Make Consistent Enterprise Automation a Reality with Ansible Content for AIX and IBM i

July 2, 2020 by Steve Sibley

As we navigate through unprecedented times, the spotlight is on enhancing IT resilience and ensuring business continuity. We see that enterprises are experiencing shifts in market conditions and automation can be a key to rapidly responding to changes. With many enterprises having hybrid IT and multiple operating system environments, each with its own tooling and processes, implementing a consistent automation strategy to help scale and maximize impact has been a challenge. This is where Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform can help, by more easily enabling automation across different IT environments.

Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform provides automation in areas that span across development, DevOps, compute, network, storage, applications, security, and Internet of Things (IoT). A common request we at IBM had been getting from our users was for Ansible Automation support of AIX and IBM i operating systems. Red Hat and IBM are pleased to announce the general availability of Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Power Systems.  Red Hat Ansible certification involves Red Hat testing the Collections developed by IBM and a commitment to provide enterprise support. The Collections for AIX and IBM i are maintained and supported by IBM.

Ansible content for AIX and IBM i helps enable IBM Power Systems users to integrate these operating systems into their existing Ansible-based enterprise automation approach. Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Power Systems, delivered with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, is designed to provide easy to use modules that can accelerate the automation of operating system configuration management. Users can also take advantage of the open source Ansible community-provided content to automate hybrid cloud operations on IBM Power Systems.


Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for AIX and IBM i configuration management

Ansible users have requested a rich set of modules for AIX and IBM i configuration management. To that end, we’ve introduced several certified Ansible modules to automate operations such as patching (e.g., service packs and PTFs), user and group management, boot management, running commands and SQL queries, managing object authority! More information can be found here.


Ansible community-provided content for cloud operations on IBM Power Systems

Not only that, with AIX and IBM i applications running in a hybrid cloud environment, you can leverage Ansible community provided modules (i.e. no enterprise support available) to automate cloud operations such as deploying a virtual machine, creating networks, storage volumes, working with flavors, etc. Here are some resources that will help you to get started quickly –

  • Community provided content for AIX and IBM i
  • Check out this example to provision IBM Power Systems in IBM Cloud

We hope these new capabilities help you to break down traditional technology silos and make a consistent enterprise automation strategy a reality!


*This blog was co-written by Tom Anderson, VP of Product Management for Ansible


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Steve Sibley

Steve Sibley is the Vice President, Offering Management of IBM Power Systems

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