Many Ansible users know about Ansible Galaxy—the Ansible project’s community repository for sharing Ansible content. While Ansible Galaxy is great for testing the latest and greatest developer content, it’s difficult to know which content is supported, and which content is people just uploading stuff. There's no way to determine if the code has been tampered with or works correctly. In a lot of ways, it’s like an app store with no rules.
This is where Ansible automation hub comes in.
What is Ansible automation hub?
Ansible automation hub is a repository that gives you a way to easily discover and download Ansible Content Collections—bundles of modules, plug-ins, roles and documentation from Red Hat and our partners.
Ansible collections lower the barrier of entry to automation by providing a consistent content delivery mechanism using pre-built automation content. These can save teams an enormous amount of time and effort, with the added assurance that the content they’re using has been fully vetted and certified by Red Hat.
5 reasons to use Ansible automation hub
Here are five reasons you should take advantage of the Ansible collections available through Ansible automation hub, rather than relying on Ansible Galaxy.
1. Red Hat Ansible Certified Content
The secure Ansible automation hub portal gives you direct access to trusted Ansible Content Collections from Red Hat and partners. You can browse these by topic or by the partner that created them. As of this writing, over 160 collections have been published from over 60 partners including:
- Palo Alto
- ...and more
Ansible automation hub also includes Ansible validated content, which delivers an expert-guided approach for managing your platforms. You can customize Ansible validated content to perform critical operations for your infrastructure, networking components, security systems and more.
You can learn more about these official Ansible Content Collections here.
2. Reuse code and get started faster
You can get up and running quickly with Ansible collections, which include bundled modules and roles for specific domains and IT platforms. You can even just copy and paste content directly into your own Ansible playbooks.
Red Hat tests and reviews the modules and roles for content quality before publishing them in Ansible automation hub.
3. Ansible private automation hub
If you create your own Ansible content, the Ansible private automation hub gives you a way to publish and collaborate on it within your organization behind your firewall or on disconnected systems. You can also digitally sign your content to establish a secure software chain of custody within your organization.
This provides organizations with a single source of truth, making it easy to manage and control the life cycle of your Ansible content.
4. Premium support
Ansible automation hub is created and managed by Red Hat, with standard or premium support options available.
This means that if you have an issue with any Red Hat Ansible Certified Content Collection, Red Hat’s support team will help you with the issue directly.
If you have a problem with another item in Ansible automation hub, Red Hat will help guide you to get the support you need.
5. Included with your Red Hat subscription
Ansible automation hub is included with your Red Hat subscription. If you’re a subscriber, you have free and unlimited access to any content available.
Not sure what a Red Hat subscription is all about? You can learn about it here: The Red Hat subscription model.
If you’d like a quick video tour of the Ansible automation hub that shows you how to find and use the available Ansible collections, check out the first episode of “Automated Live!”
You can also take a short, self-paced lab to try out the features of Ansible automation hub and private automation hub.