Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.3 increases control, delivers better integration, greater scalability and container support



Red Hat Inc., provider of open source solutions, announced Wednesday general availability of Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.3, the latest version of its enterprise framework for automating and orchestrating IT operations. Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.3 includes an updated user interface, improved scaling and the ability to run Ansible Tower on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, Red Hat’s enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform.

The ability to collaborate across teams and platforms is a necessity in disparate IT environments. The latest version of Red Hat Ansible Tower helps to address this need by enabling organizations to take a more agile and consistent approach to managing Red Hat environments and hybrid infrastructure.

With new features in Ansible Tower 3.3, users can extend and scale automation across teams and IT footprints through enhanced delegation and permissions, integration with legacy processes and standards and an enhanced ability to share Ansible playbooks.

Additionally, to help organizations automate more flexibly and to match the structure of their infrastructure, Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.3 is now available as a pod service and configurable directly from Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, enabling users to add more capacity to Ansible Tower simply by adding more pods.

Simplifying what was previously a multi-step process, users can now scale Ansible Tower up and down at runtime as needed directly through Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform’s user interface, CLI and API.

Ansible Tower 3.3 now includes a redesigned user interface that puts more information at the user’s fingertips. Jobs and job templates now show more information at a glance, including inventory and credentials, enabling users to find information more quickly. Additionally, Ansible Tower 3.3 allows for even easier configuration of jobs for use in scheduling and workflows. Any item on a job that is configurable at launch, including inventory, credentials, even surveys, can have its configuration saved to be used in a workflow or in a schedule.

Scaling is critical for enterprise users and Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.3 builds on instance groups, which allow for reserving Tower cluster capacity for specific organizations, inventory, or jobs. New features in instance groups improve how to manage capacity in Tower without having to restart the cluster.

Users can now create tailored Ansible environments that include custom modules, custom libraries, and even multiple Ansible versions. Application teams can stay on their trusted version of Ansible Engine while other teams can upgrade on their schedules. The new version also allows for easier management of integrations, including improved authentication support, more granular control of LDAP, and the ability to create tokens for third-party applications directly from Ansible Tower.

“As more organizations move toward modernizing their infrastructure, tools that can work seamlessly across environments become a critical part of that equation,” said Joe Fitzgerald, vice president, Management, Red Hat. “Red Hat Ansible Tower can already run where it’s needed across hybrid environments and now with the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform functionality available in Ansible Tower 3.3 we take that a step further by making the platform consumable in more ways for even easier automation across infrastructures.”

Red Hat Ansible Tower 3.3 is available through ansible.com and the Red Hat Customer Portal.

 

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