As CEO Luke Kanies discussed at PuppetConf in October, Puppet Labs has discussed their movement towards not only infrastructure configuration, but application orchestration as well. On December 8th, the company has made that a reality with Puppet 2015.3.
What Does Application Orchestration Accomplish?
Application orchestration is designed to make distributed applications and systems, and takes all the components of an application, including infrastructure and middleware, and manages it as a single unit. This also helps teams deploy changes in a unified, ordered way across the system. It's not just for applications either, the orchestrator can be used for cross-node infrastructure deployments as well.
Puppet also ensures that the new features will work with existing Puppet modules that you use, as well as modules on Puppet Forge. There's also a new provisioning module for use with Microsoft Azure, allowing users to provision and manage Azure infrastructure, cloud networks, VPNs, and VMs for Linux and Windows.
Puppet's Code Management tool was also improved by adding automatic master build check-in, so when you're changing an app, you don't need to worry about manually synchronizing your new changes in verison control with the master production version whenever you make a new commit. It only supports GitHub, GitLab, and Stash out of the box, but has an API to create custom integrations with tools like Jenkins.
Puppet Enterprises' Role-based Access Control (RBAC) now allows users to assign authentication tokens to other users, and can track what changes those users have made in the system.
Between Ansible Tower, Chef Delivery, and now Puppet, it seems like companies traditionally seen as infrastructure automation and configuration management providers are moving more and more into continuous delivery tools for applications as well. CloudBees and Jenkins are also making the same kind of transition. I wonder if this is the beginning of an industry trend to not just provide a CI or CD tool, but something for a company's entire ecosystem, and I'm looking forward to seeing how other companies will adapt.
For more information, you can find it at Puppet Labs' blog.