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Puppet Labs Redefines Application Orchestration

Newly released software enables efficient, scalable rollout of complex enterprise applications, infrastructure deployments

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Puppet Labs, a leading provider of IT automation software, today announced Puppet Application Orchestration, which helps organizations orchestrate the deployment and management of infrastructure and applications while enabling customers to model complicated applications and application stacks as Puppet code.

“Over the past several years, Puppet’s model-based approach has become the standard for modern infrastructure management," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. "Puppet Application Orchestration is a direct extension of our existing strengths and technologies, adding new tools and capabilities that give our customers a full management stack, from bare metal all the way up to modern distributed applications."

Kanies added that the new software "marks a huge step forward for the industry, and it’s just the beginning of another decade of innovation from Puppet Labs. Because Application Orchestration is built on the core concepts underlying our past 10 years of success, and can use any of the 3,500 public Forge modules, any team using Puppet has an unfair advantage over competitors who can’t deploy as quickly."

In a world where applications are continually growing more complex, IT teams needs to improve at rapidly deploying business-changing applications. For IT departments to manage a myriad of complexity, they need much more efficient ways to rapidly and repeatably orchestrate the deployment and management of applications.

International Data Corporation research shows that traditional IT administration teams spend 40 percent of their time managing new service requests, according to Mary Johnston Turner, IDC's Research Vice-President for Enterprise System Management.

"In today’s fast moving DevOps and continuous delivery application environments these organizations need to increase productivity and tightly coordinate all aspects of infrastructure, middleware and application configuration and control,” Turner said. “Application orchestration solutions that can also manage middleware and infrastructure in a consistent and unified manner will be important enablers of emerging DevOps and cloud native application environments."

As a complete management stack on a single platform, Puppet Application Orchestration reduces the complexity of deploying and managing applications composed of multiple applications or services, spanning multiple nodes. It provides the ability to model applications as code, including the dependencies between different services and systems that make up an application or application stack.

Major additions to the Puppet DSL let you model application relationships, including relationships with underlying infrastructure. Based on that model, a new orchestrator ensures that the right things happen in the right order on the right machines as the application is deployed, updated or destroyed. This represents a completely new way of orchestrating activities, based on modeling rather than explicitly defining a series of actions.

Because Puppet Application Orchestration relies on the core Puppet platform, customers benefit from:

    • Proven technology: Puppet’s model-driven approach is used by more than 28,000 companies around the world, including 65 of the Fortune 100.
    • Scale: Puppet is used to manage millions of nodes, including single installations that manage more than 50,000 nodes.
    • Application model building blocks: More than 3,500 modules are freely available from the Puppet Forge to use as building blocks when defining application stacks. A number of modules are supported for Puppet Enterprise customers.

Kanies will talk about, and demonstrate, Puppet Application Orchestration at the PuppetConf keynote in Portland, Ore., on Thursday, Oct. 8. It will be generally available later this year and will be included as part of customers’ Puppet Enterprise license. Language changes used to model applications will be available as part of Open Source Puppet, with additional open source tooling coming in subsequent updates.

Puppet Labs, a leader in IT automation, provides system administrators the operational agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage dynamic infrastructure, scaling from tens of servers to thousands, both on premise and in the cloud. Thousands of the world's leading organizations use Puppet Labs software to configure and manage their IT infrastructure, including Bank of America, Cisco, NYSE, Salesforce.com and WebEx.

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