Pulling the strings

Puppet Labs acquires DevOps startup CloudSmith

Chris Mayer

The DevOps fan favourite company bring the Puppet partner under their control to integrate IDE Geppetto and Stack Hammer.


IT automation tool master Puppet Labs notches up its second acquisition, purchasing one of its partners, Cloudsmith.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed for the company which specialises in providing tools to aid the ease of automation for Puppet users. However, all seven of Cloudsmith’s staff will join the Puppet Labs team.

Launched in 2007, the New York-based startup Cloudsmith has two main tools – Geppetto, an Eclipse IDE plug-in for altering and publishing Puppet modules, and Stack Hammer, a integration, testing and deployment service for customised Puppet modules. The assembled stacks are stored on GitHub, which users can then deploy on Amazon Web Services EC2.

Both hold great value to Puppet Labs. Cloudsmith CEO Mitch Sonies said that the Geppetto community had exceeded “10,000 users in a short period of time”. Stack Hammer “will be the heart” of Puppet Labs relaunch in August, Puppet Labs founder Luke Kanies told IDG News Service’s Joab Jackson, as the company invest in a cloud-heavy strategy moving forward.

The CEO went on further to explain that the company plans to tightly integrate Cloudsmith’s offering into Puppet Enterprise, their flagship product.

“The Cloudsmith team is stacked with an exceptional group of technologists who are influential and heavily involved in both the Puppet and Eclipse communities,” he added.

Created in 2005 by Kanies, Puppet has become a favourite of the DevOps fanatic’s toolbox in recent years, for its elegant orchestration method and the way it creates workflows that treats infrastructure as code. The company behind it has been an equally rapid trajectory. Back in January, VMware pumped in $30m, seeing great potential in the automation project for their virtualisation services.

Kanies told the Register that while future acquisitions were possible, it would be in terms of “teams and technology, not revenue streams.”

“I don’t want to look up five years from now and have 150 different products. Stapling a lot of products together is usually not a very good experience for customers.”

Puppet Labs will relaunch Geppetto at August’s Puppet user conference PuppetConf, in San Francisco.

Puppets image courtesy of kudumomo
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