On February 20th, 2011, I started on a journey. I wrote and committed my first lines of code to the Salt open source project. I was alone in my basement at the time, motivated by a desire to solve some technical problems and improve my resume. By April of 2011, I had cut the first release of Salt, version 0.6. In the early days, releases came quickly and the community began to grow. By the end of 2011, over 80 people had contributed code, many of whom are still with the project today.

The journey of Salt and SaltStack has been long. We have created one of the largest open source developer communities in the world and SaltStack software is being used to automate many of the largest infrastructures today. My modest aspirations have been eclipsed by an incredible adoption of the technology I started so many years ago in my basement.

Today we announced that VMWare intends to acquire SaltStack, thus ushering in a new chapter for Salt, SaltStack, and the many wonderful people who have taken this journey with me. I am deeply honored and excited about the opportunity the next chapter brings, not only for me personally but for everyone whose lives have been impacted by this software that I am so grateful to be a part of.

The handling of the Salt open source community was a top priority for me heading into this acquisition. Back in 2011, I made commitments to the Salt community to honor the spirit of open source software. Today, nothing has changed. This vibrant and passionate community means as much to me at this moment as it did on day one. VMWare has also expressed their respect and appreciation for the Salt community and has made a strong commitment to continue to support and sustain it. 

I am excited to announce that I’ll be continuing my work with VMware. I feel they can help accelerate every aspect of what we have done at SaltStack. VMware sees value in the full SaltStack product suite—the Salt open source project, our commercial IT and security products, and our new innovations. As we push forward as part of the VMware family, I believe my original dreams for Salt will continue to be overshadowed by the reality the future will bring!

Thank you all for taking this journey with me so far. This new chapter marks an incredible acceleration and opportunity for Salt. Today the journey feels renewed and refreshed; many more years of innovation and progress are yet ahead of us! Please join us for SaltConf20 Virtual on October 29th to learn more.

Thomas Hatch | SaltStack Co-founder and CTO