IT enterprises are often incredibly diverse and stretch across numerous different data centers. Due to this, the management of said enterprises can be quite complex. Deploying servers can often take days and result in massive time wastage unless the right automated software and tools are used. There are many challenges of an IT enterprise such as agility and visibility, but all can be addressed with the use of the correct software. This is where Puppet fits into a complex, enterprise IT environment.
What Is Puppet?
Puppet can save IT administrators time and money in the business model. It’s a next-gen form of IT software that is able to automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks making the entire model easier to run. However, it doesn’t just fix the simple and mundane. Puppet can also deploy critical software to ensure that the enterprise continues to work effectively across a multitude of networks without any network administrator input needed.
There are multiple areas that automated software should provide a benefit within the complex IT environment. It should, for instance be able to work with multiple OS and provide support for virtualisation. Puppet certainly deals with issues and challenges like this.
Create and Establish New Servers
Without an automated software, you would need to create and provision new servers manually using a tool of your choice. You could use scripts, but flexibility is usually an issue here. Neither problems are present with Puppet. Instead, this job is handled for you. The agent is able to run and establish a server without any input from you. Within minutes, you have a full model ready to use and operate as you see fit.
We have already mentioned the heterogeneous environment of modern IT companies. They are often spread across different resources from public and private cloud servers to multiple operating systems and application stacks. As well as this, clients and customers continually demand faster output and production for IT products. Due to this, Puppet and similar tools certainly have a role in the industry today, handling virtualization challenges. Without losing productivity, Puppet is able to benefit VMware deployments. As well as this, the designed configurations can be reused across all areas of the IT environment, without any necessary changes.
Puppet Vs SCCM
IT administrators will be familiar with the System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) that is a window operating tool, directly connected to the OS. Puppet expands on this with infrastructure as code configuration management. Built for use with a variety of different types of frameworks, Puppet is a brilliant alternative to the typical SCCM.
Monitoring Your Enterprise
Finally, you can use Puppet to effectively monitor your IT enterprise. With a massive inventory of data, it is possible for system administrators to report on expected or unexpected behavior and react accordingly. By doing this, Puppet is able to help the sysadmin operate on multiple levels by managing policies and automating changes at the same time. With a solution like this, Puppet is able to analyze, adapt and improve the infrastructure of any IT environment where it is in use.
The IT environments of an organization can be quite complex, diverse and spread out across various locations. Added to these complexities are challenges such as visibility, agility, IT compliance and configuration drift. Puppet is one next-generation IT automation software that allows system administrators streamline the management of IT resources as well as scale workloads efficiently across diverse environments. 7EDGE’s IT infrastructure automation services uses Puppet to helps enterprises automate and scale their infrastructure as per their changing business needs.
Originally published , updated March 15 2018