Puppet Enterprise 2.0 Major Cloud Upgrade

Puppet Lab had its major cloud upgrade in its features that will now provide orchestration, provisioning and automation of management capabilities of enterprise users. This move is expected to gain more leverage for the company in the management field.

The application, Puppet Enterprise 2.0 is anticipated to be released on October 21, 2011. This being the first major move from Puppet will benefit its roster of giant enterprise customers including Twitter, Apple, Google, Match.com, NYSE, Citrix and Red Hat; this list is only among their 250 active customers.

Puppet has been in operation since 2005, but they only had their first product release last February of this year. The creation of this first product platform was made to contend with Opsware and BladeLogic, which both provide provisioning infrastructure for data centers and the cloud. Puppet’s latest edition now also offers provisioning, management and monitoring using a single console.

One of Puppet’s key features is from the platform’s performance capability in managing physical and virtual machines in the cloud platform; the CEO Founder of Puppet Labs Luke Kanies said it is now their major strength. Their platform not only provides work deployment but, what is outstanding is that it can tell the machines how to perform.

The following is an excerpt taken from the press release from PuppetCon in Portland Oregon:

New graphical user console provides an intuitive way for systems administrators to leverage the power of Puppet. Right out of the box, it enables agile response and rapid scaling by locating existing resources in the network and cloning them to new nodes, maintaining continuous configuration management as the infrastructure expands.

Provisioning capabilities make it easy for systems administrators to quickly scale infrastructure using Amazon’s EC2 cloud service or VMware in their own data centers.

New orchestration capabilities give systems administrators “command and control” power to efficiently make parallel changes across clusters of nodes with just a single command.

New baselining capabilities enable systems administrators to monitor their infrastructure’s compliance against a desired-state, a critical input to comprehensive change management and auditing processes.

“We live in a world where most people are not doing automation. Most are relying on scripts and ad hoc administration. This tool gives you the ability to do discovery of which versions you have, and clone them to all machines so they’re configured the same. It also has GUIs for discovery and orchestration that makes it easy to implement management solutions without a huge investment,” Kanies said. “We still see companies not doing any centralized management or infrastructure management or automation,” he added.

Kanies said Puppet Enterprise 2.0 will allow customers to expand and keep up with the modern cloud infrastructure. Using this platform will allow users to manage as much as 10 nodes, and price ranges from $1,995 to $56,000.

“Whether you’re managing a handful of servers on-premise or thousands in the cloud, Puppet Enterprise 2.0 makes it dramatically easier to quickly provision new applications and respond to infrastructure changes, accelerating IT’s delivery of value to the business,” Kanies said in a press release interview.


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