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Puppet Enterprise is the #9 ranked solution in our list of top Configuration Management tools. It is most often compared to Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager: Puppet Enterprise vs Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

What is Puppet Enterprise?

Puppet Data Center Automation helps sysadmins automate configuration and management of machines and the software running on them. With our software, businesses can make rapid, repeatable changes and automatically enforce the consistency of systems and devices, across physical and virtual machines, on prem or in the cloud.

Puppet Enterprise is also known as Puppet.

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Puppet Enterprise Customers

Los Alamos National Laboratory, GitHub, IP Commerce, Cedexis, Spiceworks, Server Density, Swisstopo, Chockstone, Constant Contact, NICS, Citrix

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Puppet Enterprise pricing:
  • "The main thing that we noticed when we switched from the enterprise version to the community version was the difference in cost — the infrastructure is pretty expensive."
  • "Depending on the size of the organization there is a point when the price of Puppet Enterprise should be lower. However, they provide really good functionality, features, and capabilities."

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BurhanShakil
Systems Engineer at Harvard University
Real User
Top 5
A set-it-and-forget-it management solution

What is our primary use case?

Until last year, we were using the enterprise version — Puppet 4 —; however, we recently switched to the open-source version — the community edition. We are using a product called Foreman as a front end for Puppet open source. We used Puppet solely for Linux. At first, we had around 200 plus Linux servers that were managed by Puppet. It was like infrastructure as a code. If we had to build a new server or update a server, then we just had to commission a new server, apply Puppet control, and it would configure everything for us. That was one of our main use cases. We also used it for… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Anything that we manage through Puppet always runs perfectly."
  • "It's a bit of a pain point to make sure that everything works once we've upgraded it because Puppet has been evolving pretty fast."

What other advice do I have?

Puppet is one of the best products available — even when it comes to the cloud. It's very popular. There are only two main cloud competitors when it comes to configuration management: Puppet and Chef. I think both are strong products. Puppet has been the king of the market. To anyone interested in using Puppet, I always recommend that you start with the community edition first. If you don't require enterprise features or management, then you can get it for free. If you need those features, then you can always upgrade. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Puppet a rating of nine. I…
DheerajMathur
Associate Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Versatile and stable with a simple configuration management profile

What is our primary use case?

Our use case is provisioning and then configuration management for on-prem servers primarily. We use it for applications as well. We were using Puppet for database configuration management. Basically, we mainly use it for configuration management for on-prem servers of infrastructure and then use it a bit on the application side as well.

Pros and Cons

  • "The versatility is great."
  • "There's a lot of scope for enhancement on the DevSecOps side. They should definitely include features for compliance, for both the Linux and Windows side of the devices, as well as for network devices. Compliance is something they need to work on."

What other advice do I have?

We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with Puppet. I would recommend it to others who have large-scale environments. It's a very good product for that type of organization. For example, if you have 5,000 or 3,000 plus servers, it's definitely a go-to. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I'd rate the solution at an eight.
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IT Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Overall robust,Out-of-the-box Scalability, Device Configuration State, Secure autonomous enrolment and helpful community support

What is our primary use case?

I use Puppet Enterprise in many projects that require a full control on the Device and make it compliant with the Security regulations of the Company. Puppet Enterprise provides an autonomous Delivery solution and agent-server Architecture that was really helpful on our case for Internet base Device Management.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the agent, high load balancing, and overall robustness and features."
  • "The solution has really complex code, you have to understand the Ruby language. However, once you know the code then you can move ahead without any problems."

What other advice do I have?

My advice to those wanting to use this solution is to make sure they have the skills for it, the learning curve is slower than with others, but could provide a great solution and coverage. I rate Puppet Enterprise an eight 9 of ten.
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