Chef Accelerates Enterprise Ability to Deliver Effortless Infrastructure and Any App Anywhere

ChefConf 2018 showcases Chef Automate 2.0, new Chef Workstation and significant application and compliance automation enhancements to enable high-velocity post-digital transformation

CHEFCONF 2018 – CHICAGO — MAY 23, 2018 — Chef, the leader in Continuous Automation, today announced the next-generation automation platform, Chef Automate 2.0, that unifies infrastructure and applications work and enables enterprise organizations to rapidly and securely build, deploy and manage any application, legacy or modern, in any environment. Chef also announced availability of the new Chef Workstation, along with significant enhancements to Chef Application Automation (Habitat) and Chef Compliance Automation (InSpec). These new innovations were unveiled at ChefConf 2018, being held in Chicago from May 22-24.

“The race to modernize IT by deploying and managing new and legacy applications in multiple environments is greatly hindered by the complexity of current toolsets, including containers,” said Stephen Elliot, Program Vice President, Management Software and DevOps at IDC. “Solutions that span the application lifecycle and unify the teams currently tasked with owning and optimizing small pieces of the puzzle will enable enterprises to move their modernization initiatives forward, and achieve their business goals, more rapidly.”

A recent survey conducted by Chef of more than 365 DevOps, applications and infrastructure leaders revealed that while most (72 percent) see “time from code to production” and “time from commit to deploy” as the most critical measures of application deployment success, a majority (60 percent) also take days, weeks or months to complete application builds and (56 percent) need the same amount of time to deploy apps into production. The innovations introduced by Chef today are designed to accelerate those processes by enabling IT to deliver immediate, effortless and scalable infrastructure to achieve compliance at velocity and to build, deploy and manage any application in any environment.

“Enterprise software development and delivery is so often gated by the operational concerns of infrastructure – from desktops to servers, storage and networks – applications end up as a second-class citizen,” said Corey Scobie, SVP of Product and Engineering at Chef. “This is insufficient to thrive in a world where the primary interface to customers, and therefore revenue, is the application. The targeted solutions we introduced today enable executives and their organizations to make that critical shift quickly and easily.”

Chef Automate 2.0

Chef Automate has been rebuilt from the ground up to provide performance, scale and advanced analytics required by enterprises using DevOps at scale to meet the demands of post-digital transformation. Chef Automate now provides a single control plane for infrastructure and compliance automation to enable a closed-loop ‘detect, correct, automate’ process to make infrastructure effortless.

New features include:

  • Enhanced operational visibility and debugging – New tools and visualizations, including a streaming event feed, trend graphs and a rich query language, help users analyze infrastructure and compliance automation data from a unified dashboard.
  • Compliance scanning and reporting in any environment – Integration with cloud compliance capabilities of InSpec 2 enhances scanning, which can now be used to evaluate cloud configurations (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) via APIs for compliance on either an ad-hoc or ongoing basis. Chef Automate 2 also supports scanning of Cisco IOS equipment as a significant start on extending modern compliance capabilities to network devices.
  • Re-architected for speed and flexibility – A Go-based microservices architecture, with a modern, performant web UI atop a REST API, enables Automate 2 to support tens of thousands of nodes from a single installation. In-place upgrades with automatic data migration from Chef Automate 1 ensure that customers retain all historical information.

NEW! Chef Workstation

Chef Workstation enables DevOps teams and practitioners to complete ad-hoc DevOps tasks using all of the familiar Chef capabilities, without agents. This provides a simple and effective way to use Chef to complete tasks and then seamlessly scale those tasks through Chef Automate.

Capabilities include:

  • New standard desktop/laptop experience for Chef – Includes a new ‘target mode’ for executing Chef recipes or entire cookbooks remotely and Introduces ‘chef’ command as the single point of entry.
  • Foundation for a better workstation experience – Bundling all the tooling previously included in the ChefDK provides an improved user experience and cohesion between tools to deliver a seamless experience for any infrastructure automation task.

Habitat – Automate Any App Anywhere – Build, Deploy, Manage

Habitat supports an ever-widening array of supported application release scenarios, enabling teams to ‘build, deploy and manage’ any app, anywhere. It is ideally suited to ‘Lift, Shift and Modernize’ initiatives as enterprises seek to find a unified way to ship all of their apps – from monoliths to microservices, bare metal to containers and datacenter to cloud.

A fast-growing number of enterprises, including top US ticket sales site Ticketmaster and Alaska Airlines, recently named the top airline in the US (1), are finding great benefits in using Habitat to deploy applications in any environment.

“We’re very interested in what Habitat can help us with,” said Stephen Nelson-Smith, principal infrastructure developer, Ticketmaster. “From the work we’ve done so far, it allows the iterative migration of mission-critical applications to the cloud by enabling us to build a single, intelligent artifact that moves, unchanged, from development to production whilst wrapping a consistent cloud-native interface around legacy applications. This is giving us a clear path to implement our strategy to containerize and cluster our services.”

“In today’s world, supporting containers and microservices is a necessity,” said Steven Mullinax, director of infrastructure engineering, Alaska Airlines. “Habitat can help get us there with applications that run anywhere.”

New capabilities include:

  • Habitat Builder on-premises – Customers can now take advantage of Habitat’s build once, run anywhere capabilities behind the firewall. This is critical for financial services, government and other highly-regulated environments.
  • Expanded ecosystem integrations – An updated Kubernetes Operator for Habitat, export to Azure Container Service (AKS), Helm chart exporter, Open Service Broker integration and integration with Splunk for operational analytics validate Habitat’s cloud-native, “runs anywhere” approach to modern application delivery.

InSpec – Compliance at Velocity to Accelerate DevSecOps

InSpec is the first step in Chef’s ‘Detect, Correct, Automate’ approach to cloud migration and continuous automation. It helps organizations maintain an up-to-date view of compliance status in production, detect security issues long before they reach production and reduce risk while delivering applications faster.

New capabilities include:

 

  • Cloud configuration compliance – Verify AWS and Microsoft Azure policies, with Google Cloud Platform support in beta. More than 10 new AWS resources bring it to CIS Level 1 benchmark completeness.
  • Improved out-of-the-box experience – More than 30 new resources, including support for Cisco IOS network devices as agentless targets, are built in.
  • Drastically improved performance – Users now see up to 90 percent performance gains on Windows and 30 percent on Linux/Unix.

“Enterprise IT leaders face a variety of challenges regarding the need to modernize applications and infrastructure to maintain competitive advantage and increase user satisfaction as they accelerate post-digital transformation,” said Barry Crist, CEO of Chef. “Chef allows them to build, deploy and manage all applications – legacy or new – much more easily and consistently, in any environment. Our technology is a level-setter, allowing them to match or even exceed the application deployment velocity achieved by even the most innovative and well-resourced hyperscalers in the market today.”

 

About Chef

Chef is the leader in Continuous Automation software, an innovator in cloud native operations and one of the founders of the DevOps movement. Chef works with more than a thousand of the most innovative companies around the world to deliver their vision of digital transformation, providing the practices and platform to deliver software at speed. Chef Automate is Chef’s Continuous Automation Platform which is powered by an awesome community and open source software engines: Chef for infrastructure, Habitat for cloud native operations, and InSpec for compliance. For more visit http://www.chef.io

 

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“The USA’s No. 1 airline is … Alaska Airlines“ – USA Today, March 6, 2018 — https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/03/06/usas-no-1-airline-alaska-airlines/399484002/

 

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