Provisioning with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

Jump to section


Automated infrastructure provisioning is the first step in automating the operational life cycle of your applications.

From traditional servers to the latest serverless or function-as-a-service environments, Red Hat® Ansible® Automation Platform can provision cloud platforms, virtualized hosts and hypervisors, applications, network devices, and bare-metal servers. It can then connect these deployed nodes to storage, add them to a load balancer, patch them for security, or perform any number of other operational tasks executed by separate teams.

Ansible Automation Platform is the single platform in your process pipeline for deploying infrastructure and connecting it, simplifying the deployment and day-to-day management of your infrastructure.

Open Answers: What is provisioning? Video duration: 1:10.

Provisioning across infrastructure platforms

Bare metal

Underneath virtualization and cloud platforms is bare metal, and you still need to provision it depending on the situation. Ansible Automation Platform integrates with many datacenter management tools to both invoke and enact the provisioning steps required.


From hypervisors to virtual storage and virtual networks, you can use Ansible Automation Platform to simplify the experience of cross platform management. The large selection of available integrations gives you flexibility and choice to manage your diverse environment.


Ansible’s network automation capabilities allow users to configure, validate, and ensure continuous compliance for physical network devices. Ansible Automation Platform can easily provision across multi-vendor environments, often replacing manual processes.


Ansible Automation Platform can provision and manage storage in your infrastructure. Whether it's software-defined storage, cloud-based storage, or even hardware storage appliances, you can find a module to benefit from Ansible’s common, powerful language.

Public cloud

Ansible Automation Platform is packaged with hundreds of modules supporting services on the largest public cloud platforms. Compute, storage, and networking modules allow playbooks to directly provision these services. Ansible can even act as an orchestrator of other popular provisioning tools.

Private cloud

One of the easiest ways to deploy, configure, and orchestrate OpenStack® private cloud is by using Ansible Automation Platform. It can be used to provision the underlying infrastructure, install services and applications, add compute hosts, and more.

Centralize your automation

Automation controller helps you scale IT automation, manage complex deployments, and speed productivity. Centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications, and graphical inventory management. Automation controller’s REST API and CLI make it easy to embed into existing tools and processes.

Automation doesn’t stop with provisioning

Provisioning with Ansible Automation Platform allows you to seamlessly transition into configuration management, orchestration, and application deployment using the same simple, human-readable automation language.

IDC report: Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform delivers business value

According to IDC research, organizations who standardize operations with Ansible Automation Platform realize benefits worth an annual average of US$14.81 million and a 668% three-year ROI—and reduce the time spent on provisioning by 38%.

Customer success stories

Sapphire Health Technology Services logo

Asia’s largest insurance provider reduced its service time to market by cutting provisioning times.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina logo

With Ansible Automation Platform, Blue Cross NC can provision a virtual machine in just 30 minutes.

ADB logo

ADB reduced the time needed to complete provisioning, patching, and other infrastructure management tasks.

Keep learning


Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform: A beginner’s guide

Learn how to get started with automation in this concise e-book for both new and experienced users.


The automation architect's handbook

Discover best practices for implementing automation across your organization.


Beyond provisioning: A beginner's guide to automation

See how matching the right automation tools with the right behaviors can increase productivity and return on investment.

Start using Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform

Talk to a Red Hatter

Provisioning with Ansible Automation Platform allows you to seamlessly transition into configuration management, orchestration, and application deployment using the same simple, human-readable automation language.