DevOps Blockbuster: Perforce Software Acquires Puppet

Puppet and Perforce Software, two top DevOps and infrastructure automation software standouts, are joining forces with sights on the enterprise.


DevOps pioneer Puppet is being acquired by Perforce Software, an infrastructure automation software company known for its popular developer tools such as Helix.

After 15 years of innovating in the DevOps space with a focus on infrastructure-as-code and operations, Portland, Ore.-based Puppet will be acquired by Perforce in a move to take its developer-focused and DevOps lifecycle portfolio to a new level.

“This acquisition expands our product offering by adding new capabilities for enterprise DevOps teams to manage and secure their critical infrastructure,” said Perforce CEO Mark Ties in a statement. “With Puppet, we will be providing our customers with access to a product portfolio that enables them to drive innovation on a global scale.”

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Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Puppet has raised $189.5 million in funding, according to Crunchbase.

Both companies said enterprise customers in today’s market are looking for more breadth and depth across the entire DevOps lifecycle.

“Integrating Puppet into Perforce does just that,” said Puppet CEO Yvonne Wassenaar in a statement. “As part of Perforce, we believe we will be better positioned to service the breadth of DevOps needs our customers have while accelerating our own innovation to ensure customers can deliver, operate and automate their infrastructures at scale in the data center, across clouds, and out to the edge.”

Perforce’s 1,200 employee headcount will grow to 1,700 with the addition of Puppet. Within Perforce, Puppet will be run as a business unit delivering Puppet-branded infrastructure automation solutions alongside several other DevOps business units within the company.

Perforce is a Minneapolis-based DevOps provider backed by private equity firms Clearlake Capital and Francisco Partners with a global footprint spanning 80 counties.

Puppet And Perforce’s Large Market Reach

Perforce plans to leverage Puppet’s technology with its own DevOps portfolio, allowing Perforce to continue its focus on DevOps at scale and solve large enterprise automation challenges.

The ultimate goal is to combine assets, engineers and innovation to meet the rising demand for IT infrastructure automation.

Both Perforce and Puppet provide solutions to some of the biggest companies in the world, including 85 percent of the world’s largest banks and 80 percent of the world’s top technology organizations.

“Similar to Puppet, Perforce has an incredible customer base and is a trusted DevOps leader delivering digital creation and planning, developer productivity tools, and automated testing and quality,” said Puppet’s Wassenaar in a blog post today. “The missing link? Puppet’s sweet spot: infrastructure as code.”

Wassenaar said Puppet has, “created an industry, changed the lives of so many for the better, empowered people to dream bigger, and the best is yet to come as Puppet joins Perforce.”

Privately held Puppet has offices in London, Belfast, Singapore, and Sydney.

With over 25 years of developing and supporting developer productivity tools, Perforce Software has offices in Minnesota, California, Ohio, the UK, Australia, Germany, and Sweden.