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Automation at the Edge – Summit 2022

As some of you may know, Red Hat Summit was back in person in Boston last week. For those who are not familiar, Red Hat Summit is the premier enterprise open source event for IT professionals to learn, collaborate, and innovate on technologies from the datacenter and public cloud to the edge and beyond. Red Hat made a lot of exciting announcements, with several that included Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. If you could not make the event or would like to revisit some of the content, you can access any session on demand

One of the big announcements at Summit was the unveiling of new levels of security from the software supply chain to the edge. In Ansible Automation Platform 2.2, Red Hat is introducing a technical preview of Ansible content signing technology. The new capability helps with software supply chain security by enabling automation teams to validate that the automation content being executed in their enterprise is verified and trusted. 

With the announcement of this new edge capability, we showcased a session for Ansible and edge that is available on demand. The session “GitOps your distributed edge computing model with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform” Continue reading

Best of Fest: AnsibleFest 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined us over the past two days for the AnsibleFest 2020 virtual experience. We had such a great time connecting with Ansible lovers across the globe. In case you missed some of it (or all of it), we have some event highlights to share with you! If you want to go see what you may have missed, all the AnsibleFest 2020 content will be available on demand for a year. 

 

Community Updates

This year at AnsibleFest 2020, Ansible Community Architect Robyn Bergeron kicked off with her keynote on Tuesday morning. We heard how with Ansible Content Collections, it’s easier than ever to use Ansible the way you want or need to, as a contributor or an end user. Ansible 2.10 is now available, and Robyn explained how the feedback loop got us there. If you want to hear more about the Ansible community project, go watch Robyn’s keynote on demand

 

Product Updates

Ansible’s own Richard Henshall talked about the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform product updates and new releases. In 2018, we unveiled the Ansible certified partner program and now we have over 50 platforms certified. We are bridging traditional Continue reading

AnsibleFest 2020 Live Q&A

We are less than a week away from AnsibleFest 2020! We can’t wait to connect with you and help you connect with other automation lovers. We have some great content lined up for this year’s virtual experience and that includes some amazing Live Q&A Sessions. This year, you will be able to get your questions answered from Ansible experts, Red Hatters and Ansible customers. Let’s dive into what you can expect. 

 

Tuesday, October 13

11am

Live Q&A: Get all your network automation questions answered with Brad Thornton, Iftikhar Khan and Sean Cavanaugh

In this session, a panel of experts discuss a wide range of use cases around network automation.  They will talk about the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and the product direction including Ansible Network Collections, resource modules and managing network devices in a GitOps model. Bring your questions for the architects and learn more about how Red Hat is helping organizations operationalize automation in their network while bridging gaps between different IT infrastructure teams.

 

Live Q&A: Bridging traditional, container, and edge platforms through automation with Joe Fitzgerald, Ashesh Badani, and Stefanie Chiras

Join this panel discussion, moderated by Kelly Fitzpatrick (Redmonk), to hear from Continue reading

Customer Spotlights at AnsibleFest 2020

AnsibleFest 2020 will be here before we know it, and we cannot wait to connect with everyone in October. We have some great content lined up for this year’s virtual experience and that includes some amazing customer spotlights. This year you will get to hear from CarMax, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, T-Mobile, PRA International and CEPSA. These customers are using Ansible in a variety of ways, and we hope you connect to their incredible stories of teamwork and transformative automation.

 

Customer Spotlights

Benjamin Blizard, a Network Engineer at T-Mobile, will explore how T-Mobile transformed from a disparate organization with difficulty enforcing standards to a collaborative group of engineers working from repeatable templates and processes. T-Mobile, a major telecommunications provider, uses Ansible Automation Platform to standardize processes across their organization. Ben will show how automation supports T-Mobile’s compliance standards, data integrity, and produces speed and efficiency for network teams. 

 

What Next?

Join us for AnsibleFest 2020 to hear from more customer like T-mobile talk about their automation journey. Make sure to go and register today and check out the session catalog that lists all the content that we have prepared for you this year. We look Continue reading

AnsibleFest 2020 – The Biggest AnsibleFest EVER

It is almost that time of year again for everyone’s favorite automation event! 2020 has given us our fair share of change (and then some). But we’re not just facing new challenges. We’re adapting to them and innovating to overcome them together. We’re distributed yet we’re connected -- connected to new technologies, to new ways of working, and most importantly, to each other.

This year’s AnsibleFest is now a virtual experience, and we are using this opportunity to engage and collaborate with Ansible users across the globe. It will be a free virtual experience where our communities can connect to a wider audience to collaborate and solve problems. The venue may be different this year, but it is still the same AnsibleFest you know and love.

