Today’s market expectations are forcing businesses to accelerate transformation and deliver new capabilities faster now than ever before. To that end, we’ve invested heavily in IBM Power’s automation technology stack and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is front and center. Back in 2020, we released a rich set of Red Hat Ansible Certified Content for IBM Power, including collections for AIX, IBM i, Linux, VIOS and HMC. The market response has been nothing short of amazing—that is, we’ve seen widespread adoption of Ansible Automation Platform as a vehicle for clients to streamline their operations and drive new innovations. Key use cases include configuration management, software installation, software patching and much more!
Continuing our journey to enable our clients’ automation needs, IBM is excited to announce the Technical Preview of Ansible Automation Platform running on IBM Power! Now, in addition to automating against IBM Power endpoints (e.g., AIX, IBM i, etc.), clients will be able to run Ansible Automation Platform components on IBM Power. In addition to IBM Power support for Ansible Automation Platform, Red Hat is also providing support for Ansible running on IBM Z Systems. Now, let’s dive into the specifics of what this entails.
The control plane for Ansible Automation Platform is the automation controller (formerly known as 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. The Tech Preview will provide automation controller running on Linux on IBM Power and on Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Power.
Automation Execution Environments
Automation execution environments are container images on which all automation in Ansible Automation Platform is run. They provide a defined, consistent, and portable environment for executing automation, and allow for easier administration of Ansible Automation Platform by the platform administrator. With execution environments, Ansible Automation Platform has been able to move to a distributed architecture. Having the automation execution decoupled from the control plane results in faster development cycles and improves scalability, reliability, agility, and portability across environments. The Tech Preview includes execution environment containers built for IBM Power.
As a part of Ansible Automation Platform, Event-Driven Ansible provides the event-handling capability needed to automate time-consuming tasks and respond to changing conditions in any IT domain. Event-Driven Ansible can process events containing discrete intelligence about conditions in the IT environment, determine the appropriate response to the event, then execute automated actions to address or remediate the event. IT service management tasks—such as ticket enhancement, remediation, and user management—are ideal starting points, but Event-Driven Ansible is flexible enough to automate a variety of tasks across your IT environment. Event-Driven Ansible is available as a Dev Preview and will run on IBM Power.
Ansible Automation Platform is an extremely powerful enterprise platform—and we've deeply connected it to the IBM Power platform. Based largely on client feedback, we continue to drive an exciting Ansible roadmap with our Red Hat colleagues.
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