High availability with the new Puppet Enterprise 2016.5

As more organizations recognize just how important a competitive differentiator technology can be, they are transforming themselves into software companies. These companies want to deliver more value to customers through software, and know they need to do it faster. This urgency has fueled the adoption of automation and other core DevOps practices — proven ways to get great software out the door quickly.

The need to compete via fast release of high-quality software has made Puppet Enterprise the platform of choice for enterprises. With a common language for automating both delivery and operation of software, Puppet helps our customers manage mission-critical technology in many of the world's largest data centers.

Because Puppet Enterprise is the standard way that organizations install, configure and maintain their software, they expect the Puppet platform to be always available. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about our latest release, Puppet Enterprise 2016.5. It introduces new high-availability capabilities to eliminate a single point of failure for Puppet, and provide automated failover and redundancy in the event of an outage. This ensures that Puppet continues to manage your infrastructure and enforce configurations, even if an outage affects the hardware Puppet runs on.

When a failure is detected on the Puppet master server, whether due to a power outage, natural disaster, or other incident, Puppet Enterprise will now fail over to a local replica server that you have already provisioned. This replica will automatically take over to ensure that Puppet continues to orchestrate deployments and enforce desired configurations. With the new high-availability capabilities, Puppet can now automatically detect when a problem affects the Puppet master, so you won't have to manually intervene in any disaster recovery and failover processes for Puppet.

I’m excited to get this release out the door and available for you today. As always, I look forward to your feedback on what’s working well and what you’d like to see us do differently.

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Jamie Hull is vice president of products at Puppet.

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