Puppet Labs Pulls the String to Acquire Cloudsmith

The vendor behind open source Gepetto gets a new master.


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The open source Puppet configuration management tool has emerged in recent years as being a key technology for cloud and virtualization enablement.

Puppet is backed by Puppet Labs, which today announced the acquisition of Cloudsmith, which build tools that will extends Puppet's reach into the cloud. Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed and all members of the Cloudsmith's current staff will be retained.

"The Cloudsmith team has deep expertise with developers and their requirements for development tools, open source, and Java," Luke Kanies, told Datamation. "As DevOps lowers the barriers between IT development and operations teams, Cloudsmith's expertise and technologies are a great complement to Puppet Labs' operations experience and products."

Kanies added that the Puppet/Cloudsmith combination will enable Puppet Labs to provide automation solutions that facilitate development and operations collaboration and faster delivery of applications.

As is the case with the core Puppet solution, Cloudsmith's core tools are also all open source.

"Geppetto, Cloudsmith's IDE for building, testing, and publishing Puppet modules, is 100 percent open source," Kanies said. "Stack Hammer, Cloudsmith's hosted service of workflows that integrate GitHub and Amazon EC2, is a service built on both open source and proprietary technologies"

One of the many reasons that Puppet is both popular and successful is because of its extensibility. That extensibility is often enabled via modules that are available on the Puppet Forge that currently has over 1,200 open source Puppet modules.

"The Geppetto IDE is a great tool that makes it easy for sysadmins and devops teams to use these open source Puppet modules and tailor them to their specific environments and requirements," Kanies said.

Moving forward, Kanies said that Geppetto will continue as a stand-alone IDE product. The plan is for Geppetto to be re-launched at PuppetConf, which is being held Aug 22-23 in San Francisco. He added that the Stack Hammer core technologies will be integrated into future releases of Puppet Labs' products, with more details on that being provided at PuppetConf.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at Datamation and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Tags: open source, cloud computing

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