Puppet Brings Containers to the Mainframe

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Puppet, a tool for automated software delivery and operation, has announced the updates latest in Puppet Enterprise 2016.2 and Project Blueshift, along with a new set of Puppet modules. With this latest release, Puppet builds on its support for data center automation. 

In this release, Puppet adds to the broad range of technology that can be managed with Puppet through new integrations and modules for IBM z Systems and LinuxONE.

Organizations are looking to adopt cloud management best practices while ensuring their systems meet security and compliance policies. In collaboration with IBM, Puppet is introducing a new agent to manage Linux VMs on IBM z Systems and LinuxONE. This gives joint customers a common language to manage their platforms and applications, whether they’re running on x86 servers or scale up systems such as z Systems or LinuxONE. Additionally, it provides built-in intelligence for orchestrating changes across distributed applications. A fully supported agent with packages for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and 12 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 will be available later this summer.

“Project Blueshift is focused on ensuring that organizations can rely on Puppet as a bridge between today’s reality and tomorrow’s,” said Deepak Giridharagopal, CTO and chief architect of Puppet. “So, whether teams are delivering applications running across containers in AWS, or updating middleware on the mainframe, they can provide and operate it in a standard way, with one common language. With Puppet, organizations can more easily adopt new technologies and deliver software faster, even in brownfield environments.”

Puppet recently announced Project Blueshift to give organizations the tools needed to manage next generation infrastructure, simply and reliably. Through Project Blueshift, Puppet has focused on providing modules, examples, and guidance to help customers deliver and operate modern software like CoreOS, Docker (Compose, Swarm, Network, UCP), Kubernetes, Mesos, and more.

A set of Docker images for Puppet Server, PuppetDB, and Puppet agent are now available on Docker Hub. Now, Puppet itself can be deployed and run on top of Docker, making it more portable and easier to maintain, test, and scale. In addition to the images on the Docker Hub, Puppet is providing examples and documentation to help people adopt this technology and use it to advance their practices.

Puppet also seeks to help to simplify the management of IBM WebSphere with a new module that provides a repeatable and consistent process for deploying IBM WebSphere instances including deployment managers, application servers, and IBM HTTP Servers (IHS) for IBM WebSphere Application Server traditional. The IBM WebSphere module is now available with full support expected by the end of the year.

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