James Turnbull

Published on 5 May 2010 by

A former IT executive in the banking industry and author of five technology books, James has been involved in IT Operations for nearly twenty years and is an advocate of open source technology. He joined Puppet Labs in May of 2010. James manages Professional Services, Technology Operations, and Support for Puppet Labs.

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Puppet included in Morphlabs mCloud cloud computing platform

Published on 23 April 2010 by

This week Morphlabs announced their mCloud cloud computing platform geared at simplifying cloud management. Puppet is included in their offering by default and confirms the trend that a key element of a successful cloud strategy is configuration management automation. When you are managing thousands or tens of thousands of virtual servers automating the provisioning, configuration and graceful return of those servers is a crucial element of success.

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James Turnbull (finally) joins Puppet Labs

Published on 12 April 2010 by

We're very excited to announce that after years of being a critical contributor to Puppet, including writing the Puppet Book, James Turnbull is joining Puppet Labs as Director of Operations, where he'll be responsible for infrastructure, support, and everything else we can get him to do.

He has been the merge master for Puppet for more than a year, and has built a lot of Puppet's service infrastructure, so it's great we're able to work with him to make Puppet his full time job.

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Puppet Labs to Present at Under The Radar Conference

Published on 8 April 2010 by

Puppets’ Data Center Automation Platform Provides the Flexibility and Agility Needed to Effectively Manage Non-Standardized IT Environments

Puppet Labs, home of Puppet, the open source leader in data center automation, will present at this year’s Under The Radar: Commercializing The Cloud Conference. Puppet Labs’ presentation is part of the event’s Infrastructure sessions, and will take place Friday, April 16th, from 3:15-5:00pm, at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, California.

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Concise writeup from administrator at Berkeley Lab Commons on why he chose Puppet over CFEngine

Published on 25 January 2010 by

I came across this link today describing a few reasons why James Welcher at Berkeley Lab Commons decided to use Puppet instead of CFEngine. He includes a link to an article from Luke Kanies as well as some good links for migrating from CFEngine to Puppet.

In his words, the reason he ultimately decided on Puppet hinged on its ability to handle more complex tasks:

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