Chef Extends Continuous Automation to Next Generation Architectures

  • Infrastructure
  • 26.05.2017 07:00 am

From ChefConf 2017Chef, the leader in Continuous Automation, today announced new capabilities to enable enterprises to transition to cloud-native and container-first environments with consistent automation and DevOps practices.

As enterprises navigate major technology shifts, demand is higher than ever for simple and consistent automation and management across hybrid infrastructure and application portfolios. Chef continues to invest in its platform to ensure successful business outcomes from digital transformation efforts amongst its customers.

Chef Automate, the company's flagship Continuous Automation Platform, is being extended with capabilities for:

  • Compliance Automation. Chef Automate now integrates directly with InSpec to provide consistent workflows and practices for validating security requirements and compliance controls. Defining compliance as code enables security requirements to ‘shift left’ into DevOps processes, enabling teams to deliver software with increased speed, improved efficiency, and decreased risk.
  • Application Automation. Chef also demonstrated the future of Chef Automate’s integration with Habitat to extend to enterprises the application supervisor capabilities required for deploying and managing any application from legacy monoliths to container-based, cloud-native, microservices, and everything in between.

InSpec, the company’s compliance automation framework, today released InSpec-AWSInSpec-Azure, and InSpec-vSphere as incubation projects that bring compliance as code to the cloud. These projects provide resources to test, interact, and audit these cloud platforms directly and easily access their configuration inside of InSpec.

Habitat, the company’s emerging application supervisor technology, today released its highly anticipated Builder service for packaging, managing, and running apps. Habitat is focused on offering teams and enterprises the fastest and easiest way to package, build, and manage apps from bare metal through virtual and container runtimes. Habitat announced new productivity capabilities, including:

  • Habitat Scaffolding. New helper functions in Habitat provide scaffolding to enable rapid packaging of apps built in with popular languages and frameworks such as Ruby on Rails and Node.js with more to follow. Packaged apps can then be exported to any target runtime such as Docker and ACI for use in container environments such as Kubernetes, OpenShift and Mesosphere DC/OS.
  • Enterprise-ready Habitat Plans. An initial set of 20 core build plans to enable developers and teams to more quickly package applications for common enterprise scenarios. These cover Big Data (Cassandra, Spark, Storm, Kafka, Zookeeper, CrateDB), Monitoring (Prometheus, Grafana), Middleware (WebSphere, Mulesoft, Varnish, RabbitMQ, Consul), Databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redis, Shield backup) and Developer and Content Tools (Jenkins, Drupal, Wordpress).
  • Core Package Auto-Rebuilds. Packages accepted and curated as ‘Core’ will be automatically rebuilt as their dependencies are updated. Users can then consume these to power their own applications.

Partner Highlights:

Chef continues to act as the favored tooling for next generation technologies in the cloud. Chef has built a network of more than 400 partners worldwide including leading tech companies AWS, Microsoft, Google, HPE, Intel and IBM. The company attracted 198 new partners in 2016.

  • AWS OpsWorks. Launched at AWS re:Invent in Q4 2016, OpsWorks for Chef Automate has offered customers the ability to launch Chef Automate natively from the AWS console in 15 minutes and provides the management of backup and upgrades allowing customers to focus on core configuration management and automation tasks. AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate saw 8x growth from January 2017 to March 2017. Chef Automate is also now available in the AWS Marketplace.
  • Microsoft Azure. Microsoft and Chef worked together to provide a range of ways for their customer to manage their Azure infrastructure using Chef Automate. These include a new all in one Chef Automate in the Azure Marketplace as well as bringing Chef Automate to hybrid environments through Azure Stack Marketplace syndication. Earlier this year, at Build 2017, Chef launched a new set of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services integrations which provides a set of tasks to automate common build and release tasks when using Visual Studio Team Services alongside Chef Automate.
  • VMware. Chef has expanded the integrations for VMware products by releasing new integrations between Chef and VMware vRealize 7 on both Windows and Linux platforms.

Leading systems integrators see business opportunity for automation of current- and next-generation customer architectures and firms such as Slalom, CTP, and others have made Chef their DevOps partner of choice.

Community Highlights:

Chef today launched a new community skills experience, Learn Chef Rally, providing comprehensive tutorials, articles, and technical documents with 51 modules across 11 tracks for the Chef and DevOps communities. Rally provides a gamified experience enabling users to measure and share their progress as they build their automation skills. The Rally experience prepares Chef users for formal training and certification in the high-demand market for DevOps practitioners.

