VMware takes a $30 million interest in Puppet

VMware has found widespread use of Puppet among its user base

Virtualization software provider VMware has invested US$30 million in Puppet Labs, which makes a widely used, open-source operations management software package called Puppet.

VMware "has seen a strong overlap between its customer base and ours," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. VMware customers "have so much virtualization infrastructure that they need management tools to go with it," he said.

Puppet Labs will use the money to collaborate with VMware in order to better integrate the software from the two companies, to invest in its software in general, as well as to market its wares more heavily to enterprises.

In a statement, Ramin Sayar, who is a VMware vice president and general manager for virtualization and cloud management, praised Puppet for helping to set the stage for software-defined data centers, where applications and network services can be easily orchestrated without worrying about the underlying hardware or software.

Already software from the two companies works well together, Kanies noted. The Puppet software uses the VMware vSphere API (application programming interface), which provides Puppet with the ability to provision, configure and manage VMware virtual machines from within Puppet itself. Puppet Enterprise also works with VMware vFabric Application Director to provision cloud services on VMware infrastructure.

Created in 2005, Puppet Labs offers configuration management software for managing an organization's computers and software. The software provides a declarative language that administrators can use to specify machine configurations, which then can be used to automate reoccurring deployment and maintenance routines. The company maintains Puppet Forge, a repository of modules that can be used with Puppet to execute common tasks, such as installing popular software packages.

For VMware deployments, Puppet could be used to automate much of the process required to deploy a virtual-machine-based service, Kanies said. VMware management tools can deploy, manage and provide statistics about all the virtual machines that run on a system, while the Puppet software allows administrators to define these VMs in terms of their actual functionality, such as by the applications they contain -- like a Web server -- or by their users.

Kanies attributes Puppet's success to the fact that, unlike older IT automation software from vendors such as Opscode and Hewlett-Packard, Puppet was suited for smaller deployments. Nonetheless, the software has been used by a number of larger organizations as well, including Citrix, eBay, the New York Stock Exchange, Match.com, Oracle and Zynga.

This is not the first outside investment for Puppet Labs, which now has more than 100 employees. Google Ventures and Cisco have also invested in the company, as have venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, True Ventures, Radar Partners and Emerson Street Partners.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Tags business issuessoftwareinvestmentssystem managementVMwarePuppet Labs

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Joab Jackson

IDG News Service

Comments

Comments are now closed.

Latest News Articles

Most Popular Articles

Follow Us

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Resources

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?