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Puppet Labs partners to automate enterprise networking

Puppet Labs, a provider of IT automation software, has set up a cooperative program with several leading IT vendors to develop joint solutions to extend the automation of IT systems across the enterprise.

The new program aims to speed provisioning of networking and storage services, components of the enterprise that are usually set up manually and thus often create data center bottlenecks.

In setting the program, Puppet has allied with network and storage players Arista Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Cumulus Networks, Dell, EMC, F5, Huawei and NetApp.

“This collaboration will allow organizations to deploy software faster and with fewer errors, iterate more quickly and rapidly adapt to fast-changing business needs,” Puppet said.

The company cited estimates by Gartner that claim the system can cut provisioning times for new applications by more than 80 percent, “reducing typical turnaround times from weeks to days.”

Automated provisioning of the services also leads to higher network reliability because “manual provisioning mistakes are significantly reduced,” Puppet said in its announcement the project.

"Leveraging Puppet Labs’ IT automation solution, Nexus switches automate network provisioning, patch management and configuration tasks,” said Cisco marketing vice president Colin Kincaid. “Automating these manual and error-prone tasks gives DevOps teams the ability to accelerate application delivery.”

Ultimately, “our goal is to extend the reach of automation to every device in the data center, making it easier than ever for organizations to deliver great software quickly and reliably. That's a big competitive advantage in today's technology-driven business environment,” said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of Puppet Labs.

Posted by GCN Staff on Jun 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM


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