In the shadow of its PuppetConf event, Puppet this week launched new automation platforms targeting cloud management, and moved forward on embedding a recent acquisition.
The new products include Discovery, which gathers insight across deployed infrastructure, including on-premises, cloud, and containers. This can provide information on what’s running within a container or which packages might have a security vulnerability.
Alanna Brown, director of product marketing at Puppet, said Discovery can allow IT departments to map out what they have across their infrastructure, which is becoming increasingly important due to spiraling deployment methods.
“Many really can’t get started implementing automation because they don’t know what they have or how to really get started,” Brown said. She added that once a company has an idea of what it has and where, it can then move on mapping out plans to increase the use of automation in an effort to drive greater efficiencies.
Brown noted Discovery builds on Puppet’s Lumogon and Cloud Discovery product launches from earlier this year.
Puppet CTO Deepak Giridharagopal said at that time that the products were “pivotal” for the company as it looked to expand beyond its enterprise platform and into systems allowing for discovery and management.
The other new product is a family of open source offerings grouped under the Tasks label. Brown said the features include the ability to automate simple tasks across infrastructure without having to delve into more complex model-driven methods.
Tasks can be deployed as Puppet Bolt, using an open source, agentless task runner, or as Enterprise Task Management as part of Puppet Enterprise. Brown described the former as being more of a simple download, while the latter is part of the company’s Enterprise 2017.3 platform.
Brown said the overarching goal of the new products is to provide enterprises with a clear roadmap on evolving their automation plans. She noted the industry has fallen short on actually providing a deployment path for enterprises that are at various points of their cloud migration plans.
“Our enterprise customers have seen success with automation, but not enough to justify further investments,” Brown said. “They don’t have a clear path and are asking how they can expand these pockets of success across their organization…We think these platforms can provide at least a starting point for that journey.”
Puppet was cited by 451 Research as “among the most established automation tools providers in the enterprise segment.” Puppet competes against a number of DevOps tools providers, including Blue Medora, CA Technologies, Chef, Cloudbees, Dynatrace, Jfrog, SaltStack, and the Ansible arm of Red Hat.
Brown also updated Puppet’s ongoing integration of recently acquired container management provider Distelli. Puppet picked up the privately-held company last month for an undisclosed amount.
“Distelli has been fully folded into our operations,” Brown said. “They are really an awesome company with great technology.”
The Distelli deal brought on a dashboard for creating and managing Kubernetes containers, a platform for managing virtual machines, and a container registry for hosting Docker images. The platforms work with any server, including bare metal, public cloud, private cloud, virtual machines, and containers.
Brown explained Puppet has integrated the Distelli products into what are now called Pipelines for Apps, Pipelines for Containers, and Container Registry.
Pipelines for Apps provides automation from every commit to every deployment to ensure delivery and shipping consistency. Pipelines for Containers allows for the building of Docker images from a source repository and deployment into a Kubernetes cluster. And Container Registry allows software teams to host and manage Docker images within their infrastructure.
Enterprise Strategy Group Analyst Edwin Yuen said the Distelli acquisition provided Puppet with greater depth in the container space for its service platform.
“This is part of the growing importance in managing the development and delivery of applications, not just the infrastructure to support it,” Yuen said. “The Distelli acquisition enables Puppet to work with both the IT teams that supports AppDev and the growing DevOps side also.”