Red Hat today announced that the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform is now available on Google Cloud to simplify the management of yet another cloud platform.
Using the Ansible Automation Platform, it’s now possible for IT teams that invoke Google Cloud to access pre-integrated services such as Google Virtual Private Cloud, security groups, load balancers and compute and instance groups.
Pete Cruz, head of product and technical marketing for Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Red Hat, said Google Cloud—alongside existing support for rival cloud services—will make it simpler to consistently apply automation across multiple cloud and on-premises IT environments.
In addition, IT teams can also count the consumption of the Ansible Automation Platform toward any existing enterprise spend agreements with Google.
Ansible has emerged as a de facto standard for IT automation and is widely embraced by IT vendors and cloud service providers. That level of support has fostered the creation of a level of automation content that is now unrivaled by any other automation framework, noted Cruz.
In the meantime, the pressure to automate IT processes is building during uncertain economic times. As IT environments continue to become more complex—thanks, in part, to the rise of cloud-native applications—many IT organizations are finding it more challenging to convince business executives to hire additional full-time employees. As a result, many of those IT organizations are now looking to automate as many processes as possible as more workloads are distributed from the network edge to the cloud.
Rather than create a single playbook to automate every IT process on an end-to-end basis, organizations generally mix-and-match content created by others to automate workflows across highly distributed computing environments, noted Cruz.
The biggest challenge when automating IT processes is simply overcoming inertia. Many processes are still manual simply because they always have been. In other cases, IT teams are still relying on undocumented scripts created by IT administrators who have left the organization. As the IT environment continues to evolve, it’s not likely those scripts will continue to scale.
One way or another, IT is becoming more automated. The irony is that after using IT to automate almost every business process imaginable, it’s only recently that IT teams are getting around to automating their own workflows. Many of the rote tasks that used to be performed by entry-level personnel have been steadily disappearing thanks to automation.
DevOps teams, of course, have always been ruthlessly committed to automating as many IT processes as possible in the name of efficiency. The rise of Ansible, however, makes it easier for every IT organization to achieve that same goal because they don’t have to wait for a specialist to create a playbook to automate a process. An Ansible playbook that can be easily customized or extended often already exists. The real issue may simply be knowing where to look for it.