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Ansible 2.2 is Now Generally Available

November 03, 2016

Red Hat Inc. has announced that Ansible 2.2, the latest version of its agentless open source IT automation framework, is now generally available. With this release the company has expanded its container and Windows automation, made performance enhancements, and introduced a collection of new modules.

“As enterprises seek to leverage open source-based management and automation solutions, this newest release of Ansible provides the updates and Docker functionality that development teams can use to incorporate multiple cloud platform capabilities and diversify their workloads,” said Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president of Enterprise System Management Software at IDC. “The networking module growth also shows Ansible’s commitment to bringing new network functionality in automation to users.”

Ansible, one of the most popular open source automation projects on GitHub, now enables users to manage Docker machine environments and automate their network layers simultaneously. Version 2.2 also now has network device support for Cisco, Dell, F5 Networks, Nokia SR-OS, Pluribus Networks (Open Netvisor), and VyOS. And expanded Cisco NX-OS support simplifies that operationalization of Virtual Extensible LAN programmable data center fabrics through automation.

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It features new capabilities for cloud services and platforms such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, and VMware. That includes support for Amazon Elastic File System, AWS Lambda, and Amazon Redshift; and new VMware virtual machine management modules. 

Release 2.2 also includes Ansible Roles, an updated self-contained, portable and reusable Ansible Playbook format that now allows for more flexibility.

“We are excited to see the results of the investments in our Ansible Core engineering team, as well as continued community momentum in our module development,” Tim Cramer, engineering director of Ansible at Red Hat commented. “Networking growth in Ansible has been exciting, covering more than 20 percent of all our modules. We are pleased to see continued momentum and commitment to building open source automation solutions for a wide variety of customers.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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