Red Hat, Inc., provider of open source solutions, today announced Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2 as the company’s new standard for hybrid cloud automation. Refined for the evolving realities of computing at hybrid cloud scale, the latest version of the platform adds self-contained automation capabilities while shifting automation more deeply into the application development lifecycle.
Joe Fitzgerald, Vice President and General Manager, Ansible Business Unit, Red Hat said, “We are seeing many organisations shift their automation priorities away from cost savings and towards agility and security. We are helping our customers rapidly evolve their culture and processes, to automate at enterprise scale, some with tens of thousands of automation creators working across many teams and countries, sharing and reusing content.”
A study commissioned by Red Hat, 451 Research, part of S&P Global Market Intelligence, noted that respondents in its recent Voice of the Enterprise: DevOps, Organisational Dynamics survey identified the top cultural challenges of DevOps as overcoming resistance to change (35 per cent), promoting communication between teams not accustomed to working together (34 per cent) and breaking down silos (33 per cent). As organisation-wide collaboration becomes a priority, so does the need for product and IT teams to standardise automation practices around the needs of the business while extending automation use cases to drive greater efficiency.
Jay Lyman, Senior Research Analyst, Cloud Native and DevOps, 451 Research added that “While enterprises have broken down many of the barriers between different teams, particularly development and IT operations, silos still persist. Automation can help bring together different IT teams by codifying collaboration and communication, thus bridging silos. Communities of practice – teams within organisations that have a common technical or business interest – can promote sharing of trusted automation content that helps reduce finger-pointing and drives more success.”
Hybrid cloud-native automation for a cloud-native world
As hybrid and multi-cloud computing become critical IT components, IT organisations need automation platforms that can bridge traditional systems with these modern services, stretching from the enterprise data centre to remote network edges.
With the automation controller (formerly Ansible Tower), users can more reliably and consistently scale automation on demand, taking a systematic approach to standardising automation practices while helping to reduce automation irregularities across the enterprise.
Further addressing the need for automation at scale across the open hybrid cloud is automation mesh within Ansible Automation Platform. Automation mesh is designed to connect across diverse environments with dispersed networks for more flexibility and resiliency without sacrificing security, so enterprises can better adopt and scale automation.
Shifting left: Self-contained automation for developers and IT operations
With automation now spanning the hybrid cloud, the associated tools are no longer the domain of specialists. Both IT operations teams and developers must now be enabled as automators. But to do so requires automation technology that is easily portable, flexible and scalable to stretch across IT footprints. This will extend the role of automator across the IT organisation with its cloud-native architecture and new collaboration and developer tools for creating, testing, distributing and managing automation content.
Additionally, automation content navigator helps teams more quickly validate that automation content is working as it should across even the largest environments. This helps automators, from developers to sysadmins, maintain operational consistency across their systems, from developer workstations to staging platforms to production.
Michael McCarthy, Delivery Architect, Production Engineering Group, Gamesys broke this down. “Our current priorities at Gamesys are scaling and becoming more geographically distributed. Being able to run containerised solutions has been difficult due to our use of virtual environments, which thus impacts our scalability. As heavy users of automation controller [formerly Ansible Tower], it’s valuable for the technology we’re already using to adapt with us. This direction allows us to execute automation in containerised environments, supporting new strategies for innovation in the business. Now, we can scale automation systematically and consistently across the enterprise and as demand requires us to hit those two priorities with fewer barriers, using a platform that’s already integrated into our workflow.”
The automation platform for open hybrid cloud and edge portfolio
Improved collaboration breaks down workflow and development silos between traditional servers and virtual machines and cloud-native clusters running Red Hat OpenShift. The Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Operator integrates Ansible Automation Platform directly with Red Hat OpenShift, enabling smoother cloud-native deployment of automation clusters, easier management and migration of data and platform performance upgrades further cementing automation into cloud-native processes.
“The reporting provided by Ansible Automation Platform helps management understand the level of automation maturity within teams by providing detailed reporting on automation usage. This helps management to work with all teams to build up a mature and effective automation practice across many teams as well as providing executive-level reporting to demonstrate the level of automation usage across the enterprise, remarked Walter Fernandes, Senior Manager, Global Technology Services, Nova Scotia.
Ansible Automation Platform 2 Early Access is now available for all existing and prospective customers. Ansible Automation Platform 2.1 will be generally available in November 2021.
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