Puppet Labs Announces Puppet Enterprise 2.0

New Version Adds Cloud Provisioning, Change Monitoring, and Management Orchestration, All From a Single Console

September 22, 2011 - Portland, OR - Puppet Labs, a leading provider of IT automation software for systems administrators, today announced the release of Puppet Enterprise 2.0. Puppet Enterprise 2.0 enables systems administrators to quickly provision infrastructure in Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)™ or in their own data centers, comprehensively visualize changes in their infrastructure, and orchestrate management changes across clusters of nodes, all within an easy-to-use graphical interface.

“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.”

Whether their organizations are using Amazon EC2 instances, physical servers, or private cloud VMware virtual machines, system administrators can use Puppet Enterprise 2.0 to rapidly create new infrastructure and immediately start managing it. Puppet Enterprise 2.0 builds on Puppet’s model-driven approach, which allows systems administrators to specify their infrastructure by resource and clone these resources across nodes, ensuring consistency, predictability, and reliability not attainable using home-grown scripts or golden images.

Key features and functionality in Puppet Enterprise 2.0:

  • 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.

Supporting Quotes

“Organizations are looking for easy-to-use, powerful tools to provision, manage, and monitor growing workloads in the cloud,” said Terry Wise, Director of Business Development, Amazon Web Services. “The new capabilities in Puppet Enterprise 2.0 will enable customers to quickly deploy and manage applications on Amazon EC2 and will be an exciting addition to the scalable, cost efficient and pay-as-you-go model of AWS.”

"Constant Contact adopted DevOps practices early on, and Puppet Enterprise is fundamental to enabling our IT operations to deliver working applications quickly with higher quality," said Mark Schena, Manager of Systems at Constant Contact. "The discovery and provisioning capabilities of Puppet Enterprise 2.0 give us step-function increases in agility with which we'll be able to respond even faster to the needs of our customers."

"Dynamic IT environments require solutions that provide IT professionals with the tools and insights to proactively manage change," said Rizwan Hafeez, US Head of Systems Engineering for NYSE Euronext. "The compliance baselining capabilities of Puppet allow us to visually monitor and manage the changes in our infrastructure and deliver a degree of control and reliability which we didn't have before."

“Sourced Group, over the last year, has been implementing Puppet Enterprise as an enterprise-wide configuration management initiative at a large Australian financial services organisation. The average build time for a production-ready server has dropped from over 4 days (with checks) to under 10 minutes whilst maintaining consistency and compliance," said Jonathan Spinks, Principal Consultant & Solutions Architect, Sourced Group. "As Puppet Labs continues to deliver on their roadmap we see them becoming the premier provider of agile IT automation software."

"Dynamic IT environments require solutions that provide IT professionals with the tools and insights to manage change proactively," said Byron Appelt, Senior Software Engineer at Numerex, a leading provider of machine-to-machine solutions to enterprises and government organizations. "Puppet Enterprise helps Numerex manage our infrastructure efficiently, and we're excited by the new change management visibility and control capabilities that assist with compliance regulations."

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Pricing and Availability

Puppet Enterprise 2.0 is generally available on October 21, 2011 and users may download and manage up to 10 nodes free of charge. Pricing starts at $1,995 for 25 nodes.

About Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs, Inc.(www.puppetlabs.com) was founded in 2005 and shipped the first release of the open source
Puppet Project later the same year. Puppet’s popularity has since grown to where it now is
responsible for managing millions of nodes across thousands of companies and organizations, both on-premise and in the cloud, including Zynga, Citrix, Shopzilla, Match.com, Oracle/Sun, to name a few. Now numbering fifty employees and based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is backed by venture investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners.

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