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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 5.9K GitHub stars and 2.4K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Chef's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Chef?

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

Developers
494 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Chef.

Chef Integrations

Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Datadog, Rackspace Cloud Servers, and Airbrake are some of the popular tools that integrate with Chef. Here's a list of all 25 tools that integrate with Chef.

Why developers like Chef?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Chef
Chef Reviews

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

Marcel Kornegoor
Marcel Kornegoor
CTO at AT Computing · | 5 upvotes · 44.4K views
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Python
Python
Chef
Chef
Puppet Labs
Puppet Labs
Ansible
Ansible
Google Compute Engine
Google Compute Engine
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Docker
Docker
GitHub
GitHub
VirtualBox
VirtualBox
Jenkins
Jenkins
Visual Studio Code
Visual Studio Code
Fedora
Fedora
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Debian
Debian
CentOS
CentOS
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Linux
Linux
#ATComputing

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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StackShare Editors
StackShare Editors
Jenkins
Jenkins
GitHub
GitHub
Chef
Chef
RSpec
RSpec

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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StackShare Editors
StackShare Editors
Apache Thrift
Apache Thrift
Kotlin
Kotlin
Presto
Presto
HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine)
HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine)
gRPC
gRPC
Kubernetes
Kubernetes
Apache Spark
Apache Spark
Airflow
Airflow
Terraform
Terraform
Hadoop
Hadoop
Swift
Swift
Hack
Hack
Memcached
Memcached
Consul
Consul
Chef
Chef
Prometheus
Prometheus

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

Apps
  • 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.
Backend
  • 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.
Etc
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Erwin Saputra
Erwin Saputra
Senior Software Engineer at Appsindo Technology · | 1 upvotes · 3.6K views
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Chef
Chef

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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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
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’s 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.
Capistrano
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.
Fabric
Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks. It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.
Salt
Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management. Easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with them in seconds. Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.
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Chef's Stats

Chef's Followers
626 developers follow Chef to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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