Puppet Labs Secures $30 Million Investment From VMware

Puppet Labs Secures $30 Million Investment From VMware 
Companies Form Strategic Partnership to Deliver IT Management
Solutions for Virtualization and Cloud 
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwire) -- 01/23/13 --  Puppet Labs, a leading
provider of IT automation software for system administrators, today
announced that VMware, Inc. has invested $30 million in the company.
Coincident with the funding, the companies agreed to a strategic
partnership for delivering IT management solutions that will enable
customers to fully realize the agility and productivity benefits of
virtualization and cloud in heterogeneous, multi-vendor IT
environments. Through the funding and partnership, Puppet Labs will
be able to accelerate the development of its award-winning products,
increase market adoption in new geographies, and work jointly with
VMware to deliver, market and sell solutions. 
"Puppet Labs is at the forefront of IT automation, and is a catalyst
in the DevOps movement -- accelerating service delivery and business
agility," said Ramin Sayar, Vice President and General Manager,
Virtualization & Cloud Management, VMware. "This strategic investment
and partnership will further accelerate the software-defined data
center, and will allow a more extensive automation and orchestration
solution across infrastructure and application elements for
VMware-based private and public clouds, physical infrastructures,
OpenStack and Amazon Web Services." 
Virtualization and cloud computing promise enterprise IT
organizations step-function improvements in agility and productivity.
However, legacy IT systems management vendors have been unable to
fully unlock this potential, as their solutions were conceived before
DevOps and the cloud. In contrast, Puppet Labs' declarative,
model-based approach provides IT operations the tools they need to
manage at the rate and scale of the cloud. As a result, Puppet Labs
is seeing accelerating market demand. 
Industry analysts recognize the disruptive impact virtualization and
cloud are having on the IT management sector as well, particularly
regarding deployment cycle expectations. According to Gartner, "The
desire to speed up the introduction of software updates into
production is stimulating interest in tools that can automate the
build, test and release life cycle," in the April 19th "Cool Vendors
in DevOps, 2012" research, authored by Ronni Colville, et al. 
Customers today are already finding benefit in the interoperability
of the VMware and Puppet Labs products. For example, Puppet
Enterprise, Puppet Labs' flagship commercial product, enables system
administrators to automatically and dynamically provision, configure,
and manage virtual machines, taking advantage of the VMware
vSphere(R) API. Customers use the integration of VMware vFabric(TM)
Application Director(TM) with Puppet Enterprise for dynamically
provisioning private cloud services, leveraging the more than 750
ready-to-run application configuration modules available on Puppet
Forge, Puppet Labs' online content marketplace. As part of the
strategic partnership, going forward VMware and Puppet Labs will
collaborate on additional product integrations, including VMware
vCloud(R) Automation Center(TM), VMware vCenter(TM) Operations
Manager(TM), and VMware vCenter Configuration Manager(TM). 
"Both Puppet Labs and VMware are key technology partners in
implementing a DevOps approach to application delivery," said Mark
Schena, Systems Automation Manager at Constant Contact, a leading
provider of online marketing services to more than 500,000 small
businesses. "We look forward to seeing the benefits of tighter
product integration between them." 
"VMware's leadership in virtualization and cloud computing is
changing the landscape of IT," said Luke Kanies, founder and CEO of
Puppet Labs. "With this funding and strategic partnership, Puppet
Labs and VMware will together enable IT customers to move faster, at
greater scale, within diverse IT environments." 
Recent Awards 

--  Virtualization Review: 2013 Editor's Choice Award
--  Linux Journal: 2012 Reader's Choice - Best Configuration Management
--  InfoWorld: 2012 BOSSIE - Best Open Source Data Center and Cloud
--  Selected 2012 Red Herring Global 100 Winner
--  Best of VMworld 2012: Virtualization Management Finalist

Additional Resources 

--  Sign up for tomorrow's webinar on VMware & Puppet Labs product
--  Follow Puppet Labs on Twitter @puppetlabs
--  Learn more about Puppet Enterprise

About Puppet Labs
 Puppet Labs, Inc. is the leader in IT automation.
Puppet Labs' software provides system administrators the operational
agility, efficiency and insight they need to proactively manage
dynamic infrastructure, scaling from tens of servers to thousands,
physical or virtual, on-premise or in the cloud. Thousands of the
world's leading organizations are using Puppet Labs' software to
configure and manage their IT infrastructure, including Citrix, eBay,
NYSE, Match.com, Oracle/Sun, Shopzilla, and Zynga. Now numbering more
than 100 employees and based in Portland, Oregon, Puppet Labs is
backed by investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google
Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson
Street Partners. To learn more, please visit www.puppetlabs.com. 
Puppet Labs and Puppet are trademarks of Puppet Labs Inc. All other
company and product names mentioned are used only for identification
purposes and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective companies. 
VMware, VMware vCenter, VMware vCloud, vSphere, vFabric Application
Manager, vCloud Automation Center, vCenter Operations Manager, and
vCenter Configuration Manager are registered trademarks or trademarks
of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use
of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal
partnership relationship between VMware and any other company. 
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Susan Torrey
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