Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of Puppet Labs. (Photo: Puppet Labs)

Puppet Labs Raises $40M to Grow DevOps IT Automation Biz

DevOps-style IT automation software company Puppet Labs has raised a $40 million funding round, nearly doubling the $46 million total it has raised previously. Existing investors Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Venture Capital Group, True Ventures and VMware pitched in on the latest round.

Puppet is riding the wave of DevOps in the enterprise. DevOps combines many of the roles of systems administrators and developers, and enterprises look to it to add some agility and automation. Based on open source architecture, Puppet saw amazing adoption since its inception in 2005, but it didn’t commercialize it until about three years ago.

It has added more than 500 enterprise users since then. The Puppet Enterprise product automates the configuration and deployment of virtual servers is targeted at streamlining the workload of IT system administrators.

Much of the investment prior to this round –$30 million of it–was from VMware. It makes sense for VMware to invest as Puppet Labs is a compatible management tool used by much of VMware’s userbase.

The company said it will use the funding to invest in talent, product and global expansion.

IT automation is critical for any company that uses software to compete, according to Puppet CEO and founder Luke Kanies. “Today we help more than 18,000 organizations automate IT, both on premise and in the cloud,” he said. “But we’re just getting started. This funding round enables us to further our leadership position by entering new markets and helping our customers deliver great software faster than ever.”

Puppet customers include Zynga, Twitter, NYSE, Disney, Citrix, Oracle, Constant Contact,, Shopzilla, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Stanford University. Puppet Labs has opened new markets beyond North America and Europe, with user groups and meet-ups growing worldwide, including in China, India and Japan.

“The need to remain competitive within the global economy has led enterprises to demand IT automation capabilities that Puppet Labs has become singularly qualified to deliver. This has led to an exemplary growth trajectory over the years that True Ventures is excited to be supporting,” said Puneet Agarwal, of True Ventures. “Puppet Labs is a rare combination of excellent product and talented people who have come together at a time when the world’s leading enterprises are looking for solutions that will help them reshape their businesses.”

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Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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