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Ansible: Up and Running, 2nd Edition by Rene Moser, Lorin Hochstein

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Chapter 19. Ansible Tower: Ansible for the Enterprise

Ansible Tower is a commercial software product originally created by Ansible, Inc. and now offered by Red Hat. Ansible Tower is implemented as a classical on-premises web service on top of Ansible. It provides a more granular user- and role-based access policy management combined with a web user interface, shown in Figure 19-1, and a RESTful API.

Ansible Tower dashboard
Figure 19-1. Ansible Tower dashboard

Subscription Models

Red Hat offers support as an annual subscription model with three subscription types, each with different service-level agreements (SLAs):

  • Self-Support (no support and SLA)

  • Standard (support and SLA: 8 × 5)

  • Premium (support and SLA: 24 × 7)

All subscription levels include regular updates and releases of Ansible Tower. The Self-Support subscription model is limited to a maximum of 250 managed hosts and does not include the following features:

  • Custom rebranding for login

  • SAML, RADIUS, and LDAP authentication

  • Multiorganization support

  • Activity streams and system tracking

Note

After Red Hat acquired Ansible, Inc. in 2015, Red Hat committed to working on an open source version of Ansible Tower. At the time of writing, no further details and no specific timeline have been announced.

Try Ansible Tower

Red Hat provides a free trial license with the feature set of the Self-Support subscription model for up to 10 ...

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