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AnsibleWorks Announces New Products, Services and Support Offerings Around IT Automation Solution Ansible

Red Hat Veterans form Business to Champion Ansible, a radically simple Open Source IT management solution that focuses on ease of use, security, and powerful multi-tier orchestration

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AnsibleWorks, Inc., announced today its corporate launch to provide new products, services, support, and training for Ansible, a popular Open Source IT automation solution. AnsibleWorks will sponsor Ansible by funding full time developers, implementing new ecosystem services, and providing subscription services, training, and events to the Ansible community.    

AnsibleWorks was founded this year by Michael DeHaan and Said Ziouani.  Michael is the original creator of Ansible and other popular open source projects including the Cobbler install server platform, and previously worked with Red Hat's Emerging Technologies Group and Puppet Labs. Said Ziouani, a 10-year Red Hat veteran who helped establish Open Source as a viable business model building and selling Open Source products to Fortune 1000 companies.  He most recently served as Executive Vice President at Eucalyptus Systems, Inc.

Ansible was launched by DeHaan in 2012 as an Open Source project aimed at radically simplifying the orchestration and management of IT infrastructure. Ansible users are on the forefront of Big Data and analytics, including AppDynamics, Aerospike, Basho Technologies, Brainpage, Drawn To Scale, Lucky Sort, and eXelate, as well as major web properties such as and Gawker Media.

"System administrators and developers are looking for an orchestration solution that's simple to use and can encompass deployment, configuration and management, all in one," said Said Ziouani, CEO at AnsibleWorks. "In the increasingly complex world of IT management, whether on premise or in the cloud, it is clear that IT automation must be simpler and more intuitive. With Ansible, developers and sys admins spend less time maintaining complex automation scripts and more time adding real value to their companies and customers."

"AppDynamics uses Ansible for all of our OS and deployment tasks," said Thomas Morse, Director, IT and SaaS Operations at AppDynamics. "We have Ansible integrated with Gerrit for code review and do continuous deployment from Jenkins to all of our servers via Ansible playbooks every 15 minutes. Ansible is a great fit for us because of its ease of use and setup. Our team previously came from a Puppet and Chef background and love Ansible's modular python plug-in architecture."

Jim Bartus, Director of Tech Operations at Gawker Media, said "Gawker uses Ansible to automate deployment for the Kinja platform, powering sites such as, where it interacts with Jenkins and our Netscaler load-balancers to carefully roll out new builds across the application servers -- often more than ten times a day."

In addition to providing extreme simplicity that accelerates IT project time-to-value, Ansible breaks new ground in the IT automation space through a wide variety of capabilities:

  • It does not require any agent software running on remote machines
  • It uses the standard SSH channel by default for maximum security
  • It allows configuration in simple text, rather than writing software code

Ansible is especially appropriate for particular sets of IT organizations:

  • those concerned about network security or daemons with root access
  • those with complex multi-tier environments, such as application server and database tiers
  • those needing to perform rolling updates, work within outage windows, or maintain uptime using load balanced pools
  • those wishing to avoid vendor lock-in by keeping automation content in well-defined data formats.

About AnsibleWorks

AnsibleWorks is the company behind Ansible, the radically simple IT orchestration solution. Like Red Hat is to Linux, AnsibleWorks provides an Enterprise-ready orchestration platform to IT organizations around an open source platform. Working with our ever- increasing Open Source community and partner ecosystem, AnsibleWorks will aggregate key technologies and spearhead customer-driven and community innovations alike.  Our mission is to enable businesses to easily and securely manage large-scale computing infrastructures on-premise and in the cloud.

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Editorial Contact:
Lisa Sheeran
Sheeran Communication
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SOURCE AnsibleWorks, Inc.

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