Red Hat acquires Ansible

Today Red Hat announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ansible, provider of an IT automation tool popular especially within the developers’ community.

The acquisition is rumored to worth around $100M and expected to be closed by the end of this month.

Ansible is one of the four main players in the automation market, younger then the well known Chef and Puppet, has been launched in 2013 in Durham, N.C..

Among the founders there is Saïd Ziouani who have been in Red Hat for many years as a vice president of sales and business development.

Ansible already supports a number of Red Hat’s products, like OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and the other technologies supported blend with the multi-vendor support strategy that the company put in place during the last year.

Joe Fitzgerald, VP of the Management BU in Red Hat commented:

Ansible is a clear leader in IT automation and DevOps, and helps Red Hat take a significant step forward in our goal of creating frictionless IT.