Posted By Rich Miller On May 16, 2012 @ 7:00 am In Management | No Comments
The open source infrastructure management tool Chef has now been downloaded more than 1 million times, Chef’s parent company Opscode said today. Opscode will release a number of new features today at its first ChefCon user conference, including plugins to provide easier installation on a broad selection of major public clouds.
The Chef community now includes 26,000 active users, 120 corporate contributors and more than 450 “cookbooks” – repeatable code to automate the configuration and management processes, enabling users to quickly deploy servers.
“The rapid adoption of Chef underscores a major transition to scale-out computing in the enterprise,” said Mitch Hill, CEO of Opscode . “This shift is creating a major skills gap in IT, with access to compute resources far outpacing the number of professionals capable of managing these complex environments. Opscode Chef is a force multiplier that solves for this skill gap, providing a model for re-use which enables businesses to automate IT infrastructure and maximize the potential of cloud computing.”
Chef’s enriched functionality includes a number of new features. These include:
Opscode said the new installation plugins were a particularly important feature.
“Working collaboratively with the Chef community, we’ve developed plugins for a number of leading public cloud services, ensuring easy integration and consistent model of interaction,” said Christopher Brown, CTO, Opscode. “By using Chef to automate infrastructure in public cloud environments, businesses can speed the delivery of applications, while using fewer resources to do so, helping them get the most from their investment in the cloud.”
“Ensuring that our global IT customers can proactively automate the configurations of applications and the orchestration of elastic infrastructure resources through Eucalyptus is critical to their successful adoption of cloud,” said David Butler, senior vice preside of marketing at Eucalyptus. “With Opscode Chef, users can easily configure and deliver applications and servers to our infrastructure as a service cloud, enabling them to get the most from our services, while we take care of the rest.”
ChefConf features three days of technical sessions, workshops, training and keynotes designed to help businesses maximize the value of their IT investment and accelerate the speed of business. From in-depth discussions on the latest trends in IT infrastructure management, DevOps and cloud configuration, to engaging panel discussions on real-world use cases, #ChefConf is shaping the future of infrastructure automation.
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