SOURCE: Puppet Labs

August 04, 2015 11:00 ET

Puppet Labs Collaborates With Cisco to Enable Automation of Next-Generation Networks

Puppet Enterprise and Cisco NX-OS Integrated Joint Solution to Enable DevOps Practices and Automates Tasks

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - Aug 4, 2015) - Puppet Labs, the leading provider of IT automation software, today announces the integration of Puppet Enterprise and Cisco Open NX-OS, in collaboration with Cisco as part of the Cisco Solution Partner Program.

Puppet Labs is making available today a native Puppet NX-OS agent and Cisco Puppet Module. Cisco Open NX-OS will be delivered in Q3CY15 for the Cisco Nexus 3000 and 9000, and the integrated Puppet Labs solutions will be usable by customers upon delivery of this new version of the operating system. Puppet Labs is a Cisco Solution Partner and this compatible solution will bring infrastructure as code practices to the management of Cisco Nexus 3000 and 9000 Series Switches.

As increased competition and accelerating business pace force IT organizations to move faster while maintaining service availability, SDN has been embraced by many to increase operational speed and efficiency of network management. Infrastructure as code implements SDN to enable DevOps practices such as cross-team change collaboration, automated infrastructure testing and automated application deployments that span compute, storage and network.

"Cisco's Open NX-OS platform will enable network administrators to automate more of their data center," said Nigel Kersten, CIO of Puppet Labs. "Our collaboration with Cisco will enable our joint customers to realize the benefits of SDN implemented through infrastructure as code and extend DevOps practices to more teams within IT operations."

Cisco NX-OS, the operating system for Cisco Nexus switches, will support desired state automation through the new native Puppet Enterprise agent. The integration with Puppet Enterprise utilizes the programming capabilities and open APIs included in Cisco NX-OS and enables IT administrators to automate management and configuration of their network infrastructure.

"The new Cisco Open NX-OS platform for Nexus 9000 and 3000 Series Switches delivers a programmable API and object model to automate network configuration and management while taking advantage of familiar Linux toolsets," said Frank D'Agostino, CTO of Technical Marketing for Cisco's Insieme Business Unit. "The tight integration of Puppet Enterprise and Cisco Open NX-OS will provide greater SDN-based programmable infrastructure capabilities that enable advanced, automated DevOps capabilities for customers."

Joint customers will be able to automate Day One tasks such as the configuration of SNMP, authentication, and logging, and also Day Two and Day Three tasks, such as configuration of port channels, VLANS and dynamic routes. Teams will be able to deploy and monitor changes that span compute and networking -- all with Puppet Enterprise.

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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, 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 Bank of America, Cisco, NYSE, Salesforce.com and WebEx. Based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs employs more than 360 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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