SaltStack Announces the Next Great Salt Sprint

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Salt Sprint to focus on OpenStack support plus additive SaltStack configuration management formulas and real-time command modules.

The Great Salt Sprint 2 will be all that and more by tripling in size and going global. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this time.

SaltStack, the full automation stack for the Internet assembly line and any cloud, today announced the next Great Salt Sprint will take place on Saturday, July 27 at physical and virtual locations around the world. This Salt Sprint will focus on adding more OpenStack support to SaltStack and on expansion of the SaltStack configuration management formula repository and real-time command modules.

Most Salt sprinters will participate virtually, but many members of the Salt development community have volunteered to host the Sprint at locations in cities around the world. Host locations currently include:

  • Albuquerque: @Pay
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan: Right Brain Networks
  • Austin: Patient Conversation Media
  • London: Automation Logic
  • Los Angeles: Hulu and Wiredrive (co-sponsors)
  • New York City: Columbia University Libraries
  • Paris: Logilab (scheduled for Friday, July 26)
  • Phoenix: Isos Technology
  • Salt Lake City: SaltStack
  • San Antonio: Rackspace
  • San Francisco: Versal
  • Seattle: HP Cloud Services

Sprint attendee registration is mandatory for physical location participants to help hosts accurately plan for space, food and drinks. Please register at

Salt Sprint objectives include:

  • More SaltStack support for OpenStack, specifically HP Cloud, Rackspace, Quantum, Swift, Glance, and Nova;
  • Further populate the SaltStack formula (state) repository;
  • Add more real-time SaltStack command modules;
  • Develop more Salt monitoring modules and runner alerts;
  • Create more SaltStack test coverage;
  • Participants are welcome to hack on any code and Salt newcomers are more than welcome to watch, learn and network.

The Sprint will include a friendly inter-office and individual code-contribution competition. SaltStack t-shirts and stickers will be provided to winners. As part of the registration process, participants can provide a GitHub user handle for competition tracking purposes. Participation in the Sprint does not mandate participation in the competition and virtual Sprint participants do not need to register but it is appreciated.

Thomas Hatch, SaltStack CTO and founder, said, “In May 2012, SaltStack held the first-ever Great Salt Sprint hosted in just a few cities on the west coast. The first Sprint generated a ton of incredible code, fostered friendships and even spawned a friendly rivalry between locations. The Great Salt Sprint 2 will be all that and more by tripling in size and going global. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this time. We are very grateful to our community and contributors.”

Sprint locations and participants will be connected primarily via Google Hangout, IRC Freenode channel #Salt, GitHub and the SaltStack mailing list. For more information contact Sprint organizers at sprint at saltstack dot com or visit the Great Salt Sprint website.

SaltStack is utilized by enterprise application support teams, system administrators and DevOps staff who require fast and scalable process automation. SaltStack also provides dynamic and flexible parallel provisioning for physical and virtual environments and orchestration for any cloud environment. SaltStack works in a push or pull model with intelligent masters and minions for flexible, dynamic, real-time automation.

SaltStack is unique in providing enterprise software for remote system execution together with configuration management built specifically for modern data center infrastructures and any cloud environment. SaltStack takes a programmatic, common-sense approach to server infrastructure configuration and automation, allowing IT organizations to quickly manage data center infrastructure and application stacks at scale.

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SaltStack is a complete systems management software stack for fast and scalable automation of any cloud, application 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 the 2013 GigaOm Structure LaunchPad competition, was named to the GitHub Octoverse Top 10 list for 2012, and was a BlackDuck Rookie of the Year for 2011. For more information, please visit

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