Puppet Labs, Inc was created by CEO Luke Kanies in response to the frustration he felt as a systems administrator. The tools available at the time for managing and automating IT were insufficient for his needs, so Kanies crafted his own tool for the job. That tool became an open source project for other systems administrators. The idea behind IT automation is that systems administrators could spend less time solving the same problems that come up periodically and more time focusing on the software that users need. To spread the word, Puppet Labs spends much of its energy on creating awareness through Puppet Camps as well as at a yearly gathering called PuppetConf.
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