Chef vs Laravel Homestead: What are the differences?
Developers describe Chef as "Build, destroy and rebuild servers on any public or private cloud". 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. On the other hand, Laravel Homestead is detailed as "The official Laravel local development environment (Vagrant box)". Laravel Homestead is an official, pre-packaged Vagrant "box" that provides you a wonderful development environment without requiring you to install PHP, HHVM, a web server, and any other server software on your local machine. Homestead runs on any Windows, Mac, or Linux system, and includes the Nginx web server, PHP 5.6, MySQL, Postgres, Redis, Memcached, and all of the other goodies you need to develop amazing Laravel applications.
Chef belongs to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack, while Laravel Homestead can be primarily classified under "Virtual Machine".
Some of the features offered by Chef are:
- Access to 800+ Reusable Cookbooks
- Integration with Leading Cloud Providers
- Enterprise Platform Support including Windows and Solaris
On the other hand, Laravel Homestead provides the following key features:
- Ubuntu 14.04
- PHP 5.6
"Dynamic and idempotent server configuration" is the primary reason why developers consider Chef over the competitors, whereas "Easy to setup" was stated as the key factor in picking Laravel Homestead.
Chef and Laravel Homestead are both open source tools. It seems that Chef with 5.83K GitHub stars and 2.35K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Laravel Homestead with 3.11K GitHub stars and 1.32K GitHub forks.
Airbnb, Facebook, and DigitalOcean are some of the popular companies that use Chef, whereas Laravel Homestead is used by Balliza, Pitcherific, and Timekit. Chef has a broader approval, being mentioned in 359 company stacks & 80 developers stacks; compared to Laravel Homestead, which is listed in 20 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.
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