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What is Chef?

Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.
Chef is a tool in the Server Configuration and Automation category of a tech stack.
Chef is an open source tool with 6.3K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks. Here鈥檚 a link to Chef's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Chef?

420 companies reportedly use Chef in their tech stacks, including Airbnb, Facebook, and Shopify.

591 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Chef.

Chef Integrations

Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Datadog, Zabbix, and AWS CodeDeploy are some of the popular tools that integrate with Chef. Here's a list of all 28 tools that integrate with Chef.
Public Decisions about Chef

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Chef in their tech stack.

In late 2013, the Operations Engineering team at PagerDuty was made up of 4 engineers, and was comprised of generalists, each of whom had one or two areas of depth. Although the Operations Team ran its own on-call, each engineering team at PagerDuty also participated on the pager.

The Operations Engineering Team owned 150+ servers spanning multiple cloud providers, and used Chef to automate their infrastructure across the various cloud providers with a mix of completely custom cookbooks and customized community cookbooks.

Custom cookbooks were managed by Berkshelf, andach custom cookbook contained its own tests based on ChefSpec 3, coupled with Rspec.

Jenkins was used to GitHub for new changes and to handle unit testing of those features.

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Marcel Kornegoor

Since #ATComputing is a vendor independent Linux and open source specialist, we do not have a favorite Linux distribution. We mainly use Ubuntu , Centos Debian , Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora during our daily work. These are also the distributions we see most often used in our customers environments.

For our #ci/cd training, we use an open source pipeline that is build around Visual Studio Code , Jenkins , VirtualBox , GitHub , Docker Kubernetes and Google Compute Engine.

For #ServerConfigurationAndAutomation, we have embraced and contributed to Ansible mainly because it is not only flexible and powerful, but also straightforward and easier to learn than some other (open source) solutions. On the other hand: we are not affraid of Puppet Labs and Chef either.

Currently, our most popular #programming #Language course is Python . The reason Python is so popular has to do with it's versatility, but also with its low complexity. This helps sysadmins to write scripts or simple programs to make their job less repetitive and automating things more fun. Python is also widely used to communicate with (REST) API's and for data analysis.

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Since the beginning, Cal Henderson has been the CTO of Slack. Earlier this year, he commented on a Quora question summarizing their current stack.

  • Web: a mix of JavaScript/ES6 and React.
  • Desktop: And Electron to ship it as a desktop application.
  • Android: a mix of Java and Kotlin.
  • iOS: written in a mix of Objective C and Swift.
  • The core application and the API written in PHP/Hack that runs on HHVM.
  • The data is stored in MySQL using Vitess.
  • Caching is done using Memcached and MCRouter.
  • The search service takes help from SolrCloud, with various Java services.
  • The messaging system uses WebSockets with many services in Java and Go.
  • Load balancing is done using HAproxy with Consul for configuration.
  • Most services talk to each other over gRPC,
  • Some Thrift and JSON-over-HTTP
  • Voice and video calling service was built in Elixir.
Data warehouse
  • Built using open source tools including Presto, Spark, Airflow, Hadoop and Kafka.
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Erwin Saputra
Senior Software Engineer at Appsindo Technology | 1 upvotes 路 15.4K views
Shared insights

Out custom recipes makes it simple for developers bootstrap process (using vagrant) and that same recipe is also the one that is used to prep instances Chef

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Shared insights

We use Chef to streamline the task of configuration and managing the servers we host our tools on.

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Chef's Features

  • Access to 800+ Reusable Cookbooks
  • Integration with Leading Cloud Providers
  • Enterprise Platform Support including Windows and Solaris
  • Create, Bootstrap and Manage OpenStack Clouds
  • Easy Installation with 'one-click' Omnibus Installer
  • Automatic System Discovery with Ohai
  • Text-Based Search Capabilities
  • Multiple Environment Support
  • "Knife" Command Line Interface
  • "Dry Run" Mode for Testing Potential Changes
  • Manage 10,000+ Nodes on a Single Chef Server
  • Available as a Hosted Service
  • Centralized Activity and Resource Reporting
  • "Push" Command and Control Client Runs
  • Multi-Tenancy
  • Role-Based Access Control [RBAC]
  • High Availability Installation Support and Verification
  • Centralized Authentication Using LDAP or Active Directory

Chef Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Chef?
Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible鈥檚 goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
Puppet Labs
Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.
With Terraform, you describe your complete infrastructure as code, even as it spans multiple service providers. Your servers may come from AWS, your DNS may come from CloudFlare, and your database may come from Heroku. Terraform will build all these resources across all these providers in parallel.
In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows.
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Chef's Followers
843 developers follow Chef to keep up with related blogs and decisions.