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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.



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."


 

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.


 

January 29, 2014

ANSIBLE RELEASES NEW PRODUCTS & SIMPLE PRICING FOR 2014

Ansible Responds to Rapid Community Growth With IT Automation Offerings That are Simple to Use and Simple to Buy

SANTA BARBARA, CA -- January 29, 2014  - Ansible today announced its 2014 lineup of products and pricing intended to make IT automation as simple as possible.  Developers, sysadmins and DevOps practitioners have recently made Ansible a top 10 Trending Python project and the most popular open source project on GitHub for IT automation and configuration management - with more ‘watches’, ‘stars’ and ‘forks’ than any other comparable project.

“The Ansible core project is less than two years old, and has exploded in popularity due to the simplicity of the approach and the creativity, dedication and ideas of the Ansible community,” said Saïd Ziouani, CEO of Ansible, Inc. “As the company supporting Ansible, our goal is to deliver products and pricing, and a powerful new IT automation brand that brings the power of Ansible to the enterprise and delivers our promise of being the simplest way to automate IT.”

In response to the community momentum, Ansible is releasing new and updated 2014 products and pricing intended to serve the needs of Ansible users.

Brand new Ansible Guru subscription enables Ansible command-line users

To support sysadmins and developers who are learning open source Ansible or using Ansible every day, Ansible’s new Guru subscription provides users with help and advice on building Ansible Playbooks, troubleshooting, architecture suggestions, and general how-to’s and best practices.  Guru subscribers also receive additional benefits, such as special product and event discounts, online training and Ansible t-shirts. Guru is priced at $99/month/user or $999/user/year.

New pricing makes Ansible Tower a no-brainer for push-button IT automation

Ansible Tower (formerly called AWX) is an enterprise-class IT automation solution designed for teams. It features an easy-to-use web app and REST API that allows you to bring the power of Ansible to the rest of the IT organization.  Tower also includes powerful cloud features that dynamically sync with your Amazon AWS and Rackspace inventory and can assist with auto-scaling.  New 2014 Tower pricing aims to make Tower accessible to any webops, devops or IT organization. Pricing starts at $2000/year, with volume discounts that allows a company to manage 1000 servers for $10/server/year.

"As organizations increasingly seek seamless continuous delivery to cloud environments, the need for tools to automate deployment becomes more and more acute," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. "This is what Ansible, with its agentless SSH based model and YAML-based automation language, was built for."

Ansible: New company name, branding & website

Along with new products and pricing, the company is simplifying everything… including its name. AnsibleWorks has dropped the “Works” from its name and is launching a new brand identity and website to better represent the innovation of the Ansible community. Ansible Inc. will continue to fully support and invest in the Ansible core open source community, just as it has done to date.  The company can now be found at ansible.com and @ansible on Twitter.

Ansible Guru and Ansible Tower are available for purchase today through Ansible’s simple online store at ansible.com.

About Ansible, Inc.

Ansible, Inc., formerly AnsibleWorks, brings the power of Ansible to the enterprise. Ansible, Inc. 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. Working with our open source community and partner ecosystem, Ansible will incorporate key technologies and spearhead community and customer driven innovations. Our mission is to enable businesses to easily and securely manage large ­scale computing infrastructures on premise and in the cloud.

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