Red Hat Ansible joins the Azure Marketplace. The automation platform is now available via an Azure license. Adicionalmente, the deployment and configuration of Ansible in Azure promises to be faster and easier than was possible with previous integrations.
Red Hat Ansible includes an automation platform. With this you can, por ejemplo, automatically set up infrastructure for applications. This has traditionally involved complex code. Such code replaces Ansible with ‘Playbooks’ – short lines that allow users to direct Ansible to bridge the gap to a desired goal. The platform lends itself to automating the aforementioned rollout of applications, implementing security measures and configuring networks.
Red Hat Ansible is supported by the technologies of most major IT players. Integrations with Google Cloud, Azure and AWS facilitate a rollout in the public cloud. Integrations with VMware, Xenserver, NetApp, Dell EMC and IBM support on-premises.
In this light, the new adoption of Red Hat Ansible in the Azure Marketplace is not groundbreaking. The integration of Red Hat Ansible and environments in Azure has been supported for many years. Little has changed at the base. Change is limited to Red Hat Ansible’s commercial model and ease of use on Azure. While it is not yet clear what the licensing model will look like, the Azure variant promises to be a cost-effective option for companies deploying Ansible to manage workloads in hybrid cloud environments. Adicionalmente, the introduction promises faster, easier communication between Azure and Ansible than was possible with previous integrations.
Red Hat Ansible on Azure is currently in preview. The service is available on request only. It is unknown when Microsoft and Red Hat will make a full release.