Puppet Labs Acquires Cloudsmith to Expand IT Automation Platform

Puppet Labs is gobbling up Cloudsmith. The two companies have collaborated in the past, and now the seven employees that comprise Cloudsmith will direct their talents to working directly on the Puppet IT automation platform.

Puppet Labs and Cloudsmith are on the cutting edge of the DevOps movement—a trend driven by the need for more frequent code updates that allows developers and IT operations to collaborate and work more efficiently together. The merged relationship between development and operations teams enables more frequent updates with less risk of adverse impact on the network.

Puppet Labs describes the importance of DevOps on its site: “By aligning goals and sharing strategies, DevOps practices can improve efficiency and quality of code shipped, allowing businesses to innovate quickly while providing a higher standard of support.”

Puppet Labs is more focused on the IT operations side of things, and Cloudsmith creates developer tools based on Puppet. Merging the capabilities of the two together will result in a more powerful platform for testing and deploying new code, and give IT admins the tools they need to effectively manage virtual and cloud servers.

Puppet is an open source platform that SMBs can take advantage of to automate system configuration for thousands of servers (or virtual servers) at once through simple scripts. Puppet Labs also sells services and support for Puppet, and offers a premium version called Puppet Enterprise.

Virtual servers enable SMBs to get a lot more bang for the proverbial buck. Rather than investing in an entire data center filled with racks of servers, a small or medium business can leverage something like a Dell PowerEdge VRTX to host hundreds of virtual servers and the accompanying data storage in a single tower.

Virtual and cloud servers are both cost-effective tools that enable a business of any size to get the most out of the investment in server hardware, and scale quickly to meet spikes in demand. Virtual or not, though, all of the servers still need to be configured and managed.

Puppet is especially important for small and medium businesses. There are plenty of IT automation and system administration tools available for enterprise customers, but they’re generally too expensive and too complex for smaller companies. Puppet and Cloudsmith together have the potential to give small business IT admins a proven platform for IT automation and system administration that won’t break the bank.

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