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What is included in your Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform subscription?
Self-Hosted and/or on-premises components
For installation onto Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8:
All software that is self-hosted (installed onto your equipment whether it is bare metal, virtual machines, or public cloud instances) is installed via the Ansible Automation Platform Installation Program as outlined in the documentation.
For installation onto Red Hat Openshift:
The Ansible Automation Platform Operator is only available on Ansible Automation Platform 2.0 and newer versions
This can be found in your Openshift OperatorHub, please refer to the documentation
Ansible Automation Platform is supported on both Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 and Red Hat Openshift
Automation controller is how you manage your automation with the Ansible Automation Platform. With automation controller you can centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications and graphical inventory management. Easily embed automation controller into existing tools and processes with the REST API and a CLI.
Private automation hub
Allows automation creators to collaborate and publish their own automation content and streamline Ansible code within their own organizations. Organizations can now manage and control the lifecycle of their Ansible content as their needs scale across the hybrid cloud.
Private automation hub can also store execution environments. You can read more about Private automation hub here
Automation content navigator
ansible-navigator tool is a CLI/TUI tool that is the primary interface for Ansible content developers to write and test Ansible playbooks with automation execution environments. This provides a consistent method to develop and execute Ansible content bound for automation controller. It uses execution environment containers as the foundational piece of the content development cycle, without having to worry about potential execution mismatches between a developer environment and production environment (Ansible automation controller).
Automation execution environments
Automation execution environments are container images that can be utilized as Ansible control nodes. They contain the Python package dependencies (for example: boto3 for Amazon Web Services), system level dependencies (for example: Linux packages gcc, jq) and Ansible content collections bundled with a version of ansible-core to create a self-contained runtime environment for your Ansible playbooks. Both command-line
ansible-navigator and the WebUI/API driven automation controller can execute execution environments making it easier to go from creating and testing your automation playbooks to operatilizing and putting them into production quicker and more effortlessly.
Execution environment builder
ansible-builder command line tool that creates new execution environments or layers new required assets and dependencies into existing execution environment containers. This tool ensures all components needed for Ansible execution, such as Ansible Core, Python packages and all collections are added to the container.
Automation Mesh is an overlay network for your automation infrastructure. The control plane (Automation controller) and the execution plane (Automation execution environments) can now be separated. With automation mesh, you can create execution nodes right next to what you are automating (for example a branch office in Johannesburg, South Africa) while execution is deployed on our automation controller in Durham, North Carolina.
Ansible content tools
In addition to
ansible-builder, there are additional fully-supported tools to help create automation content. For example, the command line tool
ansible-test is included to help IT automators test their automation content. [documentation].
Ansible Content Collections
Ansible Content Collections are a packaging standard for Ansible Automation Content. They can contain roles, modules, plugins and more. They lower your barrier of entry to automation with a consistent content delivery mechanism, including pre-built automation content from partners and Red Hat. Certified Content Collections are certified by Red Hat and supported by both Red Hat and partners.
Hosted Services on console.redhat.com
Your Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform includes unlimited access to value-added hosted services for you automation:
- Red Hat Insights for Ansible Automation Platform
- Automation hub
- Automation services catalog
Red Hat Insights for Ansible Automation Platform
Red Hat Insights for Ansible Automation Platform provides a visual dashboard, health notifications, and organizational statistics across different teams using Ansible, and is accessible directly from your console.redhat.com portal. With Red Hat Insights, you can identify, troubleshoot, and resolve operational, business, and security issues across your entire ecosystem, and gain full visibility into the ROI of your automation projects.
This hosted service is the official location to discover and download supported and certified Ansible Content Collections, included as part of your Ansible Automation Platform subscription. These content collections contain ways to consume automation, as well as how-to guides for implementing this content in your infrastructure.
Automation services catalog
The automation services catalog is part of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, giving developers and business users access to the four areas where their automation lives - across physical, virtual, cloud and container environments. It simultaneously gives enterprise and line of business users the governance they need to meet compliance and governance requirements around automation.
Your Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Subscription includes access to either standard 8x5 or premium 24x7 award winning support.
For more information on support please refer to the Red Hat support page:
*Support is not provided for self-support and trials;please speak to your Red Hat Account Team. If you are not sure who your account team is please contact Red Hat here: https://access.redhat.com/support/contact/sales
Your Red Hat account and subscription also gets you access to (including trial subscriptions):
Value of a subscription
Learn how you can gain flexibility and innovation from open source—innovation that is reinforced with proven enterprise-grade quality and performance—and break free from lock-in.
Still not convinced on the value of a subscription? Please refer to the Red Hat page The value of a Red Hat subscription
Check out the numerous Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform success stories:
Check out our case studies
- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina was able to reduce a VM provisioning process from 20 hours per VM to 30 minutes per VM, running more than 200,000 playbooks over two years
When using the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Trial, found at https://red.ht/try_ansible there are two parts provided by the trial website:
The download for Ansible Automation Platform. This includes all the on-premises components as identified above (Automation controller, Private Automation Hub, ansible-navigator, ansible-builder, etc)
Entitlements for Ansible Automation Platform.
The entitlements will show under your Red Hat Subscription Management on https://access.redhat.com. The entitlements will show up shortly after activating your subscription (or trial subscription).
Once Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform subscription shows up, your account will allow you to access hosted services on https://console.redhat.com
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Subscription Information
Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Infrastructure Subscription provides a qty of 10 Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances - MCT4022
For Ansible Automation Platform 2+, which includes Automation controller 4+ (formerly Ansible Tower) will only support running on RHEL 8+. Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform Infrastructure Subscription provides a quantity of ten (10) RHEL instances. Each MCT4022 subscription covers 1 system, regardless of if it is physical or virtual and regardless of sockets. It is a straight count. So MCT4022 covers 10 physical servers or 10 virtual nodes and is for the sole purpose for the customer to only run Ansible Automation Platform. MCT4022 is added automatically to a customer's account upon order fulfillment.