Chef cooking with gas as Amazon Web Services rollout announced

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IT automation and DevOps provider Chef has announced its availability in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) marketplace, expanding its collaboration with the infrastructure giant and offering one click deployment for AWS users.

Chef, whose clients include Facebook, Splunk and GE, now enables AWS customers to migrate workloads from on premise data centres to AWS, as well as migrate, deploy, automate, and manage change in the cloud.

Ken Cheney, VP business development at Chef, said: “Chef is excited to expand our collaboration with AWS. AWS’s market leadership in cloud computing, coupled with our expertise in IT automation and DevOps practices, brings a new level of capabilities to our customers.” Dave McCann, AWS Marketplace VP, added: “Our customers want easy to use software like Chef that is available for immediate purchase and deployment in AWS Marketplace. This new partnership demonstrates our focus on offering low-friction DevOps tools to power customers’ business.”

The two companies are also coming together on the AWS Loft talks series in New York and San Francisco, with Chef providing training and content focusing on DevOps success patterns.

According to Gartner research, DevOps will evolve from a niche strategy to a mainstream play by 2016, potentially being employed by a quarter of Global 2000 organisations. As things stand at the moment, however, companies are not so sure.  As Kelly Stirman, VP strategy at MongoDB, told this reporter at the recent Cloud World Forum event, it is not for every company.

“What DevOps is really about is developers taking more and more control of the stack, [and] at the same time automating more and more of the stack,” he said. “There’s this happy story about getting ops and developers to work more closely together, and understand each other more. That’s nice, but it’s really about developers continuing to advance and take on more and more ownership of an entire stack.”

This publication has also examined the importance of DevOps when utilising AWS. As LogicWorks wrote in November 2014: “With a DevOps approach to deployment of cloud apps in an AWS environment, it may very well be possible that while the shift to cloud computing may test the reliability of the technology, in reality, it is not something that one needs to be overly concerned about.”

You can find out more about Chef for AWS here.

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