Puppet Announces Puppet Discovery, Can Now Find and Manage Your Stuff Everywhere

Puppet recently wrapped up their conference, PuppetConf2017, and made some product announcements at the same time. I thought I’d provide some brief coverage of one of the key announcements here.

 

What’s a Discovery Puppet?

No, it’s Puppet Discovery, and it’s the evolution of Puppet’s focus on container and cloud infrastructure discovery, and the result of feedback from their customers on what’s been a challenge for them. Puppet describe it as “a new turnkey approach to traditional and cloud resource discovery”.

It also provides:

  • Agentless service discovery for AWS EC2, containers, and physical hosts;
  • Actionable views across the environment; and
  • The ability to bring unmanaged resources under Puppet management.

Puppet Discovery currently allows for discovery of VMware vSphere VMs, AWS and Azure resources, and containers, with support for other cloud vendors, such as Google Cloud Platform, to follow.

 

Conclusion and Further Reading

Puppet have been around for some time and do a lot of interesting stuff. I haven’t covered them previously on this blog, but that doesn’t mean they’re not doing interesting stuff. I have a lot of customers leveraging Puppet in the wild, and any time companies make the discovery, management and automation of infrastructure easier I’m all for it. I’m particularly enthusiastic about the hybrid play, as I agree with Puppet’s claim that a lot of these types of solutions work particularly well on static, internal networks but struggle when technologies such as containers and public cloud come into play.

Just like VM sprawl before it, cloud sprawl is a problem that enterprises, in particular, are starting to experience with more frequency. Tools like Discovery can help identify just what exactly has been deployed. Once users have a better handle on that, they can start to make decisions about what needs to stay and what should go. I think this is key to good infrastructure management, regardless of whther you were jeans and a t-shirt to work or prefer a suit and tie.

The press release for Puppet Discovery can be found here. You can apply to participate in the preview phase here. There’s also a blog post covering the announcement here.

Brisbane VMUG – September 2016

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The September version of the Brisbane VMUG meeting will be held on Thursday 22nd September at Telstra in the city from 2 – 4 pm. It’s sponsored by SimpliVity and should make for a great session.

Here’s the agenda:

  • 2:00 – 2:15pm: Registration and Welcome
  • 2:15 – 2:30pm: VMUG and VMworld Update
  • 2:30 – 3:15pm: SimpliVity HCI Market announcements VMworld 2016
    1. SimpliVity All Flash
    2. Enterprise Scale for VDI
    3. Database backup enhancements
    4. Automated DR testing
    5. Analyst Coverage

     

  • 3:15 – 3:45pm: vROps and SimpliVity live demo
  • 3:45 – 4:00pm: Q&A with customers

SimpliVity have done some great presentations for VMUG in the past and I’m really looking forward to hearing about their recent product announcements and seeing their vROps demo. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.

Brisbane VMUG – August 2016

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The August edition of the Brisbane VMUG will be held on Tuesday 8th August at EMC’s office in the city (Level 11, 345 Queen Street, Brisbane) from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. It’s sponsored by VMware and should be a lot of fun.

Here’s the agenda:

I’m really looking forward to Michael Francis continuing his enablement series on vRO. You can find out more information and register for the event here. I hope to see you there. Also, if you’re interested in sponsoring one of these events, please get in touch with me and I can help make it happen.