SIMP at PuppetConf 2016

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Amanda Arnold

Hanover, MD, 05 December 2016

SIMP and its product steward, Onyx Point, LLC., were sponsors of Puppet Conf 2016. This year’s premier IT Automation conference was held in San Diego, California and highlighted product releases and improvements, technical break-outs, and security tracks to unite DevOps professionals over common interests and challenges.

SIMP Stack


Trevor Vaughan, Onyx Point co-founder and Principal Engineer of SIMP, delivered an update to new and existing users of the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). SIMP, which operates on a fully open source core code base, provides the following to its users:

  • Full Management of RedHat and CentOS systems
  • Reduced Complexity of Technical Compliance
  • Enhanced Security and Compliance
  • Leverage the Open Source Community

Over the course of a year in Open Source, several product features were added and/or refined, tested, and made available to users. Of these features, SIMP’s addition of the COMPLIANCE MAPPER, was worthy of note. The COMPLIANCE MAPPER provides validation against one or a selection of commonly required IT compliance standards.

You can specify multiple compliance profiles at once. If you want to see PCI-DSS, SOX, HIPAA, STIG, and NIST 800-53 all at the same time, you can.

In addition to the session led by Trevor, Onyx Point hosted a booth in the Exhibitor Pavilion. Conference attendees were encouraged to FORK IT and contribute to the project in a vibrant green and black booth that highlighted the security and compliance platform as well as Puppet professional services the company provides. Games of chance which underscored the tenets of Security, Compliance, Automation, and DevOps kept things light, while core contributors and security engineers were available for question and answer sessions and hands-on demonstration.

Onyx Point marketing booth

Did you attend PuppetConf 2016? Tell us about your experience and introduction to the SIMP project.

At Onyx Point, our engineers focus on Security, System Administration, Automation, Dataflow, and DevOps consulting for government and commercial clients. We offer professional services for Puppet, RedHat, SIMP, NiFi, GitLab, and the other solutions in place that keep your systems running securely and efficiently. We offer Open Source Software support and Engineering and Consulting services through GSA IT Schedule 70. As Open Source contributors and advocates, we encourage the use of FOSS products in Government as part of an overarching IT Efficiencies plan to reduce ongoing IT expenditures attributed to software licensing. Our support and contributions to Open Source, are just one of our many guiding principles

  • Customer First.
  • Security in All We Do.
  • Pursue Innovation with Integrity.
  • Communicate Openly and Respectfully.
  • Offer Your Talents, and Appreciate the Talents of Others

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