In the world of DevOps, the names Chef and Puppet have been synonymous with systems and configuration management in the cloud. But now it is time to make room for a third synonym, Salt. Salt, short for SaltStack, was started in the basement of Founder and CTO Tom Hatch. Tom had been building and administering clouds for a while and was frustrated with some of the complexities and performance issues of the existing tools that he was working with. Tom set out to create a framework that could get real-time information about infrastructure and communicate to servers faster than anything out there. Writing in Python, Tom built a framework that executes many times faster than the competition. In fact one client reported that moving to Salt took the previous deployment process of 18,000 nodes from 15 minutes down to 5 seconds.