Published on 10 June 2015 by

With Cisco Live in full swing, we'd like to update you on our partnership with Cisco. We’ve been working to build on our long relationship and our experience with the Cisco device support contributed by the Puppet community.

While open source Puppet has had Cisco device support since 2011, the community-contributed support hasn’t been maintained consistently since release. Still, as Puppet users implemented it, we learned a lot about their needs and how using Puppet has changed the way they think about their network.

Going forward, the partnership between Cisco and Puppet Labs is about building a deeper technical integration and a product roadmap for future integrations. We expect to have our initial integrations generally available later this year, but we’re so excited about this work, we couldn’t resist sharing a sneak peak of the upcoming integration with you today.

Puppet’s human-readable configuration language empowers previously siloed teams to cross-collaborate on changes that span compute and network. The fact that Puppet implements infrastructure as code means those cross-team changes can be written, reviewed, tested, and deployed together in concert, rather than coordinated by multiple teams through tickets and lengthy deployment conference calls.

The ability to unify change management processes and monitor deployments across multiple teams with a single tool dramatically increases IT performance. The 2014 DevOps report showed the top predictors of IT performance, and each predictor requires the management of infrastructure as if it were code. If you want to manage your network just like you're managing your computing resources — and you should — you'll want to stay tuned for what's to come in the Cisco and Puppet Labs partnership.

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This effort will drive the demand for a unique skill sets which can work across the unclear boundaries of Dev Ops.
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