Chef vs Serverspec: What are the differences?
Chef: 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; Serverspec: Tests for your servers configured by Puppet, Chef or anything else. With Serverspec, you can write RSpec tests for checking your servers are configured correctly Serverspec tests your servers’ actual state by executing command locally, via SSH, via WinRM, via Docker API and so on..
Chef and Serverspec belong to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack.
Chef and Serverspec are both open source tools. Chef with 5.89K GitHub stars and 2.35K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Serverspec with 2.27K GitHub stars and 375 GitHub forks.
Airbnb, Facebook, and Slack are some of the popular companies that use Chef, whereas Serverspec is used by Groupe La Poste, HERE Technologies, and Travelex. Chef has a broader approval, being mentioned in 435 company stacks & 496 developers stacks; compared to Serverspec, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.
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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