CHEF SUPPORT SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENTS

September 1st, 2017 (view archived version)

Chef will provide support for its Supported Applications as provided below. There are three support options available: Base, Standard and Premium.

  1. SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT – CHEF AUTOMATE:
    1. Chef Base Support. Chef will support the Supported Applications in accordance with the following table for Chef Base Support:
      Severity Support Hours Response Time Submission Method
      1 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      2 Hours Web-based ticketing system
      2 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      24 Hours Web-based ticketing system
      3 No SLA No SLA Web-based ticketing system
      4 No SLA No SLA Web-based ticketing system
    2. Chef Standard Support. Chef will support the Supported Applications in accordance with the following table for Chef Standard Support:
      Severity Support Hours Response Time Submission Method

      1

      6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      60 Minutes Web-based ticketing system

      2

      6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      3 Hours Web-based ticketing system

      3

      6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      24 Hours Web-based ticketing system or email

      4

      No SLA No SLA Web-based ticketing system or email
    3. Chef Premium Support. Chef will support the Supported Applications in accordance with the following table for Chef Premium Support. Additionally, if Chef believes an on-site visit is best to support a Severity 1 issue, Chef may offer to send someone onsite to provide support in person. For any such on-site support, Chef will work with Customer to complete any pre-qualifications necessary for our Chef resources to be able to come onsite expediently. Severity 1 follow up may include phone, video conferencing, and on-site support as needed.
      Severity Support Hours Response Time Submission Method

      1

      24×7
      Every Day
      30 Minutes Web-based ticketing system[3]
      2 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      1 Hour Web-based ticketing system
      3 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      3 Hours Web-based ticketing system or email
      4 No SLA No SLA Web-based ticketing system or email
  2. SUBMISSION NOTES/REQUIREMENTS:
    1. The web interface at https://chef.io/support/tickets is the method for submitting tickets to the Chef support team. From this interface, Customers may submit any severity level ticket, as well as view previously submitted tickets.
    2. Customer must have hardware sufficient to meet the minimum requirements of the Supported Applications. Customer operating systems must not be EOL (End of Life) or in extended lifecycle phase.
    3. Service requesters must have knowledge about the technical details associated with the service request, knowledge of the applicable operating system and configuration of the environment.
    4. Chef will classify all tickets as Severity 3 by default.
  3. DEFINITIONS:

