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Puppet Labs Rolls Out Puppet Enterprise 3.0

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Puppet Labs, a provider of IT automation software for system administrators, has made Puppet Enterprise 3.0 available. It delivers a complete cloud automation solution for enterprise customers, providing scalability and orchestration capabilities and a unified, software-defined approach to automation of compute, network and storage layers. This enterprise edition enables customers to reap the full benefits of cloud computing.

“Some of today’s largest and most successful SaaS clouds use our solutions to automate their infrastructure,” said Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs. “With Puppet Enterprise 3.0, we’re making the scalability, orchestration and software-defined capabilities that power those SaaS clouds accessible to any IT organization, enabling customers to take full advantage of their dynamic infrastructure.”

Jay Lyman, senior analyst, 451 Research noted, “Today’s enterprise data centers and IT operations are often built around silos of compute, network and storage resources managed separately by different IT teams with different tools, making it difficult to move quickly or drive efficiency, innovation and business value. Puppet Enterprise 3.0 is a cloud automation solution that manages compute, network and storage resources whether on-premises or in the cloud so IT teams can break out of silos and speed operations across the organization.”

New Capabilities in Puppet Enterprise 3.0

Scalability and Performance
With today’s on-demand and flexible cloud architecture, customers expect to create and manage hundreds—or even thousands—of applications and virtual machines in just minutes. Puppet Enterprise customers can expect a nearly 200 percent increase in performance from the latest release. They can also expect a nearly 100 percent scalability improvement, enabling them to manage twice as many cloud nodes in the same deployment.

Orchestration
It’s almost impossible to discover and manage large numbers of virtual, transient cloud nodes with traditional methods, such as CMDBs, custom scripts and spreadsheets. The orchestration engine in Puppet Enterprise 3.0 has new capabilities tailored for customers automating cloud infrastructure, enabling them to efficiently discover and then orchestrate complex management operations on large volumes of cloud nodes.

Software-Defined Infrastructure
The management of compute, network and storage resources is typically siloed into separate organizations using separate tools, which slows time to production. Puppet Enterprise 3.0 enables IT teams to deploy cloud applications faster, with fewer errors, by providing a unified, software-defined approach to automating management of compute, network and storage resources. Pre-built configurations for automating Juniper, Cisco, NetApp and many others devices are freely available on the Puppet Forge, Puppet Labs’ online repository of more than 1,200 ready-to-run configurations.

Other features:

  • Discover and Browse Resources: Puppet Enterprise’s graphical user interface enables the user to discover and browse any and all service resources throughout their infrastructure, in real time.
  • Enterprise Platform Support: Support for all major enterprise platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, IBM AIX, Solaris, and all major Linux distributions.
  • Reusability of 1,200+ Puppet Forge modules: Users can now take advantage of pre-built configurations available on the Puppet Forge, without the need to modify modules for their specific environments.

Pricing and Availability

Puppet Enterprise 3.0 is at www.puppetlabs.com. Anyone can download and use Puppet Enterprise to manage up to 10 nodes, free of charge. Pricing starts at $99 per node. Documentation for installing and using Puppet Enterprise can be found here.

About the Author

Colleen Miller is a journalist and social media specialist. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, with her most recent work dedicated to the online space. Colleen covers the data center industry, including topics such as modular, cloud and storage/big data.

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