The SaltStack team has been hard at work extending the powerful SaltStack® orchestration and automation platform to address all aspects of enterprise IT and data center automation. Some of the work was completed in conjunction with our strategic partners, and most of it was announced at SaltConf16. If you missed it, we’ve summarized below a few ways SaltStack and its partners are working to automate enterprise IT operations. Video for the corresponding presentations is coming soon.
IBM Automation Patterns and SaltStack
IBM Cloud SoftLayer shared how their team is utilizing SaltStack configuration automation to ensure consistency across enterprise-grade automation patterns. They shared with SaltConf16 attendees a series of coding how-to best practices highlighting the benefits of standards for maximum control. IBM also demonstrated how they are re-use existing automation patterns for much faster adoption of the software-defined data center (SDDC). As an example they showed how this automation can be used to migrate workloads between VMware and IBM Cloud.
SUSE Manager 3, Salted
SUSE announced the release of SUSE Manager 3, the new SUSE IT lifecycle and configuration management solution powered by Salt. SUSE Manager 3 gives customers a Web-based configuration management UI for for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Redhat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) systems. SUSE selected SaltStack configuration automation for its ability to automate at massive scale and its flexibility through modularity.
Joachim Werner, senior product manager for SUSE, said, “SUSE’s integration of Salt into SUSE Manager 3 will help deliver the next level of secure IT management, automation and process efficiency improvements needed for today’s enterprise Linux environments. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with SaltStack as we work together to deliver the control, productivity gains and cost reductions demanded by customers for their physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures.”
SaltStack Integrated with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Composable Infrastructure
Automating the configuration of physical infrastructure at enterprise scale can be a nightmare of complexity. Each device is often managed differently tool and has its own API, and a small change in one element may have ripple effects across an entire environment.
HPE Composable Infrastructure simplifies bare-metal infrastructure automation by using software to fully define the infrastructure and provides a Unified API, eliminating time-consuming coordination across data center elements. At SaltConf16 the HPE and SaltStack teams introduced a new HPE OneView solution which leverages SaltStack and the HPE Unified API. The integrated solution helps systems administrators and IT operators spend less time and save more money through automated data center management at enterprise scale.
VMware vRealize Orchestrator and SaltStack Configuration Management
VMware vRealize Orchestrator and SaltStack configuration management are now integrated to provide a self-service request catalog and ongoing governance for powerful management of both infrastructure and application environments. The VMWare team demonstrated this new integration with Salt and highlighted its benefits at SaltConf16. The VMWare team also brought Nitin Madhok, a Clemson University systems developer and programmer, and SaltStack Certified Engineer, on stage to discuss how he leverages VMware and SaltStack technologies to help efficiently manage the university’s infrastructure.
These announcements are reflective of the broad innovation occurring in the SaltStack ecosystem that’s transforming how enterprise IT teams configure and manage modern data center infrastructure, applications and code.