Puppet Labs today announces the launch of the Puppet Supported Program to certify select vendors for the use of Puppet’s IT automation technology. The Puppet Supported Program testifies that participating vendors have passed protocols that ensure the seamless integration of Puppet Enterprise with their platforms. For example, the program validates that the vendors in question have the capability to accommodate best practice deployment of Puppet Enterprise as demonstrated by a rigorous testing program. The Puppet Supported Program launches with the participation of certified vendors Arista Networks, Brocade, Cisco, Cumulus Networks, Dell, EMC, F5, Huawei and NetApp. Today’s announcement builds upon Puppet’s recent capital raise of $40M that brings the total capital raised by the company to $86M to date. As told to Cloud Computing Today in a phone interview with Nigel Kersten, Puppet’s CIO, one of the next milestones for Puppet will involve extending the purview of its automation technology to networking infrastructures, even though Puppet has already begun work in this arena in collaboration with OpenStack and its Neutron project.