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Puppet Enterprise 2.5 Extends Beyond Configuration

The open source Puppet configuration management and automation tool has been widely used by an ever-increasing base of users, big and small. The new Puppet Enterprise 2.5 release announced this week takes that base a step further with advanced configuration tools that extend across Linux, Unix and Windows systems.

The open source Puppet configuration management and automation tool has been widely used by an ever-increasing base of users, big and small. The new Puppet Enterprise 2.5 release announced this week takes that base a step further with advanced configuration tools that extend across Linux, Unix and Windows systems.

Going a step further, the new Puppet release is moving beyond just configuration automation. The Puppet Data Library leverages all the configuration information that Puppet collects to help provide a comprehensive view of an enterprise infrastructure.

"There is a huge amount of data in infrastructure, and we've taken all the parts of Puppet that relate to data and wrapped them up into the Puppet Data Library," Kanies said. "Puppet knows a huge amount about what is going on in your infrastructure because Puppet is doing most of that work."

Puppet has both hardware and software inventory data that is collected in an automated way. The system also provides a configuration graph that has information on all the users, groups and services that are managed as well as the various dependencies across them all.

Read the full story at ServerWatch:
Puppet Enterprise 2.5 Takes Aim at Infrastructure

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.