No strings to hold them down

VMware invest additional $30m into Puppet Labs

Chris Mayer
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New funding from the virtualisation giant begins “strategic partnership” with the automation tool startup

Puppet Labs, home of automation tool Puppet, today sealed
an $30m investment round from virtualisation giant
VMware.

The latest cash injection takes the Portland-based startup to
a total of $45m worth of funding in four years, with


VMware comfortably holding the lion’s share at
$38.5m
. The duo also revealed details of a
“strategic partnership” to help deliver new management products for
mutual customers of the two firms.

VMware’s decision to offload all non-virtualisation software
in the

Pivot Initiative
last month allows them to
focus on sysadmins alone, and less so the developer. With Puppet
already being a DevOps favourite, it’s easy to see how the tool
fits into their plans.

Ramin Sayar, who manages VMware’s Virtualization & Cloud
Management division, described Puppet Labs as “a catalyst in the
DevOps movement” before explaining that the investment would enable
VMware to pursue a “more extensive automation and orchestration
solution” across private, public and hybrid
infrastructures.


In a blog post,
Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies
describes “the
cloud, DevOps, and the consumerization
of IT” as “Puppet Labs’ sweet spot.”
The commercial
agreement doesn’t mean that Puppet will become VMware-centric
however, with Kanies elaborating that Puppet Labs’s strength lies
in diverse environments.

“Fundamentally, this new partnership is about enabling Puppet
Labs to continue growing, to keep us in the best position to fill
the gap left by the lack of adaptation by the incumbents,” he
said.

Boasting 3.5m downloads in 2012 alone across their product
range, Puppet Labs appear to and today’s announcement opens up
their automation software to a whole new set of clients who
previously snubbed ‘Devops-like’ principles.

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