Chef Named a Leader in Configuration Management Software Evaluation

Chef product portfolio offers enterprises continuous automation across traditional and cloud native architectures

Seattle, WA – October 11, 2017 – Chef announced  today that Forrester Research has positioned its key products, Chef and Chef Automate, in the Leaders category in “The Forrester Wave™: Configuration Management Software For Infrastructure Automation, Q4 2017.” Chef helps enterprises build, deploy, and manage apps and infrastructure faster and more efficiently, while maintaining compliance. Its Continuous Automation platform, Chef Automate, provides businesses the capabilities and scale needed for infrastructure, compliance, and application automation.

“The strengths of open source Chef include the breadth of system support as well as community engagement,” write authors Chris Gardner and Robert Stroud in the report, which gave Chef  the highest score possible of 5 in the community support criterion. “[Chef] Automate excels at deployment support, monitoring and governance, and community support.”

The Chef community has 70,000+ active contributors that have made 3,000+ cookbooks, or configuration and policy guidelines for specific actions in Chef, InSpec and Habitat. In Q3 2017 alone, the community released 598 cookbook updates. GE Digital, Rakuten and NCR have all cited the Chef community as essential to their projects’ success.

Chef Automate earned high scores in the Deployment, and Monitoring and Governance criteria. Chef Automate gives teams the ability to detect, correct and automate all dimensions of software development. Teams can use InSpec to test for compliance against regulatory standards and best practices across server fleets, deploy corrections and fixes with Chef, and then fully automate lessons learned. Developers can use Habitat to build, deploy and manage applications in any environment – from traditional to cloud-native architectures.

“We’re delighted to be recognized as a Leader in this research which validates for us what our customers tell us about how crucial Chef Automate is as part of their continuous automation efforts. Enterprises are also shifting to cloud-native and container-first strategies, while juggling significant investments in existing on premises datacenters comprised of VMs and bare metal.” said Marc Holmes, vice president of marketing for Chef. “Our investments in Chef, InSpec, and Habitat address these issues holistically, enabling consistent build, deploy, and manage processes across any portfolio and mode: from cloud to on-premises, bare metal to containers, and infrastructure-centric to application-centric development and operations.”

Chef’s placement as a Leader in the configuration management software Wave follows its position as a Strong Performer in “The Forrester Wave™: Continuous Delivery And Release Automation,” on August 30, 2017. Chef received some of its highest marks in the strategy category around product, market approach and delivery model.

“Chef Software demonstrated excellent capabilities for assuring that configurations are implemented and maintained according to prescribed models, ensuring compliance,” stated Robert Stroud and Chris Gardner in the Q3 2017 Wave report.

Chef Automate is available as a standalone package installation and pre-installed on popular cloud provider marketplaces such as the AWS Marketplace and Azure Marketplace. OpsWorks for Chef Automate is a fully managed service of Chef Automate on AWS.

Download a free copy of the Forrester Wave™ report on Configuration Management here.

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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

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