We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.
Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
Puppet was a good product; we used it when we had 200 VMs. When we tried to add Windows servers to it, that's when we realized the price nearly doubled for us because we also have around 200 Windows servers. Puppet doesn't offer discounts for the education or non-profit sectors as pretty much every other product in the IT industry does. We get pro services from Microsoft at a very discounted price; and great offers, too — easily 60% off retail prices. Our managers tried to negotiate with Puppet asking if it was possible to add two hundred servers without doubling the price. Sadly we couldn't come to an agreement. That was unfortunate because Puppet Enterprise has some of the features that we are now missing. Now, some of the code that was provided by Puppet is no longer usable on the Puppet community edition. I think that's the only downside of moving to the community version.
The pricing is a bit on the higher side. It can be done more at a more reasonable rate. However, that depends on the size of the environment we are dealing with and the best deal we can get after negotiation. The pricing is something they can work on to reduce a bit.
I think that they can only imagine $120 for node. I think it's not expensive for me, from my perspective because of what you gain and all the balances I think it will cost more than that. If you are going bigger, the licensing stuff can be doable, but I think that you can manage in the license in all the high volumes. From my perspective, I think it's not expensive. I think it's fair.
What do you like most about Puppet Enterprise?
Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!