Automation controller

The automation controller allows users of Red Hat® Ansible® Automation Platform to define, operate, scale, and delegate automation across their enterprise.

Note: Automation controller is the control plane for  Ansible Automation Platform. You will upgrade Ansible Tower to automation controller when migrating to Ansible Automation Platform 2. Ansible Tower will be supported through November 2022, with resources available in Red Hat Customer Portal.

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The control plane for Ansible Automation Platform is the automation controller (replacing Ansible Tower). It includes a user interface (UI),  role-based access control (RBAC), workflows, and continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) for helping your team scale with more efficiency and flexibility.

Automation controller helps standardize how automation is deployed, initiated, delegated, and audited, allowing enterprises to automate with confidence while reducing sprawl and variance.  Manage inventory, launch and schedule workflows, track changes, and integrate into reporting, all from a centralized user interface and RESTful API.

The automation controller now features the automation topology viewer, which can graphically visualize even the most complex automation topologies—including hop, execution, hybrid, and control nodes—across multiple sites.


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Automation controller overview



  • Refactored to PatternFly 4.0
  • Increased performance
  • Job output filters
  • Distinct “edit” and “read” views
  • Stricter Content Security Policy

PostgreSQL 12

  • Installed from RHEL modules
  • Partitioned access - increased performance


As Ansible Automation Platform continues to evolve, certain functionality has been decoupled (and will continue to be decoupled going forward) from what was formerly known as Ansible Tower. It made sense to adjust the name to better reflect these enhancements, and better position the capabilities within Ansible Automation Platform.

No, it can still be installed and run in physical and virtual environments on standalone Red Hat Enterprise Linux servers just as before in Ansible Automation Platform 1.x (Ansible Tower 3.x).

The supported container platform for deployments of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is Red Hat OpenShift. We are currently investigating the feasibility of adding support for certain Kuberentes implementations for use as execution platforms for automation via execution environments.

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