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Puppet Labs Announces Puppet Enterprise 2.5

Latest Version Delivers Windows Support, Integrates With Puppet Forge Marketplace, and Enables Big Data for Infrastructure (March 28, 2012)

PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/12 -- Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software for system administrators, today announced the availability of Puppet Enterprise 2.5. Puppet Enterprise 2.5 enables system administrators to automate management of heterogeneous IT environments of Windows, Linux, and Unix systems, takes advantage of over 300 ready-to-use configurations in the Puppet Forge online marketplace, and provides rich data sets and tools for users to gain unique insights into infrastructure changes.

"Puppet Enterprise 2.5 demonstrates our continued focus on system administrators, providing them with tools that are both powerful and easy-to-use," said Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs. "Our customers' successes with IT automation, from those with two servers on-premise to others with over 50,000 servers in the cloud, underscore the disruptive value our solutions provide."

Puppet Enterprise's unique approach to IT automation uses a declarative, model-based technology which enables system administrators to define reusable configurations of services and applications. Puppet Enterprise then automatically creates and enforces these definitions across any deployment environment, from on-premise to the cloud, and across any operating system, from Windows to Unix to Linux. By automating the management of their infrastructure with Puppet Enterprise, a typical IT organization will see a 10x boost in productivity, a 75% reduction in applications' time-to-production, and a significant reduction in service outages.

Key New Capabilities In Puppet Enterprise 2.5


  • Windows. With the addition of Windows support, Puppet Enterprise now has the most comprehensive coverage of enterprise IT platforms, boosting system administrators' productivity by enabling them to automate the management of heterogeneous IT environments with a single solution.
  • Puppet Forge. Puppet Enterprise 2.5's integration with Puppet Forge grants system administrators access to more than 300 ready-to-use, freely downloadable configurations, allowing them to solve problems faster using community-contributed solutions which encapsulate automation best practices. For example, using Puppet Enterprise 2.5's integration with Puppet Forge, a system administrator can find and download a configuration module for MySQL and in minutes, set-up fully-configured MySQL databases on multiple servers.
  • Big Data for Infrastructure. Puppet Enterprise 2.5 provides system administrators with the Puppet Data Library and access to comprehensive data on the who, what, where, when, and why of infrastructure changes. These capabilities give them pro-active control over infrastructure change management, automated reports for IT compliance audits, and insights into how infrastructure changes impact service levels. Moreover, innovative companies like Boundary and Nodeable have built solutions leveraging this data to give system administrators additional tools for managing their environments.

Supporting Quotes

"The addition of Windows support in Puppet Enterprise 2.5 allows us to bring the same level of deployment consistency, automation, and policy enforcement to our Microsoft platform that our Linux offering currently has," says Sean Millichamp, Senior Linux Architect at Secure-24, a leading enterprise hosting and cloud provider. "Being able to leverage one tool to 'puppetize' both platforms provides increased quality while simultaneously boosting operational efficiency."

"DevOps requires a new breed of IT tools that enable the necessary cultural and organizational changes," says Ronni Colville, VP DA, Gartner. "Model-based IT automation tools provide cross-functional IT teams a common framework that facilitates rapid, continuous deployment of applications."

"Data produced by IT infrastructure is typically unavailable or uninformative to developers, operations, and DevOps teams," said Gary Read, CEO of Boundary. "However, Puppet Enterprise 2.5 and Boundary together provide insights into how infrastructure changes impact the quality of service of business applications have in these dynamic environments."

Additional Resources
Learn more about Puppet Labs
Subscribe to the Puppet Labs blog
Follow @puppetlabs on Twitter, and join us on April 4th at 11am PT/2pm ET for our live Twitter Q&A using the hashtag #puppetize.
Sign-up here for live webinar overview of Puppet Enterprise 2.5

Pricing and Availability
Puppet Enterprise 2.5 is generally available today, March 28, 2012, at www.puppetlabs.com and users may download and use it to manage up to 10 nodes free of charge. Pricing starts at $2,450 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. In 2011, Puppet Labs shipped its first commercial software product, Puppet Enterprise. Now numbering seventy employees and based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners.

Puppet Labs and Puppet are trademarks of Puppet Labs Inc. All other company and product names mentioned are used only for identification purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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