Chef Enterprise Automation Stack

A systems and cloud infrastructure automation framework

About Chef Enterprise Automation Stack

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack is an automation platform that configures and manages infrastructures and aims to increase software innovation velocity. Chef deploys servers to any physical, virtual, or cloud location, no matter what size the infrastructure and imposes self-reliance across the users’ development and operations teams.

Organizations are composed of one or more workstations, a server, and the number of nodes (whether 50 or 500,000) that are configured and maintained by the chef-client. Users can write dynamic policies that will create and manage the infrastructure, as well as search real-time data. ‘Cookbooks’ and ‘recipes’ are used to communicate information to the chef-client. For example, how each node should be configured.

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack's delivery reinforces DevOps to deliver software and applications rapidly and safely with with full traceability of changes in any project. The dashboard shows users easy to understand views of each project, where it is in the pipeline and it's advancement, as well as information on who did what, and when.

The node dashboard lets users see all their managed infrastructures, alerting them of any failures with Chef's audit and compliance features. The audit rules can be customized and sent in real-time to external systems such as email, Slack or Splunk.

Pricing starting from:

US$250.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Key benefits of Chef Enterprise Automation Stack

The Chef Enterprise Automation Stack can be used as the foundation to create and manage dynamic infrastructure whether large or small, across multiple datacenters whether on-premise or in the cloud.

Chef delivers applications and infrastructure quickly and safely, shipping changes whenever the user decides to and with fewer defects thanks to automated testing and approval.

Chef compliance scans entire IT infrastructures and creates reports regarding issues by severity, security risks, and out-of-date software, and can be built directly into the deployment pipeline.

Chef analytics allows users to query, visualize and report on operational events with alerts and notifications across multiple platforms.

Chef’s high availability solution detects failures automatically and ensures maximum server uptime with automated load balancing, rapid backup and quick recovery.

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Germany, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Pricing starting from:

US$250.00/year

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Chef Enterprise Automation Stack

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Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - From the Nodes tab on Chef, users can see the last time nodes checked in with the server and did a chef-client run
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Chef users can view visual reports and chef-client runs
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - After clicking on 'download starter kit', users will be presented with a chef-starter.zip file
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Chef configuration management, run lists and cookbooks
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Users can manage their Chef analytics
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Enter the Chef Credentials
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Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - From the Nodes tab on Chef, users can see the last time nodes checked in with the server and did a chef-client run
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Chef users can view visual reports and chef-client runs
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - After clicking on 'download starter kit', users will be presented with a chef-starter.zip file
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Chef configuration management, run lists and cookbooks
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Users can manage their Chef analytics
Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Software - Enter the Chef Credentials

Features

Total features of Chef Enterprise Automation Stack: 19

  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Automatic Backup
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Compliance Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Continuous Deployment
  • Continuous Integration
  • Dashboard
  • Data Visualization
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Real-time Updates
  • Release Management
  • Server Monitoring
  • Timeline Management
  • Troubleshooting Reports

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5
(34)
Value for Money
4.1/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
3.7/5
Customer Support
3.9/5

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Vandana
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  • Industry: Management Consulting
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Chef - A DevOps Tool to manage your all configuration.

Reviewed on 11/01/2019

We manage the application and services so efficiently with it. The chef-solo also helps in learning...

We manage the application and services so efficiently with it. The chef-solo also helps in learning and implementing the things. On production we use client/server mode to make it more productive. The elastic search indexing help the client node to handle the query in more efficient manner.

Pros

Chef is a powerful configuration management tool that manages and helps in automating the infrastructure with the advance software methodology . It helps in managing the timeline for release. Chef also provide the template infrastructure to configure the module according to the enterprise and DevOps standard. It really helps in deploying the project with the automation. It is written in Ruby and Erlang which run so efficiently on servers without using the must resources. The DevOps methodology helps in making a streamline for configuration and maintenance.

