Red Hat debuts Ansible Tower 3 with improved capabilities for scaling IT automation across enterprises



Red Hat announced Wednesday general availability of Ansible Tower 3, its enterprise-grade agentless automation platform. Ansible Tower 3 by Red Hat gives teams the power to scale automation across the enterprise including streamlined interface, more notifications, and explicit permissioning.

Ansible Tower empowers users to extend their automation solutions to their entire team, so they can build, share and scale automation cross-functionally and consistently as they build out their DevOps capabilities. The platform also helps scale IT automation, manage complex deployments and speed productivity; centralize and control IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling and graphical inventory management.

Tower features a streamlined interface, integrated notifications and enhanced permissions, and its REST API and CLI make it easy to embed Tower into existing tools and processes.

“We’ve been paying attention to how teams are using Tower to extend Ansible automation to many different aspects of their enterprises,” said Tim Cramer, Red Hat’s head of Ansible Engineering. “Ansible Tower 3 improves the user experience by making it more intuitive to set up and run automation jobs quickly. And, users can more easily extend permissions to team members, notifying the right people and systems of results in real-time.”

“Many DevOps teams depend on open source based automation, such as provided by Ansible and Ansible Tower, to streamline operations, reduce configuration errors, and accelerate time to market,” said Mary Johnston Turner, IDC’s research vice president. “Ansible Tower 3 adds important network and cloud integrations, as well as improved notifications and usability controls, that will help these teams further improve productivity across end to end desktop to deployment tool chains”

Built on top of the Ansible open source automation project, Tower 3 helps teams manage complex multi-tier application deployments by adding control, knowledge, and delegation to Ansible-powered environments. It includes features and integrations for IT administrators including a streamlined interface that helps teams better manage complex deployments and speed productivity; deliver integrated notification support, notifications can now be sent to specific recipients or entire teams through a variety of channels, including email, IRC, HipChat, Slack, and more making ChatOps for the enterprise possible.

It also delivers simplified permissions for role based access controls that allows for delegation across different users and teams. Its network management support in Ansible Tower builds on Ansible’s networking capabilities by adding a new permission type for the management of network devices, and integration with Red Hat offerings including Red Hat CloudForms for hybrid cloud management and Red Hat Satellite.

Ansible Tower 3 by Red Hat is now generally available for a free 30-day trial through Vagrant image, Amazon EC2 AMI, or download for on-premise or cloud installation. Ansible Tower is available via subscription tiers.

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