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Ansible and DLT Solutions Partner to Bring Simple IT Automation to Government Customers

 

MARCH 18, 2015 – Durham, NC. – Ansible, Inc., the leading provider of simple, agentless orchestration and configuration management tools to IT and DevOps organizations, today announced a new partnership with leading government IT value-added reseller (VAR) DLT Solutions. This is Ansible’s first government reselling partnership. Leveraging key strategic relationships, including Red Hat and Amazon Web Services, DLT Solutions provides software and services across the technology landscape, and will enable Ansible to deliver IT automation seamlessly to government customers.

 “The Ansible open source project is already in widespread use across U.S. Federal and local government institutions,” said Saïd Ziouani, CEO of Ansible. “Now, in partnership with DLT Solutions, we are excited to bring Ansible Tower and Ansible services to government customers in the same way that we are serving Fortune 500 customers today.”

Ansible’s simplicity, its agentless and secure design and its powerful orchestration features make it the perfect fit for government customers who need to automate server or cloud configurations and application deployments. Ansible Tower extends the power of Ansible by providing control (centralized job runs through an automation dashboard), security (role-based access control and audit trails) and delegation (push-button job execution, portal mode and REST API for integration).

“Public sector IT organizations realize that in order to fully realize the benefits of a public or private cloud platform IT automation is critical,” said David Blankenhorn, vice president of engineering and chief cloud technologist at DLT Solutions. “Ansible provides our public sector customers with powerful tools that greatly simplify the automation of applications, systems, and both on premise and cloud resources. We look forward to working with an innovative leader such as Ansible to continue helping our customers streamline their work flows.”

Ansible will be available on DLT Solutions’ GSA IT Schedule70 and Ansible will use DLT Solutions’ considerable portfolio of Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts to ease the procurement process for customers large and small. Additionally, Justin Nemmers has joined the Ansible team as Director of Government to focus purely on the growing Ansible Government business unit. Nemmers brings years of federal and commercial experience from Red Hat, as well as several successful startups.

About Ansible, Inc.

Ansible is the simplest way to automate IT.  Ansible provides enterprise ready solutions for automating apps, systems and cloud resources for IT organizations, based on the most popular open source IT automation project on GitHub. Ansible’s commercial offering - Ansible Tower - helps DevOps teams manage complex multi-tier deployments by adding control, security and delegation capabilities to Ansible environments. For more information, visit ansible.com.

About DLT Solutions

For more than twenty years, DLT Solutions has been the IT software and solutions provider of choice for federal, state, local government and education customers. By hand selecting its manufacturer partners including Amazon Web Services, Autodesk, Google, NetApp, Oracle, Dell Software, Red Hat, Solarwinds and Symantaec, DLT fulfills its mission to be a value-added reseller of only the best software and hardware products and services, as well as a premier provider of technical support, through its many government contracts. The company specializes in carefully selected solution areas – Cloud computing, Data Center Consolidation, Geospatial Data Systems and Computer-Aided Design for transportation, utilities and manufacturing.  For more information or to place an order, contact DLT Solutions at 800-262-4358; email sales@dlt.com or visit www.dlt.com. Also on LinkedIn and Twitter (@DLTSolutoins).

 

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Over 300 Customers Chose Ansible IT Automation in 2014

Ansible Tower adding over two customers a day - just one year after commercial launch

DURHAM, NC  - January 21, 2015 -  Ansible, Inc., the leading provider of simple, agentless orchestration and configuration management tools to IT and DevOps organizations, finished its first full year of sales with over 300 customers.  Fueled by an exploding open source community and best-in-class simplicity, Ansible has been adopted at leading companies across all verticals, including several in the Fortune 100.

Ansible Highlights from 2014

  • Named SD Times #1 Company to Watch in 2015 and a Top 10 open source project in 2014 by Red Hat's opensource.com.

  • The Ansible open source project has had over one million downloads in 2014.

  • O'Reilly released the preview of its first Ansible book (available on Ansible.com) with the full book due out in early 2015.

  • There are over 40 regular worldwide Ansible meetups, with new meetups popping up weekly around the world from Sydney to South Africa.

  • Over 600 people attended AnsibleFests in San Francisco, Austin & New York in 2014, and 400 people are expected at the first AnsibleFest London in February 2015.

