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Chef DK 3.0 Released

Today we’re delighted to announce the release of Chef DK 3.0. With this release, you can detect and correct issues across more platforms faster than ever before with the addition of Chef 14 and InSpec 2. Chef 14 Chef 14 brings with it a variety of performance and workflow improvements, as well as nearly thirty new resources native to the Chef DSL. This includes better built-in support for Windows and MacOS management, as well as native management of Red Hat Systems Manager (RHSM) within Chef. For more details on what’s new in Chef 14, be...

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Practical Guide to Cloud Migration with Chef

Organizations are migrating workloads to the cloud at breakneck speed, and it’s not difficult to see why. Cloud providers offer the ability to provision new environments and infrastructure on demand, allowing fleets to be scaled with unparalleled speed and efficiency. Costly and complex to maintain network and storage hardware can be replaced with vendor-managed services. The benefits of a cloud migration are numerous and profound, but migrating successfully takes careful planning. Our latest white paper, Practical Guide to Cloud Migration...

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Using InSpec to Achieve Compliance Automation with Ansible

Earlier this week, we published a recap of our recent InSpec 2.0 webinar, and covered some of the themes that came up during the Q&A session. A number of attendees asked some variation of the question, “Can InSpec be used with other configuration management tools?” In short, the answer is: absolutely! Today we’d like to put a finer point on that response with some practical examples. Our latest white paper takes a look at how InSpec can be used in environments managed by Ansible from a practitioner’s perspective. I’ve written at...

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Habitat in Azure on Channel 9

Habitat is a powerful application automation framework that enables organization to build, deploy, and manage their applications consistently no matter where they’re deployed. When you build your application in Habitat, the artifact you create can be deployed on-prem or in the cloud, and on traditional infrastructure or containers. Regardless of where that application is deployed, Habitat provides a unified workflow for configuration updates, service discovery, update strategies, and more! In a recent episode of Channel 9’s Azure Friday...

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Successfully Migrate to the Cloud with Chef and AWS

By providing organizations with the ability to launch and scale environments on-demand, the cloud has changed how we develop applications and deploy infrastructure, allowing us to iterate faster than previously imaginable. It’s no surprise, then, that cloud migrations have become a hot topic in our industry. A recent survey of Chef users found that a whopping 95% of respondents are currently in some phase of cloud adoption. It’s worth noting, however, that while the survey captured users from a variety of industries, with varying levels of...

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Collaboration and Scaling with Chef at NCR

In today’s always-connected environment, every company needs to have a strong online presence in order to stay competitive. This shift has been keenly felt at NCR, where over a century of innovation has been built on the hardware they provide to their customers. We recently sat down with Michael Hedgpeth, Senior Software Architect at NCR, and he told us that in the digital transformation age we live in, that alone is no longer enough. His team is responsible for ensuring that NCR is able to deliver innovations to their customers quickly and...

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The Journey to Continuous Automation

At Chef, we believe that the most successful organizations are those that can outperform their peers on metrics of speed, efficiency, and risk. While there are clear benefits to be had by making measurable improvements on any of these outcomes, taken individually those benefits can only go so far. The ability to deploy code more quickly without removing error-prone processes can uncover new bottlenecks. Efficient deploys without a way to assess the risks of any new updates or features can lead to costly rollbacks when issues are uncovered...

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Modernizing Deployments with Chef and Habitat at Media Temple

Media Temple has been a leading web hosting provider for nearly 20 years. As a Software Developer there, George Marshall is responsible for focusing on products that help their customers realize their goals in taking their ideas online. We recently interviewed George about how his team is using Chef and Habitat. You can watch a recording of the interview below. George told us how crucial automation has become in day to day application deployments, and in particular he shared his excitement about working with Habitat. Big Ideas, Small...

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Transforming IT Operations with Chef and Schuberg Philis

Schuberg Philis is an IT services company that helps their customers realize their digital transformation goals. Joris van Lieshout is a Mission Critical Engineer at Schuberg Philis, and is responsible for designing and supporting infrastructure for a wide array of customers. This past spring we had a conversation with Joris to discuss how his team is using Chef to help his clients achieve unprecedented velocity and creativity while maintaining the environmental security their customers depend on. Achieving Velocity in Regulated Spaces “We...