This is the first major release of Ansible since Red Hat bought the company in October 2015.
Ansible brings to the Red Hat‘s OpenStack-based OpenShift cloud an agent-less cloud management approach. Ansible is not, however, OpenStack specific. It can work with, to name but a few, VMware, Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.
Like most DevOps programs, e.g., Chef, Juju and Puppet, Ansible doesn’t require your IT crew to be coding samurai. It’s designed to make it easy to automate cloud deployment and configuration to rolling upgrades. Specifically, Ansible enables you to:
- Deploy and manage applications across private and public clouds
- Speed service delivery through DevOps initiatives
- Streamline cloud installations and upgrades
- Accelerate container adoption by simplifying orchestration and configuration
This new release brings increased stability, new automation capabilities and new integrations with a variety of services and providers. It also broadens support for public, private and hybrid cloud deployments. And, last but not least, it expands Ansible’s footprint into Microsoft Windows environments and network management.
The real name of the game, though, is to makle cloud system management simple. As Tim Cramer, Red Hat’s head of Ansible Engineering, said in a statement “We strongly believe that our users should be able to focus on improving their business, rather than learning complex tools. Ansible 2.0 expands upon that vision by delivering increased flexibility in the Ansible Playbook automation language, while still retaining the ease-of-use and simplicity that enables developers and operators to get started quickly.”
New module addition highlights include:
- A completely new set of modules for managing OpenStack, the leading open source cloud computing framework, developed in concert with the OpenStack community;
- 30 new modules for improving and expanding the support for Amazon Web Services;
- Greatly expanded support for configuring and managing VMware environments;
- Expanded support for managing Microsoft Windows environments;
- Substantial improvements to the Docker module and new Docker connection plug-in
- Improved support for network automation.
Want to see if it works for you? Ansible 2.0, which is open source, is now available via GitHub, PyPi and package manager for most major Linux distributions. If your company needs help getting up to speed with its Ansible deployments, look to Ansible Tower. This dashboard provides a heads-up display for everything going on in your Ansible environment. It’s available via subscription tiers suitable for everyone from small companies to full-scale, mission-critical enterprise DevOps teams.