Chef’s 70,000 strong community continues to contribute and support the projects, and each other. Chef has now been downloaded 40 million times. In the past year we’ve seen:

  • More than 5,000 new Supermarket members, with over 5,000 cookbook releases to the Supermarket.
  • More than 1,000 community-initiated pull requests merged into Chef projects.
  • Our Slack communities have grown to more than 3,000 members across the Chef, InSpec, and Habitat projects.
  • Chef participated in more than 300 public community events.

Company Momentum

Chef continues to see rapid business growth on a global scale. Some highlights include:

  • Chef doubled new enterprise customers over the past two years, with total sales growing by nearly 50 percent in 2016.
  • AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate, which was introduced in Q4 of 2016, saw 8x growth from January 2017 to March 2017.
  • Chef is now used by more than half of the companies on the Fortune 50, and 5 of the top 10 US banks, 3 of the top 4 auto manufacturers, 6 of the top 10 US retailers, and 8 of the top 10 tech companies on the Fortune 500.
  • Chef significantly expanded its international operations in the European and APAC markets and now serves over 150 customers in EMEA and over 50 in APAC.

Supporting Quotes:

“Applications are where all the value is to a business; both internally and with customers. As we strive to deliver more value faster, it’s natural that we move to an application-centric operating model. When we introduced Habitat a year ago, we started on the path of delivering that model to everyone. With the initial release of our build service, we’re showing how close we are to a world where a new security vulnerability triggers a fully automated response: we can rebuild your applications, we can patch your infrastructure, and we can validate that those changes can be safely and securely applied in production.” – Adam Jacob, co-founder and CTO, Chef

“In every industry vertical we are seeing enterprises use IT to become nimble digital attackers, significantly outperforming digital laggards. To compete effectively, enterprises should have a strategy for enabling increased speed, efficiency, while also reducing risk across their current environment that also provides a bridge to cloud-native and container-first strategies. Chef’s complete approach to Continuous Automation spanning infrastructure, compliance, and application automation helps simplify and provide consistency for software delivery regardless of the environment or shape of application.” – Ken Cheney, CMO, Chef

“Our community continues to grow and evolve at a rapid pace and we’re committed to making investments in its success. We have more open source projects than ever before and continue to see growth and adoption across those projects. ChefConf is always an amazing reunion where our community comes together to celebrate its accomplishments, share best practices, and plan for the future.”  Nathen Harvey, VP Community, Chef

What Our Customers Are Saying:

“In today’s software-driven economy, speed is the competitive currency required to meet digital consumer needs. At IHG, our technology helps differentiate our brand and enhance the guest experience. Chef Automate makes our infrastructure reliable and scalable, enabling our IT team to rapidly innovate and closely align with the strategic priorities of our business. The battle is no longer about large organizations outperforming the small; it’s about the fast beating the slow.” – Eric Pearson, CIO, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

“At Capital One, we are taking a cloud first approach to all new development, and are moving to a DevOps app development model that gives engineers more control over the software they create,” said Brock Beatty, Director, Technology, Capital One. “Chef has been a great partner in our DevOps and continuous automation journey, and ensuring our modern applications teams can build software with speed at scale in a well-managed way.”

What Our Partners Are Saying:

“Microsoft is continuing to evolve and build stronger ties and support for the open source communities. Chef has built an enterprise grade product around a best-of-breed open source, allowing customers to modernize their data centers and make the move to the cloud faster and more efficient.”  – John Gossman, Lead Architect, Microsoft Corp.

“Cloud adoption across an enterprise is a major undertaking, and our clients are seeking best of breed tools to help them through every step of their cloud journey,” said Rob Lancaster, Vice President, Global Alliances, Cloud Technology Partners, an AWS Premier Consulting Partner. “By incorporating Chef Automate in our Cloud Adoption Program, we are able to provide the prescriptive automation capabilities that our enterprise clients need to gain the full agility and speed the cloud promises.”

“Chef Automate is a great example of the next gen technology and tools needed to help break enterprise silos and provide a space for all technology practices to work together. Enterprises need the prescriptive guidance of Chef Automate. We are excited to see Chef continue to be the differentiator in this space.”  Waleed Bekheet, Global DevOps Practice Director from Slalom Consulting.

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