SaltStack management for DevOps

DevOps organizations specialize in continual, rapid change, and the best teams apply method to the madness with an appropriate amount of automation. But you can’t automate what you don’t understand, and the complexity and scale of infrastructure and the code that runs on it is becoming more and more difficult for any DevOps pro to control. Speed to market is paramount, never more so than now with software eating the world and business as code becoming a reality for even traditional brick and mortar shops.

Most DevOps organizations view infrastructure as a means to an end, the end being the quick and successful dev, test and deploy of applications and code to general-purpose hardware. With the infrastructure an afterthought to the service or application, a single public cloud is often used and doesn’t require much attention from development or operations functions.

On the other hand, Web-scale organizations, and enterprise IT with DevOps leanings, also want to push code quickly. But infrastructure at scale is extremely complex and requires significant oversight. At scale, a pure DevOps approach isn’t easy to achieve and it helps to have automation built for the speed, scale and orchestration of the DevOps toolchain.

SaltStack Enterprise software helps DevOps organizations by orchestrating the efficient movement of code into production and by keeping complex infrastructures fine-tuned for optimal business service and application delivery. DevOps isn’t a tool, but it does require a tool-centric approach to realize value in continuous delivery. SaltStack orchestrates the DevOps value chain and helps to deploy and configure dynamic applications, and the general-purpose infrastructure they run on, faster and easier than ever.

SaltStack orchestration platform

Each DevOps initiative will have a different orientation regarding where to start from an automation perspective. Adding in technology to orchestrate and automate workflows and human touch points, as well as system-to-system interactions, is how DevOps scales… Look for a pain point; specifically, look for the greatest constraint that is limiting throughput.

Ronni Colville, Gartner

Automation should improve outcomes by removing human error (e.g., removing human handoffs), making activities more consistently repeatable. There are many options for automation that can be selected; be clear on the goal (and problem) to narrow the scope regarding which automation to start with.

Ronni Colville, Gartner

Not all tools are DevOps-friendly. Vendors are applying DevOps jargon freely, so be selective.

Ronni Colville, Gartner

...most enterprises have realized that the power of cloud computing is in the speed and agility gained in developing and operating cloud-based applications.

Dennis Smith, Gartner

The next generation of private and hybrid cloud computing solutions will better-support agile methodologies and DevOps initiatives, driving the necessary improvements in time to market that Web, mobile and digital business applications demand.

Donna Scott, Gartner

GitHub includes Salt on the Octoverse list in both 2013 and 2012 one of the largest open source projects in the world.


SaltStack wins an InfoWorld Bossie award in both 2014 and 2013 for cloud and data center software.


SaltStack receives a “Very Good” score from the InfoWorld Test Center for keeping server automation and configuration management simple...wins InfoWorld 2014 Technology of the Year Award.


SaltStack Enterprise wins a TechTarget SearchDataCenter 2015 Modern Infrastructure Impact Award in the category of “Best DevOps and Cloud Management Tool”


SaltStack named a Linux Journal Reader’s Choice product in five categories including “Linux Product of the Year,” “Best New Commercial Application” and “Best Open Source Configuration Management Tool.”

Linux Journal

SaltStack named a Gartner “Cool Vendor” for DevOps.


VentureBeat ranks SaltStack one of the top 20 fastest-growing developer tools.

Venture Beat

TechCrunch names SaltStack and Docker the two most exciting projects at OSCON 2013.

TechCrunch readers select SaltStack as one of the best Linux tools for enterprise developers and systems administrators.

SaltStack is named a Black Duck Software Open Source Rookie for 2011.

Black Duck

DevOps use cases


  • Full-stack application orchestration with support for any OS, VM, application, code or container;
  • Extremely flexible configuration management with declarative or imperative constructs;
  • Continuous code integration & deployment;
  • DevOps toolchain workflow automation with support for Puppet, Chef, Docker, Jenkins, Git, etc.;
  • Application monitoring & auto healing;
  • Support for any application container networking and orchestration;
  • Natively integrated automation for CloudOps and ITOps.

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