  • Ansible Tower - Ansible's enterprise IT automation solution - has been downloaded over 5,000 times and by 27 of the Fortune 100.

  • Ansible Tower is in production managing tens of thousands of servers, VMs and cloud instances across enterprise verticals that include financial services, government, high-tech manufacturing, education, web & e-commerce and media.

  • Ansible released three major upgrades of Ansible Tower in 2014, most recently adding capabilities for delivering self-service IT and HA for enterprise IT organizations.

  • Ansible released agentless support for managing Windows environments, using PowerShell remoting. Now, Ansible can be used in mixed Linux, Unix, Windows & Cloud environments.

To manage its continued growth in 2015 and beyond, Ansible more than doubled its headcount in the last six months, adding key executives to the leadership team to steer the company's expansion. Red Hat and open source veteran Greg DeKoenigsberg joined as VP of Community; Bill Nottingham joined as Director of Product; and Justin Nemmers recently joined as Director of Ansible’s rapidly growing government practice.

"2014 was an amazing year for Ansible and our customers," said Saïd Ziouani, Ansible CEO. "The dramatic customer adoption of Ansible Tower exceeded our expectations and validated that enterprise customers and DevOps groups are ready for a simple, secure and agile approach to IT automation that is easy for sysadmins to adopt and provides a near-instant ROI to the business."

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Ansible Tower 2.0 Streamlines IT Automation for Enterprise DevOps Teams

Updated Ansible UI makes deploying apps and configuring systems fast & efficient

Santa Barbara, CA - August 20, 2014 - Ansible, Inc. the company that provides products, support and services for the popular Ansible open source IT automation project, today announced Ansible Tower 2.0, a major upgrade to Ansible's complete orchestration, configuration management and application deployment solution for enterprise DevOps teams. Ansible Tower is an elegant user interface (UI) and dashboard that helps enterprise DevOps teams centralize their Ansible IT automation initiatives.

"Ansible Tower is proving to be a mission-critical DevOps tool in organizations like NASA, GoPro, EA, and Hughes," said Saïd Ziouani, CEO at Ansible. "Tower 2.0 dramatically improves and simplifies the DevOps automation user experience so that our customers can focus on their applications, rather than their IT automation."

Ansible Tower enhances the Ansible open source engine by providing role-based access control, Ansible job scheduling, auditing and graphical inventory management. Its full-featured REST API simplifies embedding Ansible Tower into existing infrastructure tools, and the Ansible Tower CLI tool allows administrators to take advantage of Tower features without leaving the command line.  

In this latest version, the Tower UI is simplified and includes new features such as:

Real-Time Playbook Status

Tower 2.0 allows you to observe application deployments, updates and system configuration changes in real-time, with the ability to drill-down on any failures quickly.  Tower's real-time output of Ansible Playbooks includes dynamic progress bars that show you the status of jobs and hosts, along with the overall status of the Playbook run.

Expanded Cloud & VMware Support

Pulling cloud system inventories into Tower (and keeping them synchronized) is as easy as entering your cloud account credentials into Tower's UI.  Along with existing support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace, Tower 2.0 now supports dynamic inventory synchronization with Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Engine and VMware's vSphere.  In addition, Amazon Web Services inventory now provides improved support for categorizing the multitude of groups and tags it automatically creates.  As always, Tower manages cloud inventories securely, allowing an administrator to delegate automation jobs to users or teams without having to expose secret credentials.

Pricing and Availability

Ansible Tower 2.0 is available now and can be downloaded with a free trial at ansible.com/tower. With Tower 2.0, Ansible has lowered the cost of getting started with DevOps-style IT automation with the new Tower Starter Kit basic subscription, starting at $99/month or $999/year to manage up to 100 machines.

Additionally, Enterprise Tower support, training & consulting are available directly from Ansible. See Enterprise pricing at Ansible.com/pricing.

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Early Red Hat Executives Return to Disrupt Enterprise IT Automation

In Just 12 Months, Ansible Has Over 100 Customers, One Million+ Downloads and Is the #1 IT Automation Project on GitHub

NEW YORK, NY-- May 20, 2014 - #ANSIBLEFEST -- Ansible, Inc., the company that provides products, support and services for the popular Ansible open source IT automation project, today announced that in its first year of operation the company has become one of GitHub's most popular open source projects and a game-changing commercial IT automation product that boasts installations in over 100 customer sites around the world.

