Chef Announcements: New EAS Release, Chef Infra Client 17 and Community Celebration Event

Chef was built around a vibrant, innovative, and supportive community that helped shape the DevOps movement and usher in a series of automation capabilities to help organizations deliver infrastructure and applications quickly and securely. Today, Progress Software announced updates to the Chef portfolio and community program to build on that heritage. The latest Chef  Enterprise Automation Stack (EAS) release delivers key functionality to help teams adopt automation capabilities quickly and scale them across the enterprise. And on April 28, Progress will host a Chef Infra Client 17 launch party and Chef Community Celebration to recognize open source contributors.  

Chef Infra Client 17 Launch and Chef Community Celebration 

Chef Infra Client 17 builds upon Progress’ efforts to make Chef easier to use for a wider range of audiences and use cases. Chef Infra Client 17 includes increased platform coverage, improved cloud support and a significant number of new pre-built resources, helpers and cookbooks created by both Chef and the Chef Community. In fact, we’re so excited about the work done on Chef Infra Client 17 by Chef and the Chef Community we’ll be hosting a live launch event on April 28. To register click here

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Delivering Scalable Patterns, Full-Stack Visibility, and Unified Experiences 

 

Chef EAS includes our full stack of enterprise infrastructure, application and compliance automation technologies for delivering change quickly, repeatedly, and securely. With the latest release of Chef EAS we continue to make it easier to get started with and gain value from Chef technology. New dashboards, enterprise scalability, and a unified developer experience enable DevSecOps teams to collaborate easily and continuously deliver applications and infrastructure that are secure by design. 

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack (EAS)  

Unified and Scalable Enterprise Automation Platform Providing Full–Stack Visibility for DevSecOps Teams

Scalable PatternsFull-Stack VisibilityUnified Experiences

Minimize the effort needed to implement multi-product solutions.

Compliance Solutions

Cloud Migrations

Continuous Delivery

Edge Computing

Patch Management

Make it easy to view, aggregate and analyze data across all Chef products.

Infrastructure Management

Compliance

Application Delivery

Data Aggregation

Provide a unified experience for individuals, teams and enterprise administrators.

Chef Workstation for Developers

Chef Automate and Chef Habitat Builder for Teams

Role Based Access Controls for Enterprise Admins

New Chef Infra Compliance Phase 

The new Chef Infra Compliance Phase enables Chef InSpec users to automatically execute compliance as part of any Chef Infra Client run. This new feature dramatically simplifies the workflow needed to run compliance audits, view results and conduct analysis. It also simplifies the implementation of patch management, continuous compliance and other use cases.  

For more read the blog “Chef Infra Best Practices: #2 Continuous Infrastructure Compliance with Chef Infra Compliance Phase”.  

New Infrastructure State Management Dashboards 

The new Infrastructure State Management Dashboards allow users to view and manage Chef Infra Server details in Chef Automate. Using these views users can:  

  • Add organizations to each server 
  • Review cookbooks, roles, environments, data bags, and clients for each organization 
  • Search and find roles, environments, data bag items, and clients from Chef Automate 

When combined with Chef Infra Client Run Reports, the new views provide detailed insights into the various policies and Chef objects in use on a system, making managing infrastructure easier. This release provides another step towards improving upon and replacing the functionality found in the “Chef Manage” tool. In upcoming releases, we plan to add the ability to make changes to the desired state, further accelerating the ability of users to remediate infrastructure drift with configuration management. 

Chef Habitat Now Included in Chef Workstation 

Now the Chef Habitat CLI can be installed directly out of Chef Workstation alongside all other Chef products. This provides a unified installation and developer experience for the full Chef Enterprise Automation Stack. 

Learn more about Getting Started with Chef Habitat.  

For more Chef product news visit the Chef Release Announcements Discourse channel.  

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Dan Hauenstein

Dan is the Vice President of Product Marketing at Chef, helping companies understand Chef so they can achieve speed and outpace the competition. He has spent 20 years in strategy, marketing, and enablement roles in the enterprise software space at companies including Hortonworks, IBM, Micromuse, and McKinsey & Co. Throughout his career he’s tried to make complicated subjects easy to understand, mainly by boiling them down to three bullet points.

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