As the open-source computing tide rose, Ansible — which exists under the Red Hat Inc. umbrella — was one of the prominent boats lifted.
Now, as the project notches its 10-year milestone, it has made several announcements toward better integration into the existing cloud-native paradigm.
“I think you’re gonna see a lot more of this automation at scale,” said John Furrier, analyst at theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. “I love the introduction of operations as code; that’s a little piggyback off of infrastructure as code and infrastructure as configuration. They’re saying operations now is the new software model and it’s like OpsDev, not DevOps.”
As part of a day 1 keynote analysis during this week’s AnsibleFest event, Furrier and co-host Lisa Martin, industry analyst at theCUBE, dissected the keynote for signals on the project’s forward direction and new innovations in IT automation. (* Disclosure below.)
Swimming with the tides
Much of the day 1 keynote content focused on cultural shifts within the enterprise, as well as how Ansible’s automation technology is adjusting to them. The key takeaway focused on “configuration and automation around devices and infrastructure stuff is an enterprise architecture now,” according to Furrier.
“It’s not just a kind of a corner case or a specific use case,” he added. “It’s gonna be native across the entire enterprise architecture. And that’s why we heard a lot of cultural shift conversations.”
Part of that cultural shift, as Ansible stressed in the keynote, is the organizational onus of rethinking the approach to automation, where it transcends being “put in silos and pockets,” according to Martin. Automation, therefore, needs to become strategic across an organization.
“Ansible can sit across all the environments and then still support the cloud-native through an automation loop,” Furrier stated. “That’s going to really talk to what we’re seeing as multicloud or supercloud, where Ansible’s role of automating isn’t just corner case in the enterprise.”
Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of the AnsibleFest event:
(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for the AnsibleFest event. Neither Red Hat Inc., the main sponsor for theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)