Red Hat will acquire Ansible in a bid to bolster the tools it can offer enterprises for managing hybrid cloud environments through DevOps and other initiatives.
The deal is expected to close this month. Terms were not disclosed, but at least one report suggests a purchase price above $100 million.
Red Hat declined to provide further details.
Once the acquisition is complete, Ansible will fill out Red Hat’s portfolio of IT management products, said Alessandro Perilli, general manager of Red Hat’s cloud management strategy.
While Red Hat CloudForms will continue to offer overall orchestration and policy enforcement, Ansible will automate the provisioning and configuration of infrastructure resources and applications within each architectural tier, Perilli wrote. Red Hat Satellite, meanwhile, will continue to enable the provisioning and configuration of Red Hat systems within each tier, including security patches and software updates.
“Red Hat customers will be able to adopt any of the three as standalone products, but we’ll work hard to tighten the integration between the three,” he wrote.
With the newly fleshed out portfolio, Red Hat will be able to help its customers deploy and manage applications across private and public clouds, speed service delivery through DevOps initiatives, ease OpenStack installations and upgrades and accelerate container adoption, the company said.
DevOps is a method for rapid enterprise software development in which development and IT operations teams work closely together, often tapping tools designed for collaboration, automation and flexibility.