The annual VMworld conference always includes large product announcements, and in line with this history, VMware today has announced their intent to acquire SaltStack.
Salt is a python-based open-source platform for event-driven IT automation, remote task execution, and configuration management platform that utilizes infrastructure as code. Salt originated from the need for high-speed data collection and task execution for systems administrators managing massive infrastructure scale and resulting complexity. SaltStack is the company that now maintains the Salt Open project and develops and sells SaltStack Enterprise software, services, and support.
Per the VMware Cloud Management blog post from Ajay Singh:
SaltStack will help us to complete our automation story, enabling us to extend our automation capabilities beyond infrastructure to the entire application stack. This will include the software and packages inside virtual machines and containers. These software configuration management capabilities will help us address the full spectrum of customers’ automation needs and further strengthen customers’ ability to automate the deployment and configuration of infrastructure platforms both on-premises and in the cloud with VMware vRealize Automation. Additionally, SaltStack offers robust configuration compliance and vulnerability management capabilities, which will enable VMware vRealize to help customers address their SecOps practices, after close.
I look forward to seeing how this acquisition enhances vRealize Automation’s ability to automate the deployment and lifecycle management of both software and infrastructure deployments within the enterprise.
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