Chef Brings DevOps Platform and Practices to Windows and Microsoft Azure

New Chef Integration with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Enables Users to Automate Workloads and Accelerate Application Delivery In Both Windows and Linux Environments

SEATTLE – September 8, 2014 –Chef, the leader in web-scale IT automation, today announced new integration with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), enabling developers and operations teams to best implement DevOps practices on the journey to web speed and scale. Chef also today announced its next-generation IT automation platform, Chef 12 (see separate release), with a new comprehensive suite of enterprise features for high availability (HA), replication, and analytics.

News Highlights:

Chef accelerates and de-risks DevOps adoption for Microsoft customers so they can achieve web speed and scale.

–        PowerShell DSC Integration: Chef now enables developers and IT practitioners to treat any DSC resource as a Chef resource. Integration with DSC makes it easy to manage Windows components and improve collaboration between development and operations teams in heterogeneous environments.

–        Comprehensive Azure Capabilities: Chef is supported in Azure for ease of configuration, automation, and management of VM-based cloud infrastructure.In addition,Microsoft Open Technologies, a subsidiary of Microsoft dedicated to bridging Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies, has published a collection of three Chef cookbooks for configuring Azure Virtual Machines, helping customers reduce risk, management, and development cycle times.

Supporting Quotes:

“Chef’s PowerShell DSC integration is the next step in our ongoing collaboration with Microsoft, focused on bringing web speed and scale to the enterprise. Chef provides the entire Windows community with a single automation platform for all systems and environments no matter where they are in the journey to web-scale IT.”

–        Adam Jacob, chief technology officer, Chef

“Chef’s layering on top of PowerShell DSC aligns them with the Windows Server configuration strategy, which ensures their customers automatically benefit from our investments and our ecosystem. Together, Chef and Microsoft are empowering DevOps adoption in the enterprise with integrated technologies that improve collaboration and speed software development.”

–        Jeffrey Snover, Distinguished Engineer and lead architect for Windows Server, Microsoft

“After evaluating several configuration management solutions, we decided to go with Chef. Chef’s PowerShell DSC integration and working relationship with Microsoft was the key factor in our decision. The combination of Chef and DSC will help us meet the needs of our internal and external customers when it comes to IT automation.”

–        Adam Salvo, DevOps manager, Trek Bicycles

Additional Resources

Lucas Welch

Former Chef Employee