Automation specialist Puppet Labs has formed a momentous partnership with Cisco, EMC, F5, Arista, Cumulus, Huawei and NetApp to help deliver software defined networking across enterprise datacentres.
The Puppet Supported Program is a certification program that enables customers to extend the benefits of automation across their entire datacentre.
The program enables customers to speed application delivery using a single solution to automate not only servers and software, but also network and storage devices.
Together with launch partners Arista Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Cumulus Networks, Dell, EMC, F5, Huawei and NetApp, Puppet Labs is certifying Puppet Enterprise for platforms and devices.
This collaboration will allow companies to deploy software faster and with fewer errors, iterate more quickly, and rapidly adapt to fast-changing business needs, according to a company statement.
Puppet Labs chief technology officer, Nigel Kersten, told ARN there were a lot of competing arguments about SDN.
"This is a really big shift for us," he said. "It is more of an application-centric view.
"It allows you to stand stand up your workloads in 20 mins and it is really about giving an automated end-to-end platform with all the components of the datacentre."
Kersten said there were a lot of vendors asking for the same things.
"We already had deep relationships with a lot of these companies, that have gone on for a long time.
"Some of them have clearly invested in us and we have relationships on multiple layers. It's a good group of people."
Kersten said there would be more companies rolling out the technology over the next year.
"For the resellers, it means integrators will be able to sell much broader packages," he said.
"It will help people get those vendors into view.
"Clearly we are hoping to grow and this will allow us to reach into a whole new market, this will let us expand into network and storage to leverage SDN."
Virtualisation, Cloud technologies and IT automation have dramatically reduced the time it takes to provision servers and quickly scale to meet business demands.
But in most cases networking and storage services are still provisioned manually, creating a bottleneck that makes it harder to realise the full benefits of advanced datacentre technologies.
Integrating Puppet Enterprise with network and storage devices brings the benefits of automation to networking and folds it into overall management of the entire datacentre, according to a company statement.
Puppet Labs chief executive, Luke Kanies, said IT automation was an business imperative.
"It’s why I founded Puppet Labs and why we’re seeing broad market adoption," he said.
"Extending our automation leadership across all layers of the datacentre is the next step towards our goal: continually increasing the rate of technology change, while driving the cost to zero.
“Through Puppet Enterprise and the Puppet Supported Program, we’re giving organizations the ability to make the delivery of great software one of their biggest competitive advantages.”
Cisco marketing vice president, Colin Kincaid, said Nexus switches would automate network provisioning, patch management and configuration tasks.
"Automating these manual and error-prone tasks gives DevOps teams the ability to accelerate application delivery,” he said.
"Together with Puppet Labs, we're providing joint solutions that enable customers to create an agile infrastructure that will meet changing business needs with the highest levels of reliability and performance."
EMC chief technology officer, Ed Walsh, said EMC and Puppet Labs previously collaborated in the development of Razor, a first in kind automated bare metal server provisioning solution.
"EMC’s collaboration in the Puppet Supported Program is the next step in helping to ensure we provide our customers with high quality, validated automation solutions as they accelerate their journey to the cloud."
Huawei vice president of solution sales, enterprise US, Jun Xu, said the company was working with Puppet Labs to automate the configuration and management of Huawei Cloud Engine Switches with Puppet Enterprise.
“Customers will be able to configure their Huawei switches once and use Puppet Enterprise to consistently deploy applications, reducing time to value and increasing application velocity.”
NetApp senior director, Cloud Solutions Group, Jeff O’Neal, said, as companies transitioned to a software-defined service delivery, optimal storage and data management would be critical to their success.
“Combined with NetApp technology, the Puppet Supported Program will enable customers to extend the benefits of automation across their entire datacentre and address the challenge of IT in transition.”
F5 director of Business Development, Phil de la Motte, said integration with F5 allowed customers to simply configure BIG-IP solutions and extend automated services to support rapid application deployments, reducing time-to-value and enabling more flexible data centers.
Arista Networks vice president of alliances, Ed Chapman, said service provider and enterprise companies building next generation cloud datacentres required a software driven network architecture that delivered rich, programmable capabilities that pushed down Opex costs
"The integration of Puppet Enterprise with Arista EOS (Extensible Operating System) provides automation, efficiency and agility to our joint customers.”