Puppet was designed as a configuration management tool for Unix-like systems. It runs on Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, AIX, MacOS and, since Version 2.7.6, also on Windows.
Over the years, however, it became clear that automation in a datacenter must also involve other families of devices: network equipment, storage devices, and virtualization solutions.
The same interest of companies such as Cisco and VMware who are investors and technological partners of Puppet Labs could only facilitate Puppet's steps into these territories. We are already seeing the results of these partnerships, and the vision of a software-defined datacenter is also taking shape under a Puppet-driven perspective.
In this chapter, we will review ...