Red Hat acquires AnsibleWorks for a deal expected to worth $100 million

By | October 17, 2015

Open source software giant Red Hat acquires AnsibleWorks, the startup behind the infrastructure-provisioning software known as Ansible. Financial terms of the deal has not been disclosed but the deal worth is expected to be more than $100 million.


The startup Ansible’s goal is to offer commercial support and handholding to business customers who intends to use Ansibleworks, an open-source tool that competes with Opscode Chef and Puppet Labs’s Puppet and SaltStack. Though the software is served free of cost, companies generally pay vendors for commercial support and maintenance.

Further to the acquisition, around 50 Ansible employee will join Red Hat that provides the Linux operating system to business customers and a slate of developer tools including J Boss, which is used to develop and combine business applications. Ansible is no stranger to Red Hat, as its co-founder and CEO Said Ziouani worked at Red Hat from 2000 to 2010 as vice president of business development and sales. It was Ziouani who helped to start Ansible in 2013 with venture capital backing of $6 million from Menlo Ventures.

Red Hat plans to use Ansible’s technology to complement its existing IT management tools that includes CloudForms and Satellite. The acquisition does not mean Red Hat would abandon its use of Puppet. “We currently use Puppet in Red Hat Satellite and have no plans to change that, as it suits the needs of customers quite well,” said Joe Fitzgerald, vice president of management at Red Hat. “Ansible fills a gap in our management portfolio by providing an agentless, easy-to-use solution for IT automation and DevOps, as well as managing the emerging world of OpenStack, network automation, containers and micro-services.”

He added, “Red Hat is transforming IT management, driving innovation that is 100% open source, built on an open management platform, and relentlessly focused on reducing cost and complexity through ease of use and automation. I am thrilled to welcome Ansible to Red Hat to help us expand that commitment.”

Ziouani said, “We’re thrilled that Red Hat, a global leader in open source, has chosen Ansible to tackle the future of IT automation and systems management. This is a strong validation that Ansible’s simplicity, enterprise customer base and robust community is winning in enterprise IT automation, from compute to networking to cloud to containers.”

This acquisition is designed to enable that it is aligned with Red Hat’s existing lineup of IT automation tools intended to make it easier for enterprise customers.