In virtual data centers both on-premises and in the cloud, lifecycle management is particularly challenging for administrators due to the dynamic nature and volume of nodes that need to be deployed and managed. Puppet Enterprise can ease a lot of these challenges by allowing IT teams to automate the deployment and management of their VMware virtual infrastructure.
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For people who might never have considered a career in accounting, a lot of sysadmins seem to spend their days living out of a spreadsheet. They’re not balancing the books, they’re cataloging their infrastructure.
It’s important work that has to be done. You have to know what you’re running, because your ability to maintain a reliable, responsive infrastructure depends on it. It’s also tedious work, and Excel probably isn’t the best tool for the job. Rather than spending all your time in a spreadsheet, you should be spending it on more interesting things.
For Max Koehler, a senior developer at a startup in Munich, Germany, culture is one of the most important aspects of working life.
That’s why he’s looking forward to PuppetConf in San Francisco this August. It’s a chance to hang out with developers and other technology people, hear how they resolve the same kinds of issues he deals with – and oh yes, drink some good beer.
“I’m interested in DevOps and how people work together,” Max says. “I can learn how other people manage deployment and infrastructure, how they reduce errors in Puppet runs, how they do their everyday tasks, and how they build teams. There are a lot of guys out there who have solved these kind of problems, and I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from them.” Read more on “From Puppet User Group to PuppetConf: It’s All About the Culture” »
If you’re using virtualization in your data center, you’re familiar with the challenges as well as the benefits: VM sprawl, maintaining consistent configuration, provisioning and tearing down VMs at the speed your business demands. Puppet Enterprise is an exceptional tool for dealing with these challenges. Here are 13 reasons that, if you’re not already using Puppet Enterprise to manage your VMware virtual environment, you should be.
We spent several days in Austin last week attending Puppet Camp Austin and DevOpsDays. A big thank you to MomentumSI and Geek Austin for sponsoring Puppet Camp, and thanks to the crew at DevOpsDays for a great event!