Chef delivers a delicious solution for server deployment and configuration
February 12, 2021

Chef delivers a delicious solution for server deployment and configuration

Rob Ericsson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Chef Effortless Infrastructure Suite

Modules Used

  • Chef Infra
  • Chef InSpec
  • Chef Automate

Overall Satisfaction with Chef, from Progress

We used Chef to automate our deployment of development demo systems at Rizing. Previously, creating new system was a time-consuming human driven process. With Chef, we were able to automate and standardize many steps of our deployment process reducing the time required and improving the consistency and quality of the systems deployed.
  • Enabling the use of system configuration as code
  • Automating the deployment process
  • Ensuring that the deployed system comply with corporate and security standards
  • The array of tools can be confusing - a unified approach would make things easier
  • The domain specific language is powerful but has a learning curve
  • Need to use other tools to complete our deployment
  • Reduced our time to deploy servers to support the business
  • Increased our confidence that deployed servers meet internal and external standards
  • Licensing wasn't granular enough to reflect our true use of the tools
We considered the three leading competitors in the field: Chef, Puppet and Ansible. Ansible is a very strong competitor and has a nice degree of flexibility in that it does not require a client install. Instead the configuration is delivered by SSH which is very simple. Puppet seems like it has fallen off the pace of the competition and lacked the strong community offered by Chef. We chose Chef because of the strong support by the company and the dynamic and deep community support.

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Chef is a very nice tool for establishing and maintaining a consistent configuration across a range of servers. In addition, Automate allows the continued monitoring and maintenance of servers so they don't drift from established standards. Overall, it deals very well with complex systems.

Chef is slightly less applicable for a micro-services approach where the servers are replicated from a simple and known starting point.