Chef Automate Release – August 2017

Last week, Chef announced Chef Automate 1.6, which provides significant new capabilities to help organizations reduce risk, improve efficiency, and increase speed. Headline features of the release include new capabilities to make it easier to detect and act on compliance issues, improved data handling to reduce storage requirements by 20%, and notifications to help teams respond quickly to critical problems.

Compliance Features to Help Detect & Correct Issues

Organizations often use Chef Automate to gain visibility of compliance status across the fleet. Updates in 1.6 put more power in operators’ hands to assess current status, satisfy reporting requirements, and take corrective action. All compliance profiles have been updated with build numbers to make it easier to apply precisely the set of controls needed. A new filter allows users to search and filter by control, enabling more granular insight into status. And users can now see detailed compliance status and history by node. Importantly, Chef Automate 1.6 adds the ability to export reports to CSV, making it easier to satisfy audit requirements.

Chef Automate: Compliance - search and filter by control

Improved Data Handling to Support Growth

Chef Automate is used in a variety of demanding environments, including those that span beyond 50,000 nodes.  In the 1.6 release, we’ve improved data handling in Chef Automate and upgraded to the latest version of Elasticsearch.  As a result, users can expect a 20% reduction in on-disk index size for converge and compliance data, improving capacity for growth and helping drive down costs.

Notifications for Faster Response

With the 1.6 release, we have made notifications available as an open beta program. Chef Automate now supports simple configuration of Slack or webhook notifications for Chef client run failures and critical compliance control failures. This capability helps shorten the detect-and-correct cycle to reduce security and compliance risk while maintaining application availability and performance.

Chef Automate supports Slack or webhook notifications

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Dan Hauenstein

Dan was the Vice President of Product Marketing at Chef, helping companies understand Chef so they can achieve speed and outpace the competition. He 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.