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Puppet CEO Sanjay Mirchandani (Puppet photo.)
Puppet CEO Sanjay Mirchandani (Puppet photo.)

Portland-based software-automation firm Puppet today announced tighter integrations with virtualization firm VMware and container powerhouse Docker. The announcements came in conjunction with PuppetConf, the company’s annual user conference in San Diego, Calif.

Puppet Enterprise next month will gain a VMware vRealize Automation plugin that enables self-service provisioning of compliant infrastructure in on-premises and cloud environments, Puppet said in a blog post. It allows creating templates for virtual machines using a graphical user interface and then configures and continually manages those VMs so that IT staff can deliver fully configured infrastructure to developers.

Puppet Docker Image Build, another new product, automates the building of containers to help organizations use that form of software-plus-operating system in production environments. It provides a standardized, consistent way to use Docker, using the same code used to automate the delivery and operation of all their other software, Puppet said. The product is an extension of Project Blueshift, a Puppet undertaking aimed at helping organizations speed the adoption of emerging technologies.

Version 2016.4 of Puppet Enterprise, available immediately, includes new integration with open-source automation server Jenkins and provides more visibility of intentional and unintentional changes to an organization’s IT structure, the company said.

Sanjay Mirchandani, who became Puppet’s CEO last month, keynoted the proceedings this morning in San Diego. Mirchandani replaced founder Luke Kanies, who stepped down late last month but remains a board member.

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