SOURCE: Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs

October 07, 2010 12:30 ET

Puppet Labs Acquires The Marionette Collective

The Marionette Collective Enables Puppet Labs to Further Demonstrate Their Commitment to Both Open Source and Defining the Next Generation Data Center Stack

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 7, 2010) -  Puppet Camp -- Puppet Labs, creator of Puppet, an open source data center automation and configuration management framework, today announced its acquisition of an open source project called The Marionette Collective. The deal accelerates Puppet Labs' delivery of important multi-server and multi-datacenter orchestration to the thousand of enterprises that use Puppet's model-driven framework for systems management. MCollective's real-time network discovery capabilities enhance the Puppet Dashboard, simplifying how users schedule complex sequences of activities using data available from the Puppet platform.

"Puppet has always focused on the problem of configuration management, but solving that doesn't make all of your problems go away," said Luke Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs. "MCollective targets the next layer of change control and orchestration in a small but powerful tool that already integrates well with Puppet. With both Puppet and MCollective, our customers and users have a unified solution that scales from small departments and one-off installations to large server farms running tens of thousands of servers."

This enhanced relationship will leverage additional resources for the MCollective project, accelerating its development and further integrating the project with the Puppet platform. MCollective customers will be able to use Puppet labs professional services, obtain training and support and tighter integration into the tools they already use -- Puppet and Puppet Dashboard.

"Puppet Labs has a very strong development team, and a proven record of selling professional services and management into the enterprise market and running successful training programs," said R.I. Pienaar, founder of the MCollective project. "Puppet Labs will not only serve future customer needs but also ensure the continued development of MCollective."

Any organization running Puppet on large pools of machines has concerns about how to manage deployments so that upgrades happen on a subset of the machines at a time. By using both Puppet and MCollective together an organization can perform key tasks in a sequenced manner, limiting any interruptions to their service.

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About Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs (, is the provider of Puppet, an open source platform that automates configuration management and provisioning. With more than 100 customers and thousands of users including Digg, Genentech,, NYU, Oracle and Sun, Shopzilla, Stanford University, SugarCRM and Twitter, Puppet takes the pain out of manually configuring servers by providing systems administrators with a simplified, reusable platform. Puppet Labs was founded in 2005 by Puppet creator Luke Kanies. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, True Ventures, Radar Partners and Emerson St. Partners.

About The Marionette Collective
MCollective ( is an open source framework to build server orchestration or parallel job execution systems. It enables real-time discovery of network resources and can select which resources to affect based on configuration data from leading systems management platforms, including Puppet. MCollective works with many leading message queues including ActiveMQ and RabbitMQ.

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