VMware vRealize Automation SaltStack Config
Recently I began familiarizing myself with VMware vRealize Automation SaltStack Config in my home lab. While I'm still relatively new to the product, I was curious to learn more about the compliance and vulnerability management capabilities provided by the SecOps add-on. In this post, I introduce VMware vRealize Automation SaltStack SecOps and briefly review the various features and functionality provided by the product. In subsequent blog posts, I will give a more in-depth look at vulnerability management and compliance management capabilities.
For several years, VMware has been adding new integration capabilities into new releases of VMware Tools. These capabilities often supported VMware products, including vRealize Operations, NSX, AppDefence, and Carbon Black. The latest product to be integrated into VMware Tools 12.0.0 is VMware vRealize SaltStack Config. VMware Tools 12.0.0 now includes the ability to automate the deployment of the Salt Minion software utilizing vSphere virtual machine guest variables. This new integration makes it easier than ever to deploy new Salt Minions to both new and existing virtual machines.
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.