Many people are familiar with the community version of Ansible, the command line automation tool, but I wanted to elaborate on how our enterprise offering, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, and how it expands the possibilities of Ansible for our customers in Red Hat's most recent release.
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform forges that open source innovation into a single, secure enterprise solution. We released our latest version Ansible Automation Platform 2.1 in December 2021, and there are a ton of new components, features and capabilities. So the technical marketing team put together a video tour of Ansible Automation Platform 2. It’s an 8 minute overview that we hope will provide automators with a useful guide to all of the new tools available to them, and how all the parts of Ansible Automation Platform fit together.
If you’re looking to learn more about a specific component of the platform, you can jump right to it:
- Automation controller - 00:00:46
- Automation mesh - 00:01:25
- Automation execution environments - 00:01:59
- Execution environment builder - 00:02:34
- Ansible content tools (highlight ansible-navigator) - 00:02:48
- Microsoft VS code plugin - 00:03:43
- Ansible Content Collections - 00:04:14
- Ansible automation hub - 00:05:03
- Private automation hub - 00:05:14
- Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Operator - 00:05:49
- Ansible Automation Platform bundled installer - 00:06:07
- Red Hat Insights for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform - 00:06:31
- Automation services catalog - 00:07:05
- Recap - 00:07:56
And while you’re exploring Ansible Automation Platform 2, here are some additional blogs to check out:
- I previously wrote, Introducing Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.1, which provides a holistic overview of each platform component and its purpose. This includes new tools like automation content navigator and execution environment builder.
- Craig Brandt did a deep dive on automation mesh, which allows the automation control plane and execution plane to be fully decoupled, making it easier to scale automation across the globe.
- Roger Lopez put a blog together on our newest reference architecture on deploying Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.1. This reference architecture focuses on providing a step-by-step deployment procedure to install and configure a highly available Ansible Automation Platform environment from start to finish.
- Last but not least, Dafné Mendoza wrote about what's new: network automation using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.1. Dafné, who has a deep technical background on all things networking, covers all our newest network automation content and how it integrates seamlessly with automation execution environments.
What can I do next?
Whether you are beginning your automation journey or a seasoned veteran, there are a variety of resources to enhance your automation knowledge:
- Self-paced exercises - We have interactive, in-browser exercises to learn and dive into Ansible Automation Platform.
- Trial subscription - Are you ready to install on-premises? Get your own trial subscription for unlimited access to all the components of Ansible Automation Platform.
- Developer license - Did you know that you can get a free developer license to learn in your home lab? Register and get access to all the latest tools, technologies and community that Red Hat has to offer.
- Subscribe to the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform YouTube channel. Be sure to check out our new web series, Automated Live hosted by Colin McNaughton.
- Follow Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform on Twitter - Do you have questions or an automation project you want to show off? Tweet at us!