Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6 Boosts Multicloud DevOps Capabilities
Sean Michael Kerner | July 19, 2018
Red Hat's latest update of Ansible Engine includes new capabilities that make it easier to support automation across multiple cloud environments. Red Hat is updating its Ansible Engine technology with the new 2.6 release that became generally available on July 17. New features in Ansible Engine 2.6 support automation across multicloud application deployments. Enhanced networking features in Ansible now make it easier for organizations to support different types of software-defined networking (SDN). In addition, Red Hat has boosted support for Microsoft Windows environments in the new Ansible update. "There are a few all-new capabilities in Ansible that are focused on hybrid and multicloud environments," Justin Nemmers, general manager of Ansible at Red Hat, told eWEEK. "One of the highlights is the ability to pull native facts from additional AWS and Azure cloud services." Red Hat acquired Ansible, DevOps automation and configuration management technology, in October 2015 and has continued to evolve the technology capabilities ever since. While Ansible has provided orchestration capabilities for AWS and Azure in the past, Nemmers said using AWS RDS instances or Azure generic resource facts was possible previously but required additional legwork from Ansible users to collect this information. With Ansible Engine 2.6, Nemmers said it's much easier. Ansible Engine 2.6 also extends support to VMware hypervisor and cloud environments. An increasing number of Ansible customers have hybrid environments and want to be able to manage and automate infrastructure that's both on-premises and in the cloud in the same way, he said. "For those with VMware Cloud on AWS, users can automate both on-prem and cloud infrastructure seamlessly," Nemmers said. "Between Ansible Engine 2.5 and 2.6, we’ve added 26 modules to help streamline automation of their VMware infrastructure." Among the improved components is support for things like tags and fact gathering, as well as deployment and management of VMware infrastructure and the virtual machines, networks and configurations that are deployed into VMware-based infrastructures.