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Puppet at Google

By John | June 15, 2008

I have been screaming to the IBM/Tivoli enterprise crowd about this tool for over a year now…

If it’s good enough for Google it’s probably good enough for you…

Puppet at Google – RedMonk Radio Episode 48

Topics: google, puppet | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Puppet at Google”

  1. William Vambenepe Says:
    June 16th, 2008 at 2:35 am

    “If it’s good enough for Google it’s probably good enough for you…”

    Just to clarify (for those who will read your post but not go on to listen to the recording), Google uses it to do config mgmt of the Mac desktops in the company. Not to manages their bazillion servers, which may the first assumption that comes to mind when people hear about Google.

  2. Nigel Kersten Says:
    June 21st, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Thanks for the clarification William, people do often make that assumption, which is why I’ve been trying to make that clear in the first minute every time I talk about Puppet at Google. :)

    We’re using it to manage Mac and Linux desktops and laptops on the corporate side of Google, not the production side that runs the public facing services.

  3. eli Says:
    February 25th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    So what is Google using to do config mgmt of their production environment? Also, what about puppet didn’t make it a suitable solution for managing Google’s production environment?

  4. anthony Says:
    September 14th, 2009 at 10:16 am

    It has a lot of issues that makes it not suitable for production. It drops connections and it’s open-uri transfer that it frequently drops to is too slow for what they do. We use it to manage a school district with about 10,000 macs and it was a mistake. If you are Google, more power to you. You can take the time to re-write the program and make it usable, if not, don’t touch it with a 10 foot poll.

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