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What is Puppet Labs?

Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.
Puppet Labs is a tool in the Server Configuration and Automation category of a tech stack.
Puppet Labs is an open source tool with 5.6K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Puppet Labs's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Puppet Labs?

Companies
211 companies reportedly use Puppet Labs in their tech stacks, including Uber, Twitch, and PayPal.

Developers
355 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Puppet Labs.

Puppet Labs Integrations

Datadog, Server Density, ScriptRock, ElasticBox, and Bigpanda are some of the popular tools that integrate with Puppet Labs. Here's a list of all 14 tools that integrate with Puppet Labs.

Why developers like Puppet Labs?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Puppet Labs in their tech stack.

Marcel Kornegoor
Marcel Kornegoor
CTO at AT Computing · | 5 upvotes · 141.4K views
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Linux
Linux
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
CentOS
CentOS
Debian
Debian
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Fedora
Fedora
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Jenkins
Jenkins
VirtualBox
VirtualBox
GitHub
GitHub
Docker
Docker
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Google Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine
Ansible
Ansible
Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs
Chef
Chef
Python
Python
#ATComputing

Since #ATComputing is a vendor independent Linux and open source specialist, we do not have a favorite Linux distribution. We mainly use Ubuntu , Centos Debian , Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora during our daily work. These are also the distributions we see most often used in our customers environments.

For our #ci/cd training, we use an open source pipeline that is build around Visual Studio Code , Jenkins , VirtualBox , GitHub , Docker Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine.

For #ServerConfigurationAndAutomation, we have embraced and contributed to Ansible mainly because it is not only flexible and powerful, but also straightforward and easier to learn than some other (open source) solutions. On the other hand: we are not affraid of Puppet Labs and Chef either.

Currently, our most popular #programming #Language course is Python . The reason Python is so popular has to do with it's versatility, but also with its low complexity. This helps sysadmins to write scripts or simple programs to make their job less repetitive and automating things more fun. Python is also widely used to communicate with (REST) API's and for data analysis.

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Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs
Hadoop
Hadoop
Qubole
Qubole

By mid-2014, around the time of the Series F, Pinterest users had already created more than 30 billion Pins, and the company was logging around 20 terabytes of new data daily, with around 10 petabytes of data in S3. To drive personalization for its users, and to empower engineers to build big data applications quickly, the data team built a self-serve Hadoop platform.

To start, they decoupled compute from storage, which meant teams would have to worry less about loading or synchronizing data, allowing existing or future clusters to make use of the data across a single shared file system.

A centralized Hive metastore act as the source of truth. They chose Hive for most of their Hadoop jobs “primarily because the SQL interface is simple and familiar to people across the industry.”

Dependency management takes place across three layers: *** Baked AMIs, which are large slow-loading dependencies pre-loaded on images; **Automated Configurations (Masterless Puppets), which allows Puppet clients to “pull their configuration from S3 and set up a service that’s responsible for keeping S3 configurations in sync with the Puppet master;” and Runtime Staging on S3, which creates a working directory at runtime for each developer that pulls down its dependencies directly from S3.

Finally, they migrated their Hadoop jobs to Qubole, which “supported AWS/S3 and was relatively easy to get started on.”

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Conor Myhrvold
Conor Myhrvold
Tech Brand Mgr, Office of CTO at Uber · | 4 upvotes · 46.8K views
atUber TechnologiesUber Technologies
Mattermost
Mattermost
Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs

Why we piggybacked on the open source Mattermost for Uber's chat needs, which we open sourced as uChat ( GitHub : https://github.com/uber-uchat/ -- contributing some of our changes back to Mattermost as well in the process.)

With operations in over 620 cities, it was paramount for us to identify a chat solution that would enable Uber employees to reliably communicate on desktop and mobile regardless of where they were in the world. To accomplish this, we established a few core requirements. To start, we needed something that could scale to support our growing employee population and, as a byproduct, control costs. We also needed a platform that could easily integrate with a variety of internal engineering, business, and operational tools.

While we evaluated Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and many other popular chat clients, it became clear that there was no turnkey third-party solution able to meet Uber’s core requirements.

So after testing multiple off-the-shelf alternatives, we built uChat, our custom in-house messaging platform, by leveraging open source platform Mattermost and Puppet Labs , the Uber standard for deployment configuration management. In this article, we discuss how in just three months our team transitioned the company to a new solution capable of reliably delivering over one million messages per day to tens of thousands of users, all in one unified chat environment:

https://eng.uber.com/uchat/

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StackShare Editors
StackShare Editors
Salt
Salt
Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs
Ansible
Ansible

By 2014, the DevOps team at Lyft decided to port their infrastructure code from Puppet to Salt. At that point, the Puppet code based included around "10,000 lines of spaghetti-code,” which was unfamiliar and challenging to the relatively new members of the DevOps team.

“The DevOps team felt that the Puppet infrastructure was too difficult to pick up quickly and would be impossible to introduce to [their] developers as the tool they’d use to manage their own services.”

To determine a path forward, the team assessed both Ansible and Salt, exploring four key areas: simplicity/ease of use, maturity, performance, and community.

They found that “Salt’s execution and state module support is more mature than Ansible’s, overall,” and that “Salt was faster than Ansible for state/playbook runs.” And while both have high levels of community support, Salt exceeded expectations in terms of friendless and responsiveness to opened issues.

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Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs

I'm using puppet to configure my servers. This makes it really simple to ensure that I have the same environment. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the repeatability definitely makes it worth the effort. I found puppet to be a little easier to pick up relative to chef, but I've used both. They're both great solutions.

I really like that there are a lot of modules available on the puppet forge that are being actively maintained. Puppet Labs

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Alfredo Alvarez
Alfredo Alvarez
Engineer at Wayfair · | 1 upvotes · 4.1K views
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Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs

Configures or servers and allows us to be region independent we have 5 regions across the globe. Puppet Labs

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Puppet Labs's Features

  • Insight- Puppet Enterprise's event inspector gives immediate and actionable insight into your environment, showing you what changed, where and how by classes, nodes and resources.
  • Discovery- Puppet Enterprise delivers a dynamic and fully-pluggable discovery service that allows you to take advantage of any data source or real-time query results to quickly locate, identify and group cloud nodes.
  • Provisioning- Automatically provision and configure bare metal, virtual, and private or public cloud capacity, all from a single pane. Save time getting your cloud projects off the ground by reusing the same configuration modules you set up for your physical deployments.
  • Configuration Management- Puppet Enterprise's declarative, model-based approach automates repetitive tasks and eliminates configuration drift. You define the desired state of your infrastructure, and Puppet Enterprise enforces this state, freeing you to work on tougher projects.
  • Orchestration- Quickly deploy critical updates, like security patches, across hundreds of servers in seconds, or proactively initiate Puppet runs to update configurations and report changes. Puppet Enterprise allows you to orchestrate controlled, multi-step operations to targeted collections of nodes, giving you complete control over infrastructure changes.
  • Reporting- Get visibility into your infrastructure, browse resources, and view reports that help you manage your configuration. Puppet Enterprise provides node hardware and software inventory, Puppet run change reports, and node configuration graphs via the product's console or 3rd party APIs.

Puppet Labs Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Puppet Labs?
Ansible
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
Chef
Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
Capistrano
Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows.
Fabric
Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks. It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.
Salt
Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management. Easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with them in seconds. Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.
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