Puppet Labs Acquires Cloudsmith
New Acquisition Integrates Engineering Teams and Products to
Accelerate Enterprise Adoption of IT Automation
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 07/17/13 -- Puppet Labs, the
leading provider of IT automation software for system administrators,
today announced its acquisition of Cloudsmith, a provider of
development tools for rapidly building and testing infrastructure
automation. The acquisition of Cloudsmith accelerates Puppet Labs'
mission of making it easier to manage the flow of changes in complex
According to technology research firm Gartner, automation is one of
the top initiatives for enterprise IT in 2013. Cloudsmith provides
tools for system administrators and developers that make it easier to
automate management of IT resources through intuitive GUIs and SaaS
applications. Combined with Puppet Labs' flagship product, Puppet
Enterprise, customers experience increased productivity and
accelerated time to automation. Puppet Labs plans to tightly
integrate Cloudsmith's products with Puppet Enterprise to further
build on these benefits.
"The Cloudsmith team is stacked with an exceptional group of
technologists who are influential and heavily involved in both the
Puppet and Eclipse communities," said Luke Kanies, CEO and founder of
Puppet Labs. "Like Puppet Labs, Cloudsmith cares about its products'
ease of use and has tremendous expertise in building great tools. We
look forward to leveraging Cloudsmith's experience and technology in
our product suite to make automation accessible to an even larger
segment of enterprise IT professionals."
A virtual organization globally distributed across North America and
Europe, Cloudsmith is the developer of Geppetto, an integrated
development environment (IDE) for building and publishing Puppet
modules. The company also developed Stack Hammer, a service for
integrating, testing, and deploying collections of Puppet modules as
complete "stacks" through integrations with GitHub and Amazon EC2.
Following the acquisition, both Geppetto and Stack Hammer will
continue to be developed and supported, and all Cloudsmith employees
will be retained and integrated into Puppet Labs.
"We have been working with the Puppet Labs team and community for
years and find we have a shared vision, culture, and passion around
helping IT teams improve their lives through automation," said Mitch
Sonies, CEO and founder of Cloudsmith. "And while the Cloudsmith
Geppetto community has grown to more than 10,000 users in a short
period of time, together with Puppet Labs we're looking forward to
bringing Geppetto's ease-of-automation benefits to many, many more."
"When building or editing Puppet modules, I find Geppetto really
helpful for cross-checking variable references across classes and
checking parameters to classes and defines, which is something most
other tools cannot handle," said Erik Dalen, a system engineer in the
Site Reliability Engineering group at Spotify. "It has allowed me to
find a lot of bugs as I'm developing my Puppet modules without having
to commit and run the code in question."
More details about the integration of Cloudsmith's products will be
shared at PuppetConf 2013, August 22-23, in San Francisco. Learn more
about the conference.
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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,
on-premises and in the cloud. Thousands of the world's leading
organizations use Puppet Labs' software to configure and manage their
IT infrastructure, including Citrix, eBay, NYSE, Match.com,
Shopzilla, Bank of America and PayPal. Based in Portland, Oregon,
Puppet Labs employs more than 150 people. The company 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.
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