Cons

Implementation of Chef and opting the DevOps methodology is one of the complex part of it. Master Node can be only configurable in Linux\Unix platform. Learning curves are sharp but the brief documentation help and never let you stuck in any step.

Gurleen
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  • Industry: Information Services
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Chef - The Configuration Mangement with power of DevOps

Reviewed on 06/01/2019

Chef is helping us to configure the build and deploy for the different server at the same time....

Chef is helping us to configure the build and deploy for the different server at the same time. Chef help us to implement the true DevOps environment for the development and product delivery.

Pros

Chef is the configuration management tool. It helps in automation build, deploys and manages the CI pipeline and also provides the collaboration and makes clean and easy way for release. The Open Source code make it transparent and easy to debug and customize it. Chef is the best tool to pick form the CM DevOps option as it has the most features that need a CI pipeline need it at the time of development and delivery. Chef is highly scalable with high availability as backup master node is also there.

Cons

Implementation is the most complex part. There should be wizards for the same to make it simple and easy. Master Node can be configured on linux only, So it makes it compulsory to know LINUX while setup of master node. ChefBook is not as easy as yaml scripting language.

Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used for Free Trial
  • Review Source

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  • Ease of Use
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Good automation tool

Reviewed on 29/02/2020

Happy to use it for automatic deployment when someone else did the hard stuff to configure it.

Happy to use it for automatic deployment when someone else did the hard stuff to configure it.

Pros

It offered a lot of automation capability, which for the rigth people unlocks deployment of the applications and it's written in Ruby.

Cons

The documentation was a bit scarce, and the available resources online were not that great at the time I tried this.

Nidhi
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  • Industry: Computer Games
  • Company size: 11-50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

A tool for automation of complete infrastructure.

Reviewed on 15/04/2019

Chef is one of the best and simplest tool for configuration management and automation for code...

Chef is one of the best and simplest tool for configuration management and automation for code infrastructures. Chef made the deployment of 500+ hybrid environment of different projects which makes it simple with the help of automation.

Pros

Chef is a complete automation tool which help us to build the efficient infrastructure of code. It also helps to simplify the configuration management, monitoring and deployment. The build in templates for cloud and on-premises help to setup the configuration. Integration with different cloud and OS make it dynamic to flexible. Chef is one of the best and easiest tool for configuration management. The event feed provide the one stop notification for our all configurations. The customized compliance help to generate the reports for audits.

Cons

Chef needs to provide the simple wizards to setup the master & client nodes for different environment. Documentation search engine should be more enhanced. Chef should also come with the PUSH configuration as it is always recommended in such case when our infrastructure is scaling to frequently.

Sanchita
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  • Industry: Telecommunications
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
  • Customer Support
  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Chef - A robust configuration management DevOps tool

Reviewed on 07/10/2018

We are using it in our production and Unit Test environment. The automation provide by the DevOps...

We are using it in our production and Unit Test environment. The automation provide by the DevOps tool is really excellent. We have jump into the Chef Enterprise edition as it really helping us from so many years.

Pros

Chef is the one of the robust configuration management tool compared to the current market option. Chef is the DevOps engineers first choice as it is having a large community in the current dedicated market place.
Highly scalability feature of the tool make it operation engineer first choice as it make possible to deploy the system with zero outage with the help of docker. Open source code provide the great transparency in the tool. Chef play a vital role in the DevOps software lifecycle as it manage the configuration and help to provide the automatic lifecycle.

Cons

Installation process is bit tricky, specially at the time of configuring master server for it. Master server can be setup on Linux/Unix machine. Chef need code based knowledge for scripting the tool which make it little complex. Documentation is also very large it must come with and fast guide.

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Chef Enterprise Automation Stack FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Chef Enterprise Automation Stack.

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$250.00/year
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Contact Chef for pricing information.

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack supports the following languages:

English

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack supports the following devices:

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack integrates with the following applications:

Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure, Slack, Splunk Cloud

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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