Puppet Redefines Infrastructure Automation

Puppet has long been regarded as
nothing more than an open-source software configuration management tool.
The company has become a standard for automating the delivery and operation of
the software that powers everything around us. Well, this is about to
change. Puppet has evolved and has positioned itself to tackle
enterprise-grade problems. All of this and more, was announced on May
2, 2019.

So what makes this announcement so exciting? I sat down with Matt
Waxman, Puppet’s Head of Products to learn more.

Petros Koutoupis: Please introduce yourself to our
readers.

Matt Waxman: I have been the Head of
Products at Puppet since 2017. I have been in the Product space for at
least 20 years, largely focused on infrastructure. Before coming to
Puppet, I was in data storage backup, replication and disaster
recovery. I am the guy who deals with roadmaps and user experience
across our product portfolio.

Petros: What can you tell us about this announcement?

Matt Waxman: Automation of more than just the state of your
virtual machines, containers and so on is extremely important. How do you
enable more teams? It is all about service, safety and quality of
delivery. This is what we are doing with Puppet to serve those exact
needs. And with our latest release 2019.1, we simplify the experience
in automation to meet those demands.

We enhanced our agentless and agent-based capabilities, such as
supporting the automation of network devices (for example, Cisco and Palo Alto)
and giving users the ability to automate anything and anywhere quickly,
efficiently, safely and at scale. But some of our most notable changes
are centered around our agentless task runner, Bolt. We introduced it
about a year and a half ago. Bolt is an automation tool built to
automate anything in your infrastructure without the hassle. It was very
well received by the Open Source community. What is new here though is
we have found that more and more customers and users are starting to
automate from a development perspective. Developers have a constant need
to stand up an infrastructure quickly for both testing and support. Not
only did we make Bolt more user-friendly for the broader community, but
we also added YAML support.

Petros: Why is this announcement so exciting?

Matt Waxman: The demand for infrastructure-focused automation is
growing, and many companies are unable to scale to meet that demand. With
release 2019.1, we made a lot of investment in not only addressing this
challenge but also in simplifying the experience.

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