Summary:

Puppet is a configuration management tool written in Ruby that has been around for quite a long time.


Features:

  • SaaS-based Portal with local Agent Deployment
  • OnPremise/Cloud Agnostic
  • Application Performance Monitoring
  • Server Infrastructure Monitoring
  • Reasonably priced and simple to set up Log Management
  • Synthetic API and Browser Testing
  • Real-time User Monitoring

Deployment:

  • Set up PuppetMaster server
  • Install Puppet Agents on hosts
  • Minimally, agents can trust puppetmaster by hostname

Usability:

  • Puppet can be extremely useful and PuppetForge provides a vast amount of services and configurations you can manage.
  • It can even give ‘shortcuts’ by using ensure to infer the creation of a file if the directory doesn't exist, for example, making it rather powerful as far as CM tools go

Maintainability:

  • Easy updates via system packages

List Pricing:

  • On-Premise is open-source
  • Enterprise Standard support - $112/node/year
  • Enterprise Premium Support - $199/node/year

I've honestly never taken the Enterprise route. For most implementations, the free open-source product will probably suit your needs.


Coverage:

  • Just about every flavor of Linux Operating Systems
  • Windows and MacOS supported

Considerations:

  • Puppet has its own domain-specific language; so if you aren't going to be working with it as a primary focus, there may be better qualified alternatives that won't require you or others on your team to pick up strange and unusual syntax in an emergency
  • It's very easy for a company to end up with just a puppet specialist and can be difficult for others to pick up so it is not an easy thing to scale at the human-level
  • PuppetForge provides many complete, extensible manifests for use and while I encourage the use of forge manifests over writing your own, beware that some are simply old and outdated

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