January 18, 2019 - Marc Chenn

A little over six years ago, before we had any dedicated marketing function at SaltStack, Thomas Hatch, my co-founder, sat in front of a web cam, hit record, and started talking about the origins of Salt and IT automation. This became the first episode of Salt Air.

Back then Salt was a small but rapidly growing open source project. LinkedIn, Hulu, Wikimedia, and hundreds of other early adopters of the Salt open source project were hungry for more and any information about Salt. They were already using Salt to automate systems administration and for configuration management, but the Salt automation engine is modular and could be used for so much more.

Any Salt insights or new developments Tom and the engineers would provide to the community were always immediately consumed. After all, Salt was created as a response and an alternative to both legacy systems management tools and contemporary configuration management tools. Tom believed, and the IT market confirmed, that a need existed for a more modular, flexible, scalable, and intelligent systems management alternative.

With the help of the Salt community we’ve alway moved so fast. Of course, this is one of the many advantages of our open source DNA. In Salt Air 1 Tom was already talking about Salt Cloud for control of any cloud or virtualized platform, and about the Salt REST API.

Salt Air 2 dives right into SaltStack support for OpenStack deployment and configuration. And one of the most popular videos on the SaltStack YouTube channel is the Salt Air episodes focused on using SaltStack to manage Docker containers at scale. Another is the release of Salt SSH as the most scalable and powerful agentless systems management option available to the market.

We got away from publishing Salt Air episodes for a time. But with the start of this new year, SALT AIR IS BACK!

  • Salt Air 25 features Tom and a whiteboard. Tom explains the architecture of Salt and why SaltStack intelligent IT automation was built to be different than legacy systems management tools or contemporary configuration management tools.
  • In Salt Air 26 Tom interviews C. R. Oldham, the SaltStack engineer behind Salt Proxy Minion for automation of network security and configuration. SaltStack is used by network operations teams to manage everything from small IoT deployments to massive enterprise network infrastructures. C. R. runs a live demo on this Salt Air. Learn how the SaltStack event-driven approach to network automation using Salt Proxy Minion can help your team manage and secure your network fabric.

This week we’ll publish an episode on SaltStack event-driven automation in which Tom will explain the unique Salt architecture and engine that makes intelligent IT automation possible.

Going forward Salt Air will address a broad variety of topics from the inner workings of Salt, to SaltStack Enterprise solutions for ITOps, SecOps, DevOps, and NetOps, in addition to Tom’s perspective on tech and industry trends.

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And if you would like to join Tom and friends on an upcoming episode of Salt Air, please let us know.

Salt Air 26 – Use Salt Proxy Minion for Network Automation