Configuration management

Automation for reliable, consistent, compliant operations

Now more than ever, your IT enterprise teams are managing a complex array of applications and  systems, including clouds, networks, storage, servers, and edge devices. Over time, the introduction of even minor inconsistencies or misconfiguration errors leads to configuration drift and ultimately performance, security, compliance issues, and outages. 

Automation is essential to establishing reliable, consistent IT operations—with less downtime and improved return on investment. With automation, your team can deploy and decommission infrastructure components in just minutes (instead of hours or days), establish and maintain desired configuration states across multiple systems, and ensure compliance.


Ansible Automation Platform for simplicity and functionality

Red Hat® Ansible® Automation Platform is a robust platform that assumes the work of disparate solutions to help you establish a target baseline for systems, tackle system installations and updates, validate change requests, and more using easy-to-understand Ansible playbooks. You can bring your IT operations teams and developers together using a shared language and common framework.  

With Ansible Automation Platform, you can: 

  • Establish and maintain desired baselines for systems to meet compliance
  • Reduce drift, outages, and downtime by ensuring consistent system settings
  • Lower risk of security breaches and other incidents through patch management
  • Secure your automation through role-based access control and change request management
  • Minimize human error by automating operational tasks
  • Reduce skill requirements across multiple domains
  • Eliminate siloed teams and processes by consolidating on a single, flexible platform
  • Scale your automation anywhere–on premise, in the cloud, or at the network edge


Customers using Ansible Automation Platform for configuration management achieve:  

  • 76% reduction in unplanned downtime
  • 30% more efficient IT infrastructure management

Source: IDC, The Business Value of Ansible Automation Platform, October 2021 


Why use Ansible Automation Platform for configuration management?

Agentless and secure

Ansible Automation Platform is agentless—executing tasks and delivering all modules via Open Secure Shell Protocol (OpenSSH) to securely declare the desired configuration of your systems. OpenSSH is recognized for its secure, lightweight performance (essential for edge devices) and support across cloud platforms including AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. By not requiring remote server agents, Ansible Automation Platform has a very low attack surface. 


Ansible Automation Platform uses a declarative model that lets you describe the "what" (desired state of your systems and services) versus the "how" (steps to achieve that desired state). This goal-centric approach makes it easier for your IT operations teams to quickly start automating  and supports reliable, idempotent infrastructure configuration. 


Ansible Automation Platform includes access to over 125 certified content collections from more than 60 industry partners through the Red Hat hybrid cloud console. Using pre-built playbooks and modules, Ansible Content Collections help you jump-start automation for configuration management around specific platforms and use cases and share content across teams for greater collaboration and efficiency.  

With automation analytics and Red Hat Insights, you have full visibility into the performance of your automation. You can measure drift—comparing systems against each other or a baseline— and monitor and proactively resolve infrastructure issues, which minimizes compliance risks, threats, and potential downtime. You can also prioritize your automation projects based on time- or cost-savings, and track the success of your automation tasks.

Considering a Red Hat subscription? 

No matter where you are on your automation journey, Red Hat can help. 

Ansible Automation Platform is a comprehensive, integrated solution that helps you automate for velocity, collaboration, and growth. It delivers open source innovation, hardened for your enterprise–so you can boost productivity and reduce time-to-completion for new projects.   

With a Red Hat subscription, you get certified content, a robust partner ecosystem, access to hosted management services, and life cycle technical support that allows your teams to create, manage, and scale automation across your organization. And you’ll get expert knowledge gained from our success with thousands of customers.

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Additional resources for automating configuration management


Red Hat named a leader in infrastructure automation
Forrester Research named Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform a leader in The Forrester WaveTM: Infrastructure Automation, Q1, 2023—with the highest score in the strategy category.
Want some hands-on experience?
Red Hat offers interactive labs in a preconfigured Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform environment. You can use these labs to experiment, practice, and learn how to create, manage, and scale network and IT practices efficiently—from rapid development and deployment, to simplified operations and analytics, to consistent end-to-end user experiences.

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