11 open source companies to watch

Open source companies worth watching focus on cloud computing, security, collaboration and more.

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Company name: Reductive Labs

Founded: 2009; Reductive LLC, 2003

Locations: Portland, Ore.

Product company offers: Develops Puppet, an open source data center automation framework. Puppet allows organizations to manage their computational resources with more consistency, flexibility and transparency by auditing and enforcing configuration policies. Reductive Labs provides training, support and implementation services.

Why it is worth watching: Puppet allows users to declare policies on how machines should be configured in a generic way. Puppet enforces meta data in order to prevent "configuration drift" especially in highly virtualized environments.

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