Red Hat Ansible Automation Certification Program offers tested solutions for automating across environments at scale



Red Hat announced the Red Hat Ansible Automation Certification Program to more readily deliver tested, trusted and supported Red Hat Ansible Automation. With more than two million customer systems now managed by Red Hat Ansible Tower, the certification program is intended to help further accelerate user deployment times by providing improved security, reliability and consistency of content.

Red Hat Ansible Automation and Red Hat Ansible Tower users can use the program to find and access certified modules, including those from third-parties.

Regardless of whether a module originates from Red Hat or a partner, all content within the program undergoes rigorous evaluation and testing. Additionally, the certified content will have a similar lifecycle to Ansible Engine, are regularly re-evaluated for certification qualification over time, and are fully-backed with Red Hat’s support.

As IT infrastructures grow in complexity, the need for automation becomes more pressing. To help address the challenge, Red Hat is driving Ansible into more domains and expanding the supported use-cases for automation across infrastructure, networks and containers, enabling users to automate more tasks in more ways.

In addition, to help organizations more securely expand their automation, Red Hat is now offering certified Ansible content, helping users mitigate risks and security concerns associated with consuming automation content from unknown sources.

Ansible Modules and Plugins that are developed through Red Hat and partners can be submitted to the program, where they are scanned against known vulnerabilities, checked for compatibility and validated to work in production. This provides assurances to end users that a certified module will perform as expected in mission-critical environments.

At introduction, Cisco (ACI, NSO, NX-OS, and UCS product families), CyberArk, F5 Networks, Infoblox, NetApp and Nokia are all participating in the certification program. Together, these ecosystem partners are expected to offer more than 275 Ansible Certified modules, in addition to what Red Hat currently supports, helping expand the breadth of enterprise automation.

“The sheer complexity of modern IT environments make automation a necessity, but production environments require automation tools that are tested and trusted to work in tandem with critical systems,” said Joe Fitzgerald, vice president, Management, Red Hat. “With certified Ansible modules available through the Red Hat Ansible Automation Certification Program, we are providing users with ready access to rigorously tested content with performance that has been verified, all backed by the support and expertise for which Red Hat is known.”

“Automation is a key focus for modern data centers, and Cisco is delighted to be a partner in the Red Hat Ansible Automation Certification Program,” said Ranga Rao, senior director for product management and solutions engineering at Cisco. “The combined capabilities of Ansible, Cisco ACI, NXOS and UCS enable IT organizations to simplify the management of their day-0 , day-1 and day-2 operations in mission critical production environments.”

“CyberArk supports the goals of the Red Hat Ansible Automation Certification Program to give organizations the confidence they need to further embrace automation, while prioritizing security,” said Adam Bosnian, executive vice president, Global Business Development, CyberArk. “CyberArk’s inclusion in the Certification Program is another step toward building privileged access security into modern infrastructure initiatives, adding credibility and support for our joint solutions. This milestone also extends CyberArk’s integrations across the Red Hat portfolio to broaden our reach and impact within global organizations.”

“With the Red Hat Ansible Automation Certification Program, our joint customers will get the end to end support on automating F5 application services that mission-critical environments demand,” said Calvin Rowland, senior vice president, Business Development, F5 Networks.

 

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