    1. “Deprecated” means Chef Applications that are supported by Chef but for which a newer version or alternative Chef Applications are available and recommended for Chef customer use. Chef no longer provides scheduled releases for Deprecated Software but may produce ad hoc Updates in response to customer issues and/or security vulnerabilities at the sole discretion of Chef. Deprecated Software is targeted for End of Life but a timeline has not yet been announced for End of Life.
    2. “End of Life” means Chef Applications that, as of a date set and announced by Chef at https://docs.chef.io/platforms.html#supported-versions, will no longer be supported by Chef. At conclusion of the End of Life notification period, the Chef Software will no longer be available for download by Chef customers.
    3. “Generally Available” means Supported Applications that are released and supported for use by Chef customers as provided in this Support Service Level Agreement.
    4. “Release” means incremental revisions to the Supported Applications and made available in the “current” and/or “stable” channel published to https://downloads.chef.io/. Current releases are produced more frequently, and are not recommended for use in production environments. Releases available in the stable channel have corresponding release notes and are recommended for production use.
    5. “Severity”: means the following for all levels of support and Supported Applications:
      1. Severity 1: Whole System outage of a production server product. Complete inability to service client requests
      2. Severity 2: Chef operations can continue in a restricted fashion, although long-term productivity might be adversely affected.
        1. Severe degradation of server product services (e.g. one server in an HA cluster down, bulk of client runs failing, etc.).
        2. Workflow tools failing (e.g. inability to push any cookbook changes over multiple cookbooks, etc.)
        3. Core Chef API service functionality is available however other services are limited or inaccessible
      3. Severity 3: Partial, non-critical loss of Chef functionality. Impaired operations of some components, but allows the user to continue using Chef Supported Applications. Not all Severity 3 problems will require a workaround. Chef may, in its reasonable discretion, respond to a Severity 3 problem by making the Error a feature request and downgrade the severity.
        1. Chef API service functionality is available but there is a minor degradation in service.
        2. Any other Chef server product, client, or workflow tool malfunction (e.g. one Chef client out of several failing repeatedly).
      4. Severity 4: General usage questions or product feature requests. Product feature requests will be tracked in order to provide updates to customers, but do not have a response SLA associated with them.
        1. Errors in the documentation.
        2. Assistance for server, client, or workflow tool or other feature installation.
        3. Assistance with non Chef-produced cookbooks and Chef-related software.
        4. Feature requests.
    6. “Supported Applications” means the platforms and supported versions listed at https://docs.chef.io/platforms.html#supported-versions This page also reflects the lifecycle status of each Supported Application as Generally Available, Deprecated, or End of Life.
    7. “Update” means updates, enhancements, bug fixes, patches, and other error corrections that Chef makes generally available free of charge to all customers then entitled to Support Services described herein. Chef may or may not continue to develop new Updates for the Supported Applications. Please see https://docs.chef.io/platforms.html#supported-versions for more details.
    8. “Version” means a Major Version in the following format: Major Version.Minor Version.Patch Level
  4. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS:
    1. Changes/Derivatives. Chef reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to limit or refuse to support and maintain derivatives made by a customer; such derivatives may impact Chef’s ability to perform support.
    2. Limitations. Chef will support each Major Version of the Supported Applications for a minimum of twenty-four (24) months from date it is Generally Available. Chef will not be responsible for: (a) correcting any errors not reproducible by Chef on the unmodified Supported Application(s) or errors not caused by Chef or the Supported Application: (b) customer’s failure to implement all Updates and Upgrades provided by Chef; (c) changes to the operating system or environment which adversely affect the Supported Application(s); or (d) accident, negligence, or misuse of the Software.
    3. Updates. Chef may develop and provide Updates in its sole discretion. Chef has no obligation to develop any Updates at all or for particular issues. Further Chef may provide some or all Updates via download from a website designated by Chef. Chef has no obligation to provide Updates via any other media. Support services do not include any new Version or new Release of the Software that Chef may issue as a separate or new product, and Chef may determine whether any issuance qualifies as a new Version, new Release, or Update in its sole discretion. In some cases, customer will be required to upgrade to the latest Release of Chef Software to receive the fix for an issue or defect.
    4. End of Life: Chef reserves its right, in its sole discretion, to designate any of the Supported Applications as End of Life. As a condition of moving the lifecycle status of a Supported Application to End of Life, Chef will make available or continue to provide an alternate application with comparable functionality; or, if Chef decides to discontinue a Supported Application entirely, Chef will provide at least six (6) months’ prior written notice to Customer to allow Customer to upgrade or migrate to other available solutions.
  5. ESCALATION PROCEDURES: At Chef we pride ourselves on delivering world-class support to our customers. When a ticket is submitted to our support staff, our highly skilled and trained Chef experts will work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. If for some reason you are not satisfied with your support experience or do not think we are meeting the SLA criteria above, please escalate your concern to supportmanagement@chef.io.

CHEF HOSTED CHEF SUPPORT SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT

The purpose of this document is to outline the support included in your Hosted Chef software subscription. Chef will provide support for Hosted Chef as provided below. There are three support options available: Base, Standard and Premium.

