Cisco, Google Ventures, VMware Put $8.5M In Data Center Automation Startup Puppet Labs

Puppet Labs, a data center automation company, has raised $8.5 million in Series C financing from new investors Cisco, Google Ventures, and VMware. Existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, True Ventures, and Radar Partners also participated in the round. This brings Puppet Labs’ total funding to $16 million.

Puppet Labs provides systems management and datacenter automation software for the enterprise and the cloud. Puppet Labs’ flagship product, Puppet is an open source data center automation and configuration management framework that provides system administrators with an easy to use platform for transparent and flexible systems management.

Earlier this year, Puppet Labs expanded beyond its open source roots and launched Puppet Enterprise, the first commercial version of Puppet. Basically, Puppet makes the provisioning, configuring, and managing of virtualized and cloud infrastructure easier for system administrators.  

The company currently has 250 customers including Zynga, Twitter, NYSE, Disney, Citrix, Oracle/Sun, Constant Contact,, Shopzilla, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Stanford University.  The startup also offers integrations with VMware, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, RightScale, and Zenoss.

Puppet Labs recently acquired the Mcollective, a framework to build server orchestration or parallel job execution systems.