Published on 11 October 2017 by

A little over a year ago Luke Kanies handed over the reins of Puppet to me. It’s been my privilege and honor to lead this company. And what a year it’s been. We continued to innovate, we grew our ecosystem, we opened new offices in Singapore and Seattle, and most recently, we acquired Distelli.

Puppet exists to make people more powerful through software. We believe in the power of the individual and what’s possible when we can free up your time to innovate. I’m amazed at what you, the community, have been able to accomplish as a result. You drive the world’s largest, most welcoming, vibrant and supportive community around automation. You care deeply about technology, and work to improve it. You’ve achieved success with automation and DevOps.

We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve helped you accomplish, but to be honest, we could help even more! That’s changing, starting now.

Building upon our heritage, today I’m pleased to announce our largest and most important set of product innovations. All with the intent to help you scale your automation pervasively throughout your organization.

Puppet Discovery™

First of all, there’s the new Puppet Discovery. It enables frictionless discovery of hybrid infrastructure, provides deep insights about that infrastructure, and helps you bring it all under control. Thanks to everyone who tried Puppet Cloud Discovery. Your input was invaluable in shaping our new product offering.

Learn more about what Puppet Discovery can do in today’s blog post, and download the technical preview here.

Puppet Tasks™

Next up, we wanted to complement Puppet’s model-driven approach and make it easy for you to troubleshoot systems, deploy one-off changes, and execute sequenced actions. Today we’re launching Puppet Tasks, a new family of offerings that include Puppet Bolt™, a new open source task runner, and Puppet Enterprise Task Management, which adds scale, governance and flexibility for automating tasks across your infrastructure and apps.

For more details, read our blog post about Puppet Tasks.

Puppet Pipelines™ and Puppet® Container Registry

We recently acquired the continuous delivery platform Distelli, and we’re happy to introduce their products as a part of our portfolio: Puppet Pipelines™ for Applications, Puppet Pipelines™ for Containers, and Puppet® Container Registry.

Get to know these new products better in our blog post.

Puppet Enterprise 2017.3

The latest version of Puppet Enterprise comes with enhancements to Package Inspector that make it easier to browse and search for packages, performance and scalability enhancements in the Puppet 5 Platform, expanded Japanese language support, as well as Puppet Enterprise Task Management.

See what’s new in our blog post.

New modules for Kubernetes, Helm and Docker

We’re serious about helping you adopt whatever’s next. Today we’re thrilled to announce new modules to install and manage Kubernetes and Helm, and the applications running on your Kubernetes clusters. We also released an enhanced Docker module with support for Puppet Code Manager, Docker Swarm mode, and Docker Secrets.

Check out this blog post for all the details.

New partnerships

We’re proud to announce new partnerships with Google, Splunk and Arm, and also share the momentum we’re seeing with our Technical Alliances Partnership Program.

We’ve been working closely with our friends at Google Cloud to develop modules that automate the provisioning, configuration and management of Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services. We announced our first set of GCP modules last month. Now we’re providing even more coverage to help customers migrate to the cloud faster with enhancements to existing modules plus three new modules: Google Cloud Spanner, Google Cloud Pub/Sub and Google Stackdriver. Google Cloud is also the first partner to include Puppet Tasks in their modules!

Splunk and Puppet have complementary products with Splunk providing insight into IT services and Puppet providing automated management and remediation capabilities. Together, we’ve released a new integration with Splunk ITSI, as well as a new app to give teams a foundation for continuous analysis and automation. The Splunk ITSI Module for Puppet Enterprise enables customers to identify an issue in Splunk ITSI and take action to remediate it with Puppet, all without leaving the Splunk interface. The Splunk App and Add-On for Puppet Enterprise gives customers a set of dashboards to view their Puppet Enterprise Server metrics so they can quickly troubleshoot issues.

Our Technology Alliance Partner Program (TAPP) continues to grow. We’re working with some of the most prevalent vendors and technologies to help spread automation across the enterprise. New TAPP partners include Barracuda, CloudPassage, Conjur/CyberArk, Cumulus Networks, Electric Cloud, F5, Intelliment Security, Onyx Point, Splunk, Praecipio Consulting, and Sensu.

Arm technology powers over 100 billion devices, smart phones and supercomputers around the world. In collaboration with Arm, later this year Puppet will release and support a new agent to manage infrastructure built on the 64-bit Arm architecture.

We’re excited to help you standardize, simplify and automate

I’ve been barely able to contain my excitement leading up to today’s announcements. Not just because we want to get this innovation into your hands but also because we are entering a new era of automation. One where software makes it apparent where to go next. One with insights about all of the critical resources running across your estate — along with the ability to take action, and actually do something about those insights. We’ve built upon our heritage to solve a broader set of challenges that will simplify, speed and scale your automation journey. We’re thrilled to partner with you and we can’t wait for what’s next.

Sanjay Mirchandani is the CEO of Puppet.

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