  1. SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT – HOSTED CHEF:
    1. Chef Hosted Chef Support. Chef will support Hosted Chef in accordance with the following table for Chef Standard Support:
      Severity Support Hours Response Time Submission Method
      1 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      60 Minutes Web-based ticketing system
      2 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      3 Hours Web-based ticketing system
      3 6 am – 6 pm Pacific Time
      Monday – Friday
      24 Hours Web-based ticketing system or email
      4 No SLA No SLA Web-based ticketing system or email
    2. Service Availability.
      1. Chef makes the Hosted Chef service available 99.9% of the time in a given billing cycle (“Service Level Objective”). If Chef fails to meet this level, affected Customers will be eligible to receive a credit to their account. Credit will be granted according to Section 3 below. In order to receive any of the Service Credits referred to above, Customer must notify Chef in writing within thirty days from the date of the billing notification for the month in question. Failure to comply with this requirement will forfeit Customer’s right to receive a Service Credit.
      2. Chef considers Hosted Chef available when the execution of the chef-client command is successful, as reasonably determined by Chef. In the event of any customer support issue, if analysis determines that Chef is the cause of a customer’s issue it will be counted against the Service Level Objective of 99.9% monthly system.
    3. Hosted Chef Service Availability Service Credits.
      Monthly System Availability Monthly Service Credit Provided
      < 99.1% – 99.9%
      < 99.0% – 95.1%
      < 95%
      10%
      15%
      50%
  2. SUBMISSION NOTES/REQUIREMENTS::
    1. The web interface at https://chef.io/support/tickets is the method for submitting tickets to the Chef support team. From this interface, Customers may submit any severity level ticket, as well as view previously submitted tickets.
    2. Customer must have hardware sufficient to meet the minimum requirements of Hosted Chef. Customer operating systems must not be EOL (End of Life) or in extended lifecycle phase.
    3. Service requesters must have knowledge about the technical details associated with the service request, knowledge of the applicable operating system and configuration of the environment.
    4. Chef will classify all tickets as Severity 3 by default.
  3. DEFINITIONS::
    1. “Severity”: means the following:
      1. Severity 1: Whole System outage of a production server product. Complete inability to service client requests
      2. Severity 2: Chef operations can continue in a restricted fashion, although long-term productivity might be adversely affected.
        1. Severe degradation of server product services (e.g. one server in an HA cluster down, bulk of client runs failing, etc.).
      3. Severity 3: Partial, non-critical loss of Chef functionality. Impaired operations of some components, but allows the user to continue using Chef Supported Applications. Not all Severity 3 problems will require a workaround. Chef may, in its reasonable discretion, respond to a Severity 3 problem by making the Error a feature request and downgrade the severity.
        1. Chef API service functionality is available but there is a minor degradation in service.
        2. Any other Chef server product, client, or workflow tool malfunction (e.g. one Chef client out of several failing repeatedly).
      4. Severity 4: General usage questions or product feature requests. Product feature requests will be tracked in order to provide updates to customers, but do not have a response SLA associated with them.
        1. Errors in the documentation.
        2. Assistance for server, client, or workflow tool or other feature installation.
        3. Assistance with non Chef-produced cookbooks and Chef-related software.
        4. Feature requests.
    2. “Update” means updates, enhancements, bug fixes, patches, and other error corrections that Chef makes generally available free of charge to all customers then entitled to Support Services described herein. Chef may or may not continue to develop new Updates for Hosted Chef.
    3. Version” means a Major Version in the following format: Major Version.Minor Version.Patch Level
  4. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS::
    1. Changes/Derivatives. Chef reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to limit or refuse to support and maintain derivatives made by a customer; such derivatives may impact Chef’s ability to perform support.
    2. Limitations. Chef will support each Major Version of Hosted Chef for a minimum of twenty-four (24) months from date it is Generally Available. Chef will not be responsible for: (a) correcting any errors not reproducible by Chef or errors not caused by Chef or Hosted Chef: (b) customer’s failure to implement all Updates and Upgrades provided by Chef; (c) changes to the operating system or environment which adversely affect Hosted Chef; or (d) accident, negligence, or misuse of the Hosted Chef Software.
    3. Updates. Chef may develop and provide Updates in its sole discretion. Chef has no obligation to develop any Updates at all or for particular issues. Further Chef may provide some or all Updates via download from a website designated by Chef. Chef has no obligation to provide Updates via any other media. Support services do not include any new Version or new Release of the Software that Chef may issue as a separate or new product, and Chef may determine whether any issuance qualifies as a new Version, new Release, or Update in its sole discretion. In some cases, customer will be required to upgrade to the latest Release of Chef Software to receive the fix for an issue or defect.
    4. End of Life: Chef reserves its right to, in its sole discretion, to designate Hosted Chef or any of its applications as End of Life. As a condition of moving the lifecycle status to End of Life, Chef will make available or continue to provide an alternate application with comparable functionality; or, if Chef decides to discontinue Hosted Chef entirely, Chef will provide at least six (6) months’ prior written notice to Customer to allow Customer to upgrade or migrate to other available solutions.
  5. ESCALATION PROCEDURES:At Chef we pride ourselves on delivering world-class support to our customers. When a ticket is submitted to our support staff, our highly skilled and trained Chef experts will work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. If for some reason you are not satisfied with your support experience or do not think we are meeting the SLA criteria above, please escalate your concern to supportmanagement@chef.io.