Puppet Labs is a company I’ve written about often. There are a couple of reasons for this.
First, its CEO, Luke Kanies, is an easy guy to talk with and can always be relied upon for an interesting perspective and readily consumable soundbite. Secondly, what the company is doing in IT automation is increasingly the key to unlocking enterprise agility.
In the old world, typified by traditional enterprises, IT departments would create an application and rack and stack physical hardware on which to run those applications. Their servers were fixed assets that were there to do one thing: run a particular application for the foreseeable future. As such, they were carefully maintained and managed to ensure application reliability.