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Today, Puppet announced the public beta of their Project Nebula at the Puppetize PDX, a two-day event (October 9-10) featuring user-focused DevOps and infrastructure delivery talks, and hands-on workshops. Project Nebula is a simplified workflow automation for the continuous deployment of cloud-native applications and infrastructure. It is designed for teams that are adopting cloud-native and serverless technologies and need an end-to-end workflow management system.

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Why Project Nebula?

Puppet has worked closely with its private beta participants to understand their deployment workflows and pain points. On interviewing these participants they realized that they want to adopt cloud native technologies; however, they face multiple challenges in adopting containers, serverless infrastructure, microservices, and observability for even simple cloud-native applications. They also said that a major roadblock is a lack of simple automation today to easily compose multiple tools together for infrastructure provisioning, application deployment, and notifications into an end-to-end deployment.

Another roadblock highlighted is the lack of a cohesive platform that multiple teams can use to share workflows and best practices and build them into their own deployments. “In-house efforts to build a deployment platform like this can take years, incur large maintenance and support costs, and often require specialized skill sets that many companies do not have today,” the company states.

Project Nebula tries to help users in eliminating these roadblocks and gives teams a consistent, easy-to-use experience for deploying cloud-native apps in a safe, secure and continuous manner.

Listen: Puppet’s VP of Ecosystem Engineering Nigel Kersten talks about key DevOps challenges [Podcast]

Few features in Project Nebula

With the focus on ease of use and improved productivity, Project Nebula also provides a single place to build, provision, and deploy cloud-native applications. Other notable features include:

  • Built-in example Workflows: This will help users to get started with their deployments. Don’t start with a blank slate.
  • Support for 20+: This is one of the most popular cloud-native deployment tools as configurable steps within your deployment, including Terraform, CloudFormation, Helm, Kubectl, Kustomize and more.
  • Intuitive visualization: This provides a bird’s eye view of the entire deployment workflow.
  • Easy to compose deployment workflows: One can easily compose deployment workflows that are checked into the source control repository and eliminate the process of writing messy, ad-hoc bash scripts.

Know more about Puppet’s Project Nebula in detail, on its official website.

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