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VMware to further integrate management tools with Puppet

VMware has made a $30 million investment in IT automation software maker Puppet Labs, the better to develop new integration between Puppet and its virtualization and cloud management software.

Puppet can already manage VMware’s vSphere virtual machines, as well as its Application Director. The goal of the new investment is to create direct provisioning hooks between Puppet and VMware’s management products this year,  which include vCloud Automation Center, vCenter Operations, and vCenter Configuration Manager, according to Puppet Labs CEO Luke Kanies.

“They’re good at managing the VM as a unit, and we’re good at looking at the VM and making sure it’s going to do what it’s supposed to do,” Kanies said.

Puppet, available in open source and Enterprise editions, allows systems administrators to determine how they want their infrastructure to look and then carries out the necessary steps automatically, allowing for fast, repeatable systems provisioning, configuration and management.

This is VMware’s second investment in Puppet Labs in the last 18 months; in November 2011 it joined Google and Cisco in an $8.5 million round of financing for the company.

Puppet does work with other kinds of hypervisors and cloud management systems, including Citrix’s CloudStack, OpenStack, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, and Amazon Machine Images. Recently, the company talked with Microsoft as well, Kanies said, but 90% of Puppet’s customers are VMware users.

That said, Kanies dismissed the idea of Puppet becoming a VMware company.

“The fact that we integrated with OpenStack doesn’t mean we’re becoming a cloud company,” he said.

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