Puppet Intros Public Beta of Relay
July 1, 2020
introduced the public beta availability of Relay, an event-driven
automation platform. Relay automates processes across any cloud
infrastructure, tools and APIs that developers, DevOps engineers, and
SREs are managing manually today.
The shift to the cloud has introduced immense complexity. DevOps
engineers now oversee dozens of new tools and technologies, from
containers and VMs to serverless applications and APIs, in addition to
existing infrastructure. With the increasing number of tickets,
monitoring alerts, and incident reports, engineers have reached a
tipping point in productivity. Tool sprawl has created a “DevOps dumping
ground” where engineers are either manually performing actions across
disparate services or cobbling together homegrown solutions to help
manage the influx of work. Relay relieves engineers of manual processes
by listening to signals from disparate tools to automate workflows,
freeing up time to focus on more valuable initiatives.
“Without a way to manage and automate the flood of events and hundreds
of APIs developers use - time, money and mental capital are being thrown
away,” said Deepak Giridharagopal, CTO at Puppet. “Many engineers try to
create their own one-off automation tools or integration hubs, but this
is inefficient and risky. Relay replaces this home-grown digital duct
tape with reusable, proven, automated workflows. It’s like IFTTT, but
Relay connects dozens of cloud platforms, tools, and APIs DevOps
engineers already use, including PagerDuty, GitHub, Datadog, Jira,
Terraform, Slack, and more. By listening to triggers from these
services, Relay can address a wide variety of cloud automation use
Security: Enforce security controls across your infrastructure, such
as ensuring cloud storage buckets are secured, volumes are encrypted, or
that unused SSH keys are removed from the account.
Cost Optimization: Proactively delete underutilized cloud resources
across AWS, Azure, and GCP such as unattached volumes, unused load
balancers, and untagged instances that contribute to expensive monthly
Incident Response: When new incidents arise, Relay extends PagerDuty or
VictorOps by automatically remediating known issues or running
diagnostic actions with Bolt.
Continuous Delivery: Connect Relay to Docker Hub or GitHub to
automatically provision cloud infrastructure with Terraform or Pulumi
and deploy the latest versions of your microservices to Kubernetes,
Google Cloud Run, AWS Lambda and other platforms.
Operations: Delete old snapshots, alert on quota usage, report on
resource utilization, and more.
“Today’s tools are focused on analyzing and responding to historical
data. In contrast, Relay enables real-time reactions to events as they
occur,” said Alex Bilmes, VP of Growth at Puppet. “Relay intelligently
responds to external signals by combining event-based triggers with a
powerful workflow engine in a single platform.”
worked in large scale data center environments and managing the
complexities of modern-day hybrid cloud deployments, I have seen first
hand how important it is to optimize for cost and efficiency with the
rapid pace of technology adoption today,” said Stan Chan, Senior
Software Engineer at Uber. “Relay delivers solutions for Enterprises to
solve these problems and more. It delivers the promise of an automated
future by enabling organizations to build smarter in order to solve
real-world business processes in a modern, elegant, and effective way."
With the addition of Relay, Puppet provides market-leading offerings for
task-driven, model-driven, and now event-driven automation across any
infrastructure (on-premises or cloud). With Puppet, you increase
productivity, eliminate mistakes and accelerate delivery by integrating
with some of the most important enterprise infrastructure vendors like
Hashicorp, ServiceNow, Atlassian, Splunk and many more.
“With the rise of DevOps, the portfolio of tools aimed at addressing
developer and operator needs has exploded over the last decade,” said
Stephen O’Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. “This has led, in turn,
to rampant fragmentation and highly complex, disjointed workflows.
Organizations that prize velocity, therefore, are beginning to rethink
their developer experience and looking for ways to automate and
integrate the different touchpoints. This is the opportunity that Relay
is built for.”