Puppet Labs Introduces Puppet Application Orchestration
October 02, 2015

Puppet Labs announced Puppet Application Orchestration, a new way to help organizations orchestrate the deployment and management of business-critical infrastructure and applications. This simplified application orchestration process enables customers to model distributed applications and application stacks as Puppet code so they can quickly and reliably roll out new infrastructure and applications.

“Over the past several years, Puppet’s model-based approach has become the standard for modern infrastructure management. Puppet Application Orchestration is a direct extension of our existing strengths and technologies, adding new tools and capabilities that give our customers a full management stack, from bare metal all the way up to modern distributed applications,” said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs. “It marks a huge step forward for the industry, and it’s just the beginning of another decade of innovation from Puppet Labs. Because Application Orchestration is built on the core concepts underlying our past 10 years of success, and can use any of the 3,500 public Forge modules, any team using Puppet has an unfair advantage over competitors who can’t deploy as quickly.”

As a complete management stack on a single platform, Puppet Application Orchestration reduces the complexity of deploying and managing applications that are composed of multiple applications or services, spanning multiple nodes. It provides the ability to model applications as code, including the dependencies between different services and systems that make up an application or application stack. Major additions to the Puppet DSL let you model application relationships, including relationships with underlying infrastructure. Based on that model, a new orchestrator ensures that the right things happen in the right order on the right machines as the application is deployed, updated or destroyed. This represents a completely new way of orchestrating activities, based on modeling rather than explicitly defining a series of actions.

Because Puppet Application Orchestration relies on the core Puppet platform, customers will benefit from:

- Proven technology. Puppet’s model-driven approach is used by 30,000 companies around the world, including 65 percent of the Fortune 100.

- Scale. Puppet is used to manage millions of nodes, including single installations that manage more than 50,000 nodes.

- Application-model building blocks. More than 3,500 modules are freely available from the Puppet Forge to use as building blocks when defining application stacks. A number of modules are supported for Puppet Enterprise customers.

Puppet Application Orchestration will be generally available later this year and will be included as part of customers’ Puppet Enterprise license. Language changes used to model applications will be available as part of Open Source Puppet, with additional open source tooling coming in subsequent updates.

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