring the enterprise-grade global support that Red Hat is known for to the popular Ansible automation community project.

- Red Hat Ansible Engine Networking Add-on, including full support for select networking platform modules.

- Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.2, the latest version of its enterprise Ansible automation management platform.

With Red Hat Ansible Engine and Red Hat Ansible Tower, organizations can unify existing and disparate technologies into simple, repeatable and automated processes. This can help to extend access to and fully manage the enterprise-wide deployment and adoption of business-critical automation. This organization-wide adoption can be important to IT organizations seeking to implement DevOps, as well as IT disruptors that use automation to help drive digital leadership.

Red Hat Ansible Engine: Using Ansible automation, developers and IT operations teams can more easily and quickly deploy IT services, applications and environments, enabling them to remove barriers between IT teams by automating routine activities. With Ansible Engine, Red Hat is introducing a new offering that provides support for the open source Ansible automation technology for the first time. While the upstream Ansible community is known for fast-moving innovations, many enterprises 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:

- A reliable and enterprise-ready set of Ansible automation, modules and capabilities.

- Business hours or 24x7 support from Red Hat’s global support organization.

- All the benefits of a Red Hat subscription, including Open Source Assurance, Service Level Agreement (SLA) response, regular security and maintenance updates, and more.

Red Hat Ansible Engine is also available with new Networking Add-on, helping to address a critical component of today’s modern infrastructure. 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
- VyOS

Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.2: As organizations adopt Ansible automation technology, the requirement to govern, manage, and effectively scale IT automation increases. Ansible Tower helps IT teams more effectively manage automated systems and optimize multi-tier deployments while adding control, greater security and delegation capabilities.

Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.2 includes several new and enhanced features to help provide greater value to IT teams, including the ability to:

Manage more globally:
- Updated inventory support enables users to create custom views for managing machines based on their attributes across public, private and hybrid cloud
- Tower Instance groups dedicate capacity for specific organizations and inventory
- Tower isolated nodes allow for local job execution capacity in remote locations

Automate more flexibly:
- SCM inventory support enables teams to fully manage their automation and infrastructure as code
- Pluggable credentials enable users to define their own custom credential types, enabling integration with third-party credential storage

Current 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.

Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.2 is also the first version based on the open source AWX project, a new open source community project sponsored by Red Hat that enables users to directly interact with and add features and capabilities to help drive innovations in Ansible Tower.

Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.2 will be available later this month. Ansible Engine and Ansible Engine for Network Automation is expected to be available by the beginning of October as a stand-alone product or as part of a Red Hat Ansible Tower subscription.

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