Perforce takes over DevOps power Puppet

Once upon a time, and it wasn’t that long ago, we ran our servers with shell and command line tools. As we moved to more complex servers and the cloud, we needed more. That more was DevOps, which bridged the gap between projects and operations by leveraging Agile programming techniques. Born in 2005, Puppet was the first DevOps program. Now it is bought by Perforce Software.

Perforce, a development and DevOps firm backed by Francisco Partners and Clearlake Capital Group, announced on April 11 that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire privately-owned Puppet. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022. The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

Puppet, like most DevOps programs, automates manual scripting. The program, available in both open-source and open-core commercial versions, has its own language, the Puppet of the same name. This language is written in Ruby. You can also use Ruby with Puppet.

Don’t confuse Puppet as just another advanced shell language, such as Windows PowerShell or Unix and Linux’s Bash. No, Puppet uses a declarative, model-based approach to IT automation.

Puppet, a pioneer of infrastructure as code, has been very popular. More than 40,000 organizations have benefited from Puppet’s open-source and commercial programs. Yvonne Wassenaar, CEO of Puppet, claims that Puppet earned “$100 million in annual recurring revenue.” In addition, Puppet’s annual State of DevOps report is considered one of the best DevOps adoption reports.

Because of these factors, Wassenaar acknowledged, “There was a time when many of us, myself included, thought that Puppet would be one of the big IPOs to come out of the Pacific Northwest.” Instead, Wassenaar claims, this “acquisition benefits Puppet customers, partners and the open source community by enhancing Puppet’s existing solutions, accelerating development of future products, and providing access to Perforce’s broader portfolio of products.” offers.”

“This acquisition expands our product offering by adding new capabilities for enterprise DevOps teams to manage and secure their critical infrastructure,” said Mark Ties, CEO of Perforce. “We look forward to welcoming the Puppet team and continuing to provide the level of customer support, services and community that Puppet has brought to the market.”

Wassenaar added: “Perforce’s mission is to help technology teams solve the most difficult problems in DevOps, so that nothing stands in the way of innovation… The missing link? Puppet’s sweet spot: infrastructure as code.”

But it is more than just a good technological match. Wassenaar continued, “Puppet and Perforce both have a deep focus on excellent customer service, open and transformational leadership, and a people-centric culture that enables team members to perform their best as part of a community that cares about them.”

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