SaltStack (or Salt, for short) is an open source project that was started by Thomas Hatch in 2011. It was originally intended to be a lightning-fast remote-execution system. Later, the various pieces that make up the Salt that we know today were added on top of this flexible layer. Salt is now one of the most popular open source projects in the world and one of the most popular infrastructure management platforms.

The project is managed by SaltStack, a company dedicated to preserving the open source nature of the software. SaltStack provides service, long-term support, and custom code in its enterprise product. The company also supports the open source Salt project with a team of dedicated engineers.

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