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The update should make enforcing policies and compliance in the hybrid cloud easier. It will also help organizations meet changing internal and external requirements.

In presenting policy as code at the Red Hat Summit in Denver, the company refers to the constant pressure on IT to improve efficiency and reduce costs. According to Red Hat, this pressure is only increasing with the proliferation of AI. Implementing critical policies in workloads requires not only a lot of time and attention but also collaboration between different teams and documentation. With manual implementation, there is also the risk of human error.

AI as the next step

Red Hat, therefore, sees it as a wise move by companies to apply automation with appropriate guardrails. Ansible will do this with automated policy as code, allowing IT to perform work in line with governance, risk and compliance (GRC) requirements. It helps align technical environments and resources with agreed-upon standards before implementing automation. Policies will be repeated, extending control at scale across the hybrid cloud and keeping the potential proliferation of AI within predetermined limits.

Ansible should make creating and managing workloads easier throughout the pre- and post-AI workload lifecycle. This is done through automated audit reporting that helps technology teams get free. Automated policy as code promises greater consistency of control for IT teams by providing a layer of security built into business operations. With guardrails, there are more assurances that AI builds on what the organisation has already approved.

The tech preview of automated policy as code for the Ansible Automation Platform will be available in the coming months.

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