SOURCE: Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs

March 04, 2014 11:00 ET

Puppet Labs Announces Puppet Enterprise 3.2

Helps Deliver Value Faster, Simplifies Deploying and Upgrading Agents, and Extends Automation into More Parts of the IT Infrastructure Lifecycle

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Mar 4, 2014) - Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software, announced today the availability of Puppet Enterprise 3.2, which simplifies and accelerates IT organizations' ability to meet the demands of their business and their customers. Puppet Enterprise 3.2 includes new capabilities to help IT organizations provision new hardware and scale infrastructure faster than ever before -- and realize the full value of Puppet Enterprise more quickly.

"As organizations struggle with rapidly increasing node counts and the time pressures of meeting customer demands, reducing cycle time is becoming more critical," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. "Puppet Enterprise 3.2 addresses these challenges by significantly reducing the time it takes our customers to deliver new value, quickly and with confidence."

Key New Capabilities in Puppet Enterprise 3.2

Puppet Enterprise Supported Modules
New in Puppet Enterprise 3.2 is the first set of planned supported modules to help IT teams get up and running more quickly, so they can realize the power of the software faster than ever before. The first set of Puppet Enterprise supported modules will help IT teams ensure time synchronization across nodes, set up database services, manage web servers and control Windows components. Hand-selected from more than 2,100 modules on the Puppet Forge, these pre-written, ready-to-run configurations have been rigorously tested and validated by Puppet Labs to ensure they perform reliably and with predictable results in the most demanding production environments. Puppet Enterprise supported modules can be found at forge.puppetlabs.com/supported

Simplified Agent Install
Puppet Enterprise 3.2 simplifies the task of deploying and upgrading agents by leveraging native OS packaging systems. With this new capability, the time required to deploy and upgrade puppet agents can be reduced several minutes per node, delivering substantial productivity gains in large environments.

Razor Tech Preview
Razor, a next-generation physical and virtual hardware provisioning solution, lets IT teams improve the speed of provisioning bare metal and scaling infrastructure to meet increased demand, enabled by Puppet Enterprise's rules-based approach. Razor includes the ability to automatically discover bare-metal hardware, dynamically configure OS and/or hypervisors and hand off resources to Puppet Enterprise for workload configuration via policy-based automation.

Razor is available as a Tech Preview in Puppet Enterprise 3.2. The Tech Preview enables customers who want to automate bare metal provisioning and accelerate deployment of compute resources to get early access to upcoming provisioning innovations. Plus, customers can provide feedback and influence future product development.

More New Features in Puppet Enterprise 3.2

  • Oracle Solaris 11 support. Builds on Puppet Labs' commitment to support platforms critical to enterprise IT, joining a long list that includes Microsoft Windows, IBM, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, IBM AIX, Debian, Ubuntu and others.
  • Ability to run agents as non-root. Enables users who don't have root access to realize productivity gains through automation, extending the capabilities of Puppet Enterprise beyond infrastructure teams to other groups such as app developers and database admins.
  • More than 300 fixes and improvements throughout the platform that improve usability and platform support.

Pricing and Availability
You can download Puppet Enterprise 3.2 today and try it out free for up to 10 nodes. Annual subscription options including license, support and maintenance start at $112 per node. Documentation for installing and using Puppet Enterprise can be found here.

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About Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs, Inc. is the leader in IT automation. Puppet Labs software 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 Citrix, eBay, NYSE, Cisco WebEx, Salesforce.com, Bank of America and PayPal. Based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs employs more than 250 people. The company is backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners. To learn more, please visit PuppetLabs.com.

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