Red Hat is buying Ansible for $100M

Red Hat, the leader provider of open source solutions, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Ansible. In terms of business, Ansible Inc. is a provider of IT automation solutions deigned to help businesses and enterprises move toward frictionless IT.

It is also a free software platform for configuring and managing computers. It combines multi-node software deployment, configuration management and ad hoc task execution. Ansible manages nodes over SSH or PowerShell and requires Python (2.4 or later) to be installed on them. Modules work over JSON and standard output and can be written in any programming language. The system uses YAML to express reusable descriptions of systems.

Now Red Hat, by adding Ansible to its hybrid portofolio will help customers to:

  • Speed service delivery through DevOps initiatives.
  • Deploy and manage applications across private and public clouds.
  • Streamline OpenStack installations and upgrades.

Written mostly in Python, Ansible’s open-source software has gained popularity, but the startup also offers premium Tower software and consulting services. The software allows developers to more easily set up and manage IT infrastructure for applications at scale. For instance, Ansible can speed up the rollout of OpenStack Ceph storage software across companies’ data center infrastructure, according to a recent blog post from Red Hat.

With acquisition of Ansible, Red Hat’s open hybrid cloud and IT management solutions will include:

  • Red Hat Satellite, a comprehensive lifecycle management solution with integrated infrastructure provisioning, patch management, software distribution and auditing capabilities.
  • Red Hat CloudForms, an open management platform that provides orchestration, governance and policy based control across hybrid clouds enabling self-service provisioning, and resource management as well as quota enforcement, metering and chargeback.
  • Ansible and Ansible Tower, an IT automation and DevOps platform that provides significantly simplified multitier application deployment and IT automation acroos hybrid clouds.

The acquisition of Ansible, according to insiders, is expected to have no material impact to Red Hat’s revenue for the third and fourth quarters of its fiscal year ending Feb. 29, 2016. Red Hat expects that non-GAAP operating expenses for fiscal year 2016 will increase by approximately $2.0 million, or $0.01 per share, in the third quarter and approximately $4.0 million, or $0.02 per share, in the fourth quarter as a result of the transaction.

Since Red Hat went public back in 1999, this is its 14th acquisition.