Puppet Labs announced the release of its Enterprise 2.0 version today, adding cloud provisioning, change monitoring and management from a single graphic console to the Puppet platform. Puppet is a software tool that allows data center managers to automate the configuration and updating of hundreds or even thousands of servers. Puppet Enterprise 1.0 launched in February.
The Enterprise 2.0 version allows for quick provisioning in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) or in one’s own data centers. The product will be made generally available on October 21, and users may download and manage up to 10 nodes free of charge. Pricing starts at $1,995 for 25 nodes.
Puppet’s popularity is widespread and it is used in managing millions of nodes across thousands of companies and organizations, both on-premise and in the cloud, including Zynga, Citrix, Shopzilla, Match.com and Oracle/Sun.
“Puppet Enterprise 2.0 is a major milestone in Puppet Labs’ mission to deliver powerful yet easy-to-use tools for systems administrators in companies of any size,” said Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs. “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.”
Key features and functionality in the new release include:
- New graphical user console provides an intuitive way for systems administrators to leverage the power of Puppet, enabling 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 base-lining capabilities enable systems administrators to monitor their infrastructure’s compliance against a desired-state, a critical input to comprehensive change management and auditing processes.