Red Hat has announced it will be acquiring two-year old IT automation business Ansible, with the intention of adding the businesses DevOps toolset to their code deployment and management portfolio for businesses looking to develop cloud-native and traditional applications across hybrid cloud environments.
The upstream Ansible project is one of the most popular open source automation projects on GitHub with an active and highly engaged community, encompassing nearly 1,200 contributors, which has led to Ansible automation being used by over 500 businesses worldwide. Including a growing number of Fortune 100 companies such as Atlasssian, Cisco, ES Sports, Evernote, Juniper, Verisign and Verizon, plus the business was also named as one of the Cool Vendors in DevOps by Gartner in 2015.
One of the reasons for its popularity and probably the reason Red Hat has chosen Ansible is because of its “agentless approach” and the ability to use Ansible without any special coding skills. Additionally, by adding Ansible to its hybrid management portfolio, Red Hat will add the ability for users to:
- Deploy and manage applications across private and public clouds.
- Speed service delivery through DevOps initiatives.
- Streamline OpenStack installations and upgrades.
- Accelerate container adoption by simplifying orchestration and configuration.
Ansible and Ansible Tower – the commercial product that provides the user-interface to centrally execute and monitor Ansible playbooks - will sit alongside Red Hat’s CloudForms open management orchestration platform, and lifecycle management solution Red Hat Satellite in the businesses open hybrid cloud and IT management portfolio.
Red Hat didn’t reveal the amount they paid for the 50 employee business but they did reveal that the business won’t contribute significantly to Red Hat’s costs and revenues
Speaking about the acquistion Saïd Ziouani, co-founder and CEO, Ansible said “We're thrilled that Red Hat, a global leader in open source, has chosen Ansible to tackle the future of IT automation and systems management. This is a strong validation that Ansible's simplicity, enterprise customer base and robust community is winning in enterprise IT automation, from compute to networking to cloud to containers."
Toe read more about why Red Hat bought Ansible see Alessandro Perilli, General Manager of Cloud Management Strategy at Red Hat’s blog post “Why Red Hat acquired Ansible”