Google and Puppet strike partnership deal designed to ease migration to the cloud

Diane Greene, senior vice president for Google Cloud, speaks at Google Cloud Next 2017. (Google Photo)

Puppet and Google announced a new partnership Tuesday designed to help Puppet customers running its DevOps software on-premises move their applications into Google Cloud.

The two companies have worked to certify key services within Google Cloud — such as Google Compute Engine, Cloud SQL, and Google Container Engine — as “Puppet Approved,” which gives current Puppet customers contemplating a move to the cloud more confidence that their apps will work after a cloud migration, the companies said in a press release. Starting this week at PuppetConf, Google will start to release other “Puppet Approved” components such as its new database, Cloud Spanner, over the rest of the year.

A great deal of cloud computing product strategies these days are focused on assuring companies that have invested a lot of money into older software development technologies that they don’t need to rip up everything and start over to move to the cloud. It’s relatively easy to convince companies building new applications and startups to go all-in on cloud computing, but companies with stable mission-critical applications based on older technologies tend to be skeptical about fixing things that aren’t broken.

For Google, this partnership could unlock some new cloud business from among Puppet’s customers, which includes two-thirds of the Fortune 100, according to Puppet. And Puppet, based in Portland, could stand to gain quite a bit from cozying up to a deep-pocketed cloud provider that actually uses a lot of Puppet’s tools internally.