Start-ups and Fortune 1000 customers alike have installed Ansible for managing both on-premise and cloud infrastructures -- from a few servers to large-scale deployments with thousands of nodes. Ansible has been adopted at organizations such as Splunk, Samsung, GoPro, Rackspace, Atlassian, NASA, Verizon, and many others because it is easy to install and use, yet powerful enough to manage large, complex infrastructures.

Reunited Red Hat Leadership Team

Ansible's executive team is primarily made up of early Red Hat executives who took part in the market disruption created by Linux and open source. The team is tapping into that experience and knowledge to actively influence product direction, community expansion and to establish a disruptive and scalable commercial model.

"When building an executive team in any industry, domain experience is a crucial ingredient," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst at RedMonk. "It's difficult to think of a business with more experience in building a disruptive commercial ecosystem around open source than Red Hat, which is why the Ansible team's history there will be a major asset moving forward."

"We are thrilled to see Ansible commanding a leadership position in IT automation, thanks to record user and customer adoption," said Saïd Ziouani, CEO at Ansible. "We have assembled a powerful team of early Red Hat veterans to disrupt the IT automation marketplace with a powerful open source community and a sustainable business model."

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AWS Customers Can Now Add Ansible Configuration Management & Application Deployment to their Amazon Bill

Santa Barbara, CA - February 26, 2014 - Ansible, Inc. (formerly AnsibleWorks), the company that provides products, support and services for the popular Ansible open source IT automation project, today announced the immediate availability of Ansible Tower AMIs on the AWS Marketplace. Ansible Tower is the only complete configuration management and app deployment solution available on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace and sets the bar high with an innovative monthly pricing model and cloud-ready features.

"The importance of getting your automation and configuration management right in the cloud can't be understated," said Michael Cote', Research Director for Infrastructure at 451 Research. "The agility and efficiency of relying on cloud to support your applications and services requires almost complete, seamless automation. In our market surveys we've seen a sharp rise in the use of the new type of automation that Ansible comes from.  As more people move their IT to cloud services, expect to see that interest keep growing."

The Ansible Tower AMIs on AWS come preconfigured with the open source Ansible automation engine, widely regarded for its simple automation language and agentless architecture.  Ansible’s agentless architecture is designed for cloud-scale deployments and uses industry-standard SSH to communicate with managed nodes. Tower adds a powerful UI and role-based access control for rolling out Ansible automation to your team.

"We are really excited about Ansible Tower as a migration path to the cloud," said Matt Coddington, Systems Architect at Care.com. "Tower expands my deployment options and reduces costs so we can focus on bigger goals like no-downtime deployments, auto-scaling, developer/QA self service -- all by using the same tool."

Ansible Tower's Cloud Inventory Sync allows customers to simply insert their AWS credentials into AWS Tower to automatically synchronize Ansible inventory with AWS. Tower knows exactly what EC2 instances customers have, no matter when or how they launch them. Ansible supports EC2, ELB, S3, VPC, ElastiCache and Route 53 out-of-the-box.

Additionally, Ansible Tower enhances Amazon Auto Scaling. Auto Scaling will automatically spin up new server instances as applications spike in load or instances fail. Ansible Tower automatically deploys applications and configures the instances as they are launched by AWS, using Tower’s unique callback feature.

"We are long-time Ansible users," said Simon Pantzare, software developer and co-founder at Narrative, Inc. “With Tower, we can update inventories and run playbooks as EC instances come and go with little or no hand holding, and developers can see what is going on with the infrastructure and trigger deployments."

Pricing and Availability

Ansible Tower is available now as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that can be purchased through the AWS Marketplace. Customers can try it out free to manage up to 10 EC2 instances, paying only the AWS hourly cost for the Tower AMI. Beyond ten EC2 instances, customers can license Ansible Tower for as low as $250 per month. Ansible Tower is available in all AWS Regions. Find more information at ansible.com/aws . Ansible premium support and consulting is available directly from Ansible.

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Lisa Sheeran
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