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Red Hat integrates Ansible with OpenShift to boost hybrid cloud automation

Written by Wed 14 Oct 2020

Integration allows enterprises to leverage Ansible for infrastructure management and application deployment

Red Hat has announced an integration of Ansible and OpenShift that enables organisations to automate the deployment of Kubernetes clusters alongside legacy IT systems.

The enterprise open source solution provider unveiled a technical preview of the integration at AnsibleFest Virtual 2020, which the company said expands automation capabilities for companies leveraging hybrid cloud architecture.

Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management launched in July last year and helps enterprises better manage and scale OpenShift container clusters across the hybrid cloud. OpenShift is Red Hat’s container deployment and management platform, based on Docker and Kubernetes.

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, on the other hand, launched in September 2019 and is Red Hat’s enterprise-ready version of Ansible, the popular open source DevOps project (which Red Hat sponsors) for building and operating automation across an organisation.

The marriage of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes is designed to break down workflow and development silos between traditional on-premises servers and virtual machines and cloud-native clusters, including Red Hat OpenShift.

In essence, the integration streamlines the toolsets and “handoffs” between traditional and cloud-native technologies, so organisations that need to retain legacy IT systems don’t have to split up IT teams or technology stacks accordingly. Rather, the same tools and strategies now work across both new and old, getting rid of a lot of unnecessary friction and complexity, thereby simplifying automation across an organisation’s entire IT estate.

“Interest in consistent cross-cloud management and visibility is rapidly increasing as enterprises move more workloads into hybrid and multicloud infrastructure platforms, including both VM and container-based environments,” said Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president, Cloud Management at IDC.

“A significant majority of enterprise cloud infrastructure management decision makers report that it is very important to have management tools and capabilities that span across multiple cloud environments, including public, private, hosted and edge locations. The addition of automation functionalities helps further extend effective management across the hybrid cloud.”

Written by Wed 14 Oct 2020


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