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Red Hat has updated its Ansible Engine open source IT automation solution with the new 2.6 release. The latest version adds new content for automating across hybrid and multicloud environments, along with simplified connections to network APIs and updates for Ansible deployments overseeing Windows environments.

When Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6 combines with Red Hat Ansible Tower, Red Hat’s centralized control plane for managing and optimizing automated systems at enterprise scale, organizations can more easily extend automation across complex footprints. This includes hybrid and multicloud environments as well as diverse infrastructure, network, and application deployments.

The new features available in Ansible Engine are aimed at enabling users to more rapidly expand their infrastructure, without expanding manpower.

Red Hat Ansible Engine 2.6 focuses on three key areas of automation: Multicloud, Network and Windows.

Additionally, with the new capabilities in Ansible Engine 2.6, users can now more easily and programmatically extend Ansible in their environments with new plugins for Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat Virtualization, Amazon EC2, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

This enhancement is designed to streamline how Ansible calls inventories and receives data back, helping to make inventory modules easier to maintain and upgrade.

Ansible Galaxy 3.0
Red Hat also recently launched a new version of its Ansible Galaxy service, a public-facing hub for community and partner-generated Ansible Roles to make it easier to find and share Ansible content.
This latest version of Ansible Galaxy features an improved user interface, modernized code base, and new containerized infrastructure provided by Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated.

This release also adds support for OpenShift Ansible Broker content to define and distribute multi-container services on Red Hat OpenShift Dedicated using the greater simplicity and power of Ansible Automation.