SaltStack Wins InfoWorld Bossie Award 2013

October 8, 2013 - Rhett Glauser

SaltStack speed and simplicity cited in Bossie Award 2013 win in the category of data center and cloud software

Salt Lake City – Oct. 8, 2013 – SaltStack, the full automation stack for the Internet assembly line and any cloud, today announced it has been selected by InfoWorld as a Bossie Award 2013 winner in the category of “Best Open Source Data Center and Cloud Software.”

As the InfoWorld staff picked the top products in open source data center and cloud platforms, infrastructure, and management tools, Peter Wayner, InfoWorld Test Center contributing editor wrote that the Bossie Awards, “focus on an increasingly important layer, the one that keeps all of these machines in the cloud in line.

“Orchestration tools…serve the needs of the harried sys admins who must organize the various servers by making sure they’re running the right combination of software, patches, libraries, and extensions. These tools ensure the code will be the right versions, the services will be initialized, and everything will start and stop as it’s supposed to do. They automate the tasks that keep the entire cloud in harmony.”

Steven Nuñez, InfoWorld contributor, went on to say, “What’s important when managing massive numbers of servers? Speed and simplicity. SaltStack achieves both in solving the two biggest problems in server management: remote command execution and configuration management. Everything from FreeBSD jails to Amazon EC2 Amazon Machine Images can be managed from a single UI, eliminating the need for multiple management interfaces. The project is relatively new, so the code and architecture are clean, and SaltStack seems to have gathered a good (egoless) community around it.”**

SaltStack provides flexible, easy-to-use software for real-time infrastructure automation and application stack configuration management. SaltStack is known for its speed and its ability to scale unmodified to support environments with tens of thousands of systems with no performance or functional degradation. SaltStack is used by systems administrators to provision, orchestrate and manage any physical, virtual or cloud environment.

SaltStack is unique in providing enterprise software for remote system execution together with configuration management built specifically for modern data center infrastructures. SaltStack takes a programmatic, common-sense approach to server infrastructure configuration and automation. SaltStack is written in Python, utilizes easy to create and read YAML for configuration formulas, and works in a push or pull model with intelligent masters and minions for flexible, dynamic, real-time automation.

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*, “Bossies 2013: The Best of Open Source Software Awards,” Peter Wayner, Sept. 17, 2013,
**, “Bossie Awards 2013: The best open source data center and cloud software,” Steven Nuñez, Sept. 17, 2013,

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SaltStack is a complete systems management software platform for fast and scalable automation of any cloud, application stack or data center infrastructure. SaltStack is used to orchestrate and control physical and virtual infrastructure while providing application and code deployment and configuration for the DevOps toolchain. The Salt open source project was launched in February of 2011 and is now one of the fastest-growing, most-active communities in the world. SaltStack was founded in August 2012 to support the Salt project and to deliver SaltStack Enterprise packaged for the world’s most-dynamic large and small businesses, web-scale applications and clouds. SaltStack won an InfoWorld Bossie Award 2013 in the category of data center and cloud software, won the 2013 GigaOm Structure LaunchPad competition, was named to the CRN list of Top 25 Coolest Emerging Vendors for 2013, was named a Gartner 2013 Cool Vendor in DevOps, and was included on the GitHub Octoverse Top 10 list for 2012. For more information, please visit