 

Keynotes

This year we have a great lineup of keynote speakers. We have brought together a group of people rich with Ansible knowledge, tapped to share meaningful insights with you right at home:

  • Richard Henshall, Senior Manager for Product Management - Ansible Product Updates
  • Matt Jones, Ansible Senior Principal Software Engineer - The Future of Automation
  • Chris Wright, Red Hat CTO - Automation at the Edge
  • Robyn Bergeron, Senior Principal Community Architect - Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Tech Deep Dives

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Only one more week until AnsibleFest 2019 comes to Atlanta! We talked with Track Lead Sean Cavanaugh to learn more about the Technical Deep Dives track and the sessions within it. 

 

Who is this track best for? 

 

You've written playbooks. You've automated deployments. But you want to go deeper - learn new ways you could use Ansible you haven't thought of before. Extend Ansible for new functionality. Dig deep into new use cases. Then Tech Deep Dives is for you. This track is best suited for someone with existing Ansible knowledge and experience that already knows the nomenclature. It is best for engineers who want to learn how to take their automation journey to the next level. This track includes multiple talks from Ansible Automation developers, and it is your chance to ask them direct questions or provide feedback.  

 

What topics will this track cover? 

 

This track is about automation proficiency. Talks range from development and testing of modules and content to building and operationalizing automation to scale for your enterprise.  Think about best practices, but then use those takeaways to leverage automation for your entire organization.  



What should Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Ansible Automation

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AnsibleFest is right around the corner and we are excited to go to Atlanta! We talked with Track Lead Colin McNaughton to learn more about the Ansible Automation track and the sessions within it. 

 

Who is this track best for? 

This track is best for existing users, story-tellers, curious adopters and enterprise architects. 

 

What topics will this track cover? 

This track will include conversations and presentations guided by existing Ansible Automation customers. Sessions in this track will expand on how the application of key components of Ansible change along the road to enterprise adoption of Ansible Automation. Attend sessions in this track to learn about how others manage inventories, create cloud infrastructure defined as code, and other lessons learned from real world deployments.

 

What should attendees expect to learn from this track? 

Attendees can expect to hear stories from real world experience in automating in diverse ecosystems and discussions around applying and scaling core tenets of Ansible Automation.

 

Where would you expect to find attendees to this track to hangout online?

If attendees are looking to learn more or have questions after AnsibleFest, online communities like message board style communities, Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Culture and Collaboration

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Now that AnsibleFest is right around the corner, we wanted to take a closer look at each of the tracks that we will offer. We talked with Track Lead Brian Coursen and asked him a few questions about the Culture and Collaboration Track and sessions within the track.  

 

Who is this track best for? 

This track is best for attendees that want to see how Ansible is used and how it brings people and teams together in the workplace.

 

What topics will this track cover? 

Topics will include how to create an automation culture as well as highlight some automation use cases. This will include minimizing business unit conflict with patch automation, how to build an open source network service orchestrator using Ansible at the core, and why automation isn't just a passing fad but a necessity in today's enterprise.

 

What should attendees expect to learn from this track? 

Attendees will learn about DevOps culture and automation. They will also learn about how places like National Weather Service Southern Region; Datacom; and the British financial institution, RBS, are all using Ansible to create a culture of collaboration. 

 

Where would you Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Infrastructure Automation

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AnsibleFest is only a few short weeks away and we are excited to share with you all the great content and sessions we have lined up! On the Ansible blog, we have been taking a closer look at each of the breakout session tracks so that attendees can better personalize their AnsibleFest experience. We sat down with Track Lead Dylan Silva to find out more about the Infrastructure Automation Track and sessions within the track.  

 

Who is this track best for? 

This track is best for sysadmins that are looking for information related to general infrastructure automation with Ansible.

 

What topics will this track cover? 

Sessions in this track will cover bare-metal, server administration, and inventory management, among other related topics. There will be a session covering the automation of VMware infrastructure using REST APIs, how to use Ansible against your vSphere environment, how to use Ansible to pull approved firewall change requests from our change management system, and much more. 

 

What should attendees expect to learn from this track? 

Attendees should expect to learn best practices related to infrastructure management. This includes scaling Ansible for loT deployments, taking a closer Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Ansible Integrations

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With AnsibleFest less than a month away we wanted to take a closer look at each of the session tracks to help you make your experience as personalized as possible. We talked with Track Lead Bill Nottingham and asked him a few questions about the Ansible Integrations Track and sessions within the track. 

