Amazon Web Services (AWS) will hold its annual user conference in Las Vegas next week. Since AWS is the undisputed (well, undisputed by most anyway) leader in the public cloud, the next week is obviously a big time for cloud-related product announcements. If you’re a public cloud player or have a hybrid cloud story to tell, the next week sees you rushing to get press releases out the door.

Puppet Labs is no exception. The company is all about modern IT automation, which means that it needs to allow system administrators to manage not only public cloud infrastructure, but also more traditional infrastructures as well. Puppet Labs software is used by a who’s who of corporate America, including Bank of America, NYSE, Salesforce.com, and WebEx. The company is based in Portland, Oregon, employs nearly 400 people, and is backed by some big names of technology investing: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, VMware, Cisco, True Ventures, Radar Partners, and Emerson Street Partners.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.