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Puppet Labs Acquires Cloudsmith

Automation is one of the top initiatives for enterprise IT these days because of the productivity gains involved

IT automation house Puppet Labs has bought fellow traveler Cloudsmith and the two concerns are reportedly already functioning as single company.

It’s the first time Puppet has swallowed a whole company even if Cloudsmith and its seven people are more like just a tasty little morsel.

Terms were not disclosed but Puppet got a $30 million D round from VMware in January so no check should bounce.

Puppet wanted Cloudsmith’s development tools for rapidly building and testing infrastructure automation like its aptly named open source Geppetto IDE for building and publishing Puppet modules that’s aimed primarily at Java developers. Geppetto will be tightly integrated with its own flagship product, Puppet Enterprise.

Cloudsmith also had an SaaS application called Stack Hammer for integrating, testing and deploying collections of Puppet modules as complete “stacks” through integrations with GitHub and then moving them on to Amazon EC2.

Puppet apparently intends to get Geppetto and Stack Hammer working together better but the exact plans for Stack Hammer aren’t being disclosed just yet. It should have more to say next month at PuppetConf.

Puppet figures Cloudsmith will make it easier to automate the management of IT resources through intuitive GUIs and SaaS applications.

It’s aware that automation is one of the top initiatives for enterprise IT these days because of the productivity gains involved and its mission is to accelerate that adoption.

Puppet describes the Cloudsmith folks, all of whom are coming on board, as “influential and heavily involved in both the Puppet and Eclipse communities” and it’s hoping to leverage that expertise to attract a larger user segment. The Geppetto community is said to be 10,000 strong but could be bigger.

Puppet’s widgetry is used by Citrix, eBay, NYSE, Match.com, Shopzilla, Bank of America and PayPal.

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