 

Who is this track best for? 

In Ansible Integrations, we’re highlighting integrations of Ansible with other technologies. This track is best for people who manage a large variety of varied infrastructure, and are interested in how Ansible can help manage in new areas. It’s also useful for those interested in building integrations with Ansible for their own platforms.

 

What topics will this track cover? 

In Ansible Integrations, we’ll highlight the impact of Ansible combined with a variety of technologies and use cases. We will highlight how Ansible allows easy management of application lifecycles, how Ansible helps enable management of containers in the public cloud, how XLAB worked to build certified collections for Ansible, how to customize your base operating system image and much more! 

 

What should attendees expect to learn from this track? 

Attendees should expect to learn Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Security Automation

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Security Automation seems to be a growing topic of interest. This year at AnsibleFest we will have a track for Security Automation. We talked with Track Lead Massimo Ferrari to learn more about the Security Automation track and the sessions within it. 

 

Who is this track best for? 

This track is intended for professionals in security operations and vulnerability management who want to learn how Ansible can support and simplify their activities, and automation experts tasked to expand the footprint of their automation practice and support security teams in their organization.

 

What topics will this track cover? 

Sessions included in this track cover how to introduce and consume Ansible Automation in different stages of maturity of a security or cross-functional organization. They include guidance from Red Hat subject matter experts, customer stories and technical deep downs from partners that are suitable for both automation veterans and security professionals looking at automation for the first time.

 

What should attendees expect to learn from this track? 

People attending the sessions in this track will learn how Ansible can be leveraged in security environments to support activities like incident investigation and response, compliance enforcement and Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Getting Started

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On Wednesday we took a closer look at the Networking Automation track. Soon you will be able to start building out your schedule for AnsibleFest, so we want to help you figure out what tracks and sessions will be best for you! We talked with Track Lead Jake Jackson to learn more about the Getting Started track and the sessions within it. 

 

Who is this track best for? 

This track is best for people who are new to Ansible, whether that is in application or in concept. Many of these breakout sessions are introductory in nature for people who want to learn more about Ansible and how it works.

 

What topics will this track cover? 

This track will cover several topics. It includes introductions to Ansible and Ansible Tower, and a deeper dive into Ansible inventories. It also discusses bite-size ways to automate and manage Windows the same way you would linux. There will also be a session that introduces using Ansible in CI and analyzing roles.

 

What should attendees expect to learn from this track? 

Attendees can expect to learn the basics of Ansible and Ansible Tower from this track. They Continue reading

AnsibleFest Atlanta – Network Automation

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Now that the agenda for AnsibleFest is live, we wanted to take a closer look at each of the tracks that we will offer. Soon you will be able to start building out your schedule for AnsibleFest, so we want to help you figure out what tracks and sessions will be best for you! We talked with Track Lead Andrius Benokraitis to learn more about the Network Automation track and the sessions within it. 

 

Who is this track best for? 

This track is best for Network Operators, Network Engineers, Cloud Operators, and DevOps Engineers. It is great for people who are looking to learn more about automating the configuration, management and operations of a computer network.

 

What topics will this track cover? 

This track will cover topics that include operational application of Red Hat Ansible Automation for network use cases, including devices such as: switches, routers, load balancers, firewalls. We will also be discussing different point of views: Developer of modules vs. User and implementer of modules and roles. There will also be a discussion around how enterprises are using Ansible Automation as a platform for large scale network deployments.

 

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AnsibleFest Atlanta – Here We Come!

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AnsibleFest Atlanta is September 24th - 26th at the Hilton Atlanta, a few short blocks from Centennial Olympic Park. This year is going to be bigger and better than ever. As AnsibleFest continues to grow, so does its offerings. We are excited to offer more breakout sessions, more hands-on workshops, and more Ask an Expert sessions. This year we have expanded our AnsibleFest programming to offer 10 different tracks. We are also introducing the Open Lounge this year, which is a place to network, relax and recharge. It provides a great opportunity to meet and connect with passionate Ansible users, developers, and industry partners. 

The AnsibleFest Agenda is live. Thank you to everyone who answered the call for submission. It was a challenge to narrow down the sessions from the record-setting  submissions we received. We love our community, customers, partners, and appreciate everyone who contributed. 

For those who are not familiar with AnsibleFest, or have not attended the event before, below are a few  highlights of AnsibleFest that you won’t want to miss.

General Sessions

We have some amazing general sessions planned this year. The opening keynote at AnsibleFest will feature talks from Red Hat Ansible Automation Continue reading