SOURCE: Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs

May 29, 2013 12:00 ET

Puppet Labs Announces Third Annual PuppetConf

Bank of America, Cisco, Google, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, PayPal, Red Hat, ThoughtWorks and VMware Join 40+ Participating Companies, From Startups to Corporations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2013) - Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software for system administrators, confirmed today that thought leaders and industry experts from Bank of America, Cisco, Google, Juniper Networks, Microsoft Corp., PayPal, Red Hat, ThoughtWorks and VMware will present at its third annual international user conference, PuppetConf. Taking place at The Fairmont San Francisco, August 22-23, PuppetConf 2013 delivers two action-packed days of keynotes, presentations, and workshops focusing on the latest trends and best practices in DevOps, cloud automation, and continuous delivery.

"Growing business demands coupled with the rapid rate of change in IT require ops teams to be more agile than ever," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. "IT automation is no longer an option, but a requirement for today's fast-moving business landscape. We're proud to have an impressive list of IT thought leaders and practitioners gather at PuppetConf to share how they're using Puppet Labs' technologies to get more done in less time."

PuppetConf 2013 will cater to system administrators, architects, engineers, developers, IT managers and directors seeking ideas for delivering business results faster, at higher levels of quality. Conference highlights include sessions on best practices, technical how-tos, demos and hands-on labs focused on Puppet Enterprise and its ecosystem of supporting technologies.

This year's conference will feature more than 70 sessions led by thought leaders and experts from the world's leading innovative companies, including:

  • Luke Kanies, Puppet Labs
  • Nicholas Weaver, VMware
  • Brian Stevens, Red Hat
  • Reinhardt Quelle, Cisco
  • Gordon Rowell, Google
  • Jez Humble, ThoughtWorks
  • Stan Hsu, PayPal
  • Greg Oehman,
  • Gene Kim, Author of The Phoenix Project
  • Benjamin Irizarry, Bank of America
  • Daniel Lobato Garcia, CERN
  • John Willis, Dell
  • Ben Schofield, ESPN
  • Jeremy Schulman, Juniper Networks
  • Peter Pouliot, Microsoft
  • Greg Swift, Rackspace
  • Carla Souza, Reliant Security

A current schedule of PuppetConf speakers is available here.

In 2012, PuppetConf drew a sold-out audience of more than 800 customers, users, and technology partners. This year, it is expected to double in size to 1,600 attendees. More than 40 leading companies will sponsor PuppetConf 2013, including 10Gen, Cloudability, Fedora, GitHub, Jive Software, Juniper, Loggly, LogicMonitor, MomentumSI, NETWAYS, Ooyala, O'Reilly, Perforce, USENIX, and VMware, a 120% growth in sponsorships over last year.

Supporting Quotes

"PuppetConf is always an exciting venue to show off new technologies," said Nicholas Weaver, Cloud Automation Architect, Hybrid Cloud Services, VMware. "VMware's strategic partnership with Puppet Labs enables customers to better automate and manage their IT environments. I look forward to sharing more about our joint integrations during my keynote presentation."

"PuppetConf is a great gathering of many of the people pushing IT operations and cloud computing forward," said Brian Stevens, CTO and VP Worldwide Engineering, Red Hat. "I'm excited to keynote and talk about Red Hat's collaboration within the open source spectrum of cloud computing that is redefining our portfolio."

"Puppet has been a key part of the adoption of DevOps practices at Cisco, enabling software deployments for every WebEx platform from bare metal through our OpenStack IaaS," said Reinhardt Quelle, operations architect at Cisco. "We're excited that at PuppetConf we'll be able to discuss strategies and the lessons we've learned."

"PuppetConf brings together some of the best minds in IT operations," said Jez Humble, Principal, ThoughtWorks. "This community has been on the forefront of DevOps since the movement's inception, and I look forward to sharing the latest insights into how DevOps is impacting businesses."

"PuppetConf is a great chance to get together with the top minds in IT operations and share best practices for DevOps and cloud automation," said Gordon Rowell, Site Reliability Manager, Google.

"Puppet Enterprise enables PayPal to automate and scale its mission-critical infrastructure to keep up with customer demand," said Ryan Granard, Vice President of Platform Engineering, PayPal. "PuppetConf is a great opportunity to swap best practices with the large Puppet community, and our team is looking forward to participating."

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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, 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,, Oracle/Sun, Shopzilla, and Zynga. Based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs employs more than 140 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

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