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Red Hat Announces The Integration Of Ansible Automation With Openshift Kubernetes


Earlier this week, Red Hat announced the integration of its Ansible automation solution with its OpenShift Kubernetes container platform. The integration is designed to accelerate the automation and integration between traditional and cloud-based infrastructure. The idea behind this move is to allow customers to upgrade to cloud-based services while preserving existing infrastructure.

Red Hat acquired Ansible in 2015 for over $100 million
Red Hat acquired Ansible in 2015 for over $100 million
Key Facts
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    Red Hat announced the integration of Ansible Automation with OpenShift Kubernetes at the ongoing AnsibleFest Virtual 2020.

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    The integration allows Red Hat to leverage OpenShift’s Kubernetes Operator Foundation to further IT automation in hybrid cloud environments.

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    The integration of the two tools would now enable enterprises to use Ansible for managing infrastructure as well as application deployment.

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    Red Hat also announced that the latest version of the Ansible automation platform would be made available by November 2020.


In line with IBM’s continued emphasis on hybrid cloud deployments, its Red Hat unit is integrating its Ansible automation operator with OpenShift to help combine cloud-based and traditional infrastructure.

Red Hat acquired Ansible in 2015 for over $100 million. It was a signal that the company hoped to expand further into OpenStack itself as part of its larger ambitions of hybrid cloud management, OpenStack, and container applications. Ansible was a market leader in IT automation, and acquiring it was a very good deal for Red Hat.

Redhat Openshift is competing with other Kubernetes managed services like GKE, AKS, and Docker Enterprise. Ansible integration with Enterprise Openshift is giving it more power compared to the other Kubernetes providers. The integration of its IT automation and DevOps platform with its cluster manager for Kubernetes running on OpenShift would help eliminate development and workflow siloes encountered among bare-metal servers, virtual machines, and cloud-native clusters. It will also use Kubernetes functionality of handling tasks running outside a Kubernetes cluster.

In a move to expand hybrid cloud integrations, Red Hat has also announced the upgrade of Ansible and other enterprise automation platforms. The latest version of the Ansible automation platform is due to be released next month. The previewing of connector technology for its automation services will also begin in November 2020.

By integrating Red Hat OpenShift with Ansible Automation Platform, enterprises can leverage Ansible for infrastructure management and application deployment. We believe Ansible has become a de facto automation standard, and Red Hat provides a tremendous amount of ready-to-use Ansible automation that spans domains and is curated, certified, and supported.
Joe Fitzgerald
VP Management, Red Hat

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