Opscode Delivers Cloud Infrastructure Automation to the Enterprise

New Products, Growing Partner Ecosystem and Expanding Customer Base Underscore New Requirements for IT Management Amid Shift to Cloud Computing

SEATTLE, Wash – June 14, 2011 Opscode, Inc., today at the O’Reilly Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., made a number of announcements underscoring the need for cloud infrastructure automation amid the widespread shift to cloud computing. Opscode announced the general availability of Hosted Chef™, its new Private Chef™ product, and a growing number of partners and customers that are joining with Opscode to fully realize the potential of cloud computing.

Companies large and small are embracing cloud computing at a rapid rate. In a recent Opscode survey sent to 8,000 members of its community, 84 percent of respondents were confident that their organizations would move to a private or public cloud in the next 12 months. 66 percent of respondents said they were already moving to the cloud or had plans underway — signaling a significant change in the way organizations are approaching their IT infrastructure needs.

“More and more organizations are adopting cloud computing, and this adoption is often driven by DevOps teams charged with building infrastructure for a new category of lighter, more agile applications,” said Rachel Chalmers, research director for the 451 Group. “Opscode is at the forefront of companies working in this space.”

“Once a company sees that five-minute server provisioning is not only possible, but can be an everyday reality, it naturally becomes a core component of their IT strategy,” said Jesse Robbins, co-founder and CEO of Opscode. “Opscode provides a suite of proven cloud automation infrastructure solutions that enables organizations to configure servers and scale applications throughout the enterprise just as quickly as the cloud can deliver them.”

Cloud Infrastructure Automation Built for the Enterprise

Opscode announced a suite of new products and services targeted at the enterprise market. The first is the general availability of Opscode’s Hosted Chef, adding an industry leading service level agreement and world-class 24/7 support and services to their highly available, dynamically scalable, fully managed and supported automation environment. The second is Opscode’s Private Chef, which bundles all of the benefits of Hosted Chef within an appliance behind the corporate firewall.

Both Hosted and Private Chef are based on Opscode’s popular open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating the cloud. Chef allows IT teams to easily deploy servers and scale applications throughout the entire infrastructure. Through a combination of configuration management and service-oriented architectures, Chef makes it easy to create an elegant, fully-automated infrastructure.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Cloud

In addition to announcing a new suite of products, Opscode continues to expand its partner ecosystem, bringing together leading technology companies, solution providers, distributors and resellers. Dell, OpenStack, Rackspace, Grid Dynamics and DTO Solutions are among the many companies that have joined forces with Opscode to deliver the benefits of cloud infrastructure automation to their customers and channels.

“This announcement fits into Dell’s approach of providing best of breed cloud computing solutions,” said John Igoe, executive director next generation cloud solutions for Dell Inc. “Dell and Opscode are tag-teaming to help customers architect and build open source based IT solutions that are scalable, fully managed and automated specifically for the cloud.

“Opscode has been an active member of the OpenStack community, contributing Chef recipes and expertise to help automate the deployment and management of OpenStack clouds,” said Stephen Spector, community manager, OpenStack. “As a result, the adoption of Chef by OpenStack users and our contributor community has enabled rapid deployment of OpenStack clouds.”

Diverse Customers

More than 4,500 organizations have signed up to use Hosted Chef before general availability. New customers, including Voxel, Cycle Computing, Admeld, GoTime and IGN, have joined the thousands of customers spanning a variety of industries including consumer internet, financial services, life sciences, education, media, gaming, and more.

About Opscode

Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. We help companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment, and save developers and systems engineers time and money.

Our team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world’s largest websites and cloud computing platforms. Opscode is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, USA.

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Barry Steinglass