The open source Puppet configuration management system is widely used to get software onto servers. Now the developers behind Puppet are going a step further, taking aim at bare metal provisioning in an open source effort with EMC called Razor.
“Provisioning is the critical first step in the application lifecycle — everywhere you have infrastructure, you have to have bare metal somewhere,” Luc Kanies, CEO of Puppet Labs told InternetNews.com. “The easier it is to turn that bare metal into what you need it to be, the more efficient your infrastructure will be.”
Kanies noted that system administrators for the most part still rely on single vendor platform provisioning tools and there’s a need for a cross-platform tool. That’s what Razor is all about. It’s a tool that provides agility at the physical layer, so a server admin that wants to make changes to a thousand different servers doesn’t have to go through menial steps at the physical level.