Gannett Accelerates Application Deployment from Weeks to Minutes with Chef on AWS

Leading Media Company Automates Full Stack to Enable Continuous Delivery; Presents Results at AWS re:Invent 2015

Chef Achieves New AWS Partner Network DevOps Competency and Advanced Partner Status in APN

SEATTLE and LAS VEGAS – October 6, 2015 – Chef, a leader in automation for DevOps, today announced Gannett, a leading media company and publisher of USA Today, has combined Chef on Amazon Web Services (AWS) to create an automated, secure, and auditable cloud computing strategy that enabled the company to reduce application deployment times from weeks to minutes. Relying on Chef and AWS together, Gannett created a DevOps team to empower developers to automate the full infrastructure and application stack, monitor comprehensively, and rapidly deploy new code more frequently. Gannett built a common deployment methodology for its applications using Chef, and paired this workflow with AWS to simultaneously improve the development cadence and increase visibility across operations and finance teams.

To share best practices from their use case, Gannett’s Erik Bursch, vice president of platform as a service, and Franklin Hanson, senior manager of platform as a service delivery, will present, “USA Today Brings Shadow IT into the Light” at 4:15 pm PT on Thursday, October 8, in Room Lando 4301B, at AWS re:Invent 2015 in Las Vegas.

“Today media content is increasingly consumed through digital and mobile channels and we are tasked with consistently providing consumers with the fastest and best digital experience possible,” said Erik Bursch, vice president of Platform as a Service, Gannett. “To accomplish this, we empowered our development and application teams with a centralized suite of cloud tools to create a culture of automation and continuous delivery. Chef improved our application deployment speed and enabled us to build a transparent code base, and AWS helped us reduce costs and create comprehensive analytics.”

Chef continues to make it easier for businesses across the globe to migrate to, deploy, automate, and innovate on-premises and in the cloud. Building on Chef’s longstanding field and engineering relationship with AWS, Chef is one of the first APN Partners to obtain the new AWS Partner Network (APN) DevOps Competency. Chef achieved the APN DevOps Competency for its demonstrated success in helping customers adopt the latest DevOps principles and technologies. Chef also recently achieved Advanced Technology Partner status within the APN, further building on its relationship with AWS.

“Chef is one of the leading offerings for DevOps, which customers across all industries depend on to accelerate their businesses,” said Terry Wise, Vice President of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “Gannett’s success in accelerating application deployments, while also instituting greater IT security and visibility, is a powerful example of the results customers can attain by using Chef and AWS. We’re pleased to continue working with Chef to support enterprises worldwide as they build effective deployment strategies and practices on AWS.”

“Gannett’s team is committed to the DevOps journey and is reaping the benefits of combining automation and cloud technologies with cross-team transparency and communication,” said Jay Wampold, vice president of marketing, Chef. “We’re proud to be a part of their success and will continue supporting organizations of all types to use Chef and AWS to achieve results like Gannett’s.”

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Lucas Welch

Former Chef Employee