Chef Review

It is simple, easy to use, and versatile

What is our primary use case?

It is for orchestrating our servers and deployments to do integrations.

How has it helped my organization?

Deployment has become quick and orchestration is now easy. If you have thousand of servers, you can easily deploy them in a minimum amount of time. You can deploy applications or any type of announcements in a reduced amount of time.

What is most valuable?

Writing recipes, which is great. Any business can write a recipe based on their deployment. We do not have to follow a path.

It is simple, easy to use, and versatile. The most important thing is it can handle a 100,000 servers at the same time easily with no time constraints.

What needs improvement?

Since we are heading to IoT, this product should consider anything related to this.

For how long have I used the solution?

Three to five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product is quite stable. We hardly experience any surprises. Its deployment is very smooth.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have many applications and each is having its own cluster of the service. We have more than a 100 servers and a couple of clusters. That is a big environment.

How is customer service and technical support?

If we need help, we raise an AWS ticket. Then, the AWS support helps us with the technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The integration and configuration of this product in our AWS environment was simple.

What was our ROI?

We are saving a lot our delivery time and on te amount of the time that we deploy. We used to make changes during the deployment. So, the amount of time invested there is less, which in turn, we can invest in some other work. Therefore, our ROI is quick, though it does depend on the size of your service.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was a good place to go to purchase this product because you receive a sense of authenticity with the products. Since AWS has its own checks on AWS Marketplace products, there is sense of relief that the product will not be problematic.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other product like Puppet. We are also using Ansible. However, Chef is the market leader, so we went with that.

Chef is more effective. It provides the hooks, so we can do customization. The product is more versatile. For example, we can deploy using this tool, not only with cloud, but simultaneously on-premise. So, it is quite powerful.

What other advice do I have?

If someone would like to go for a heavy cluster, this is a product they can trust for deployment, since it is smooth. Even though customization is needed, they can create their own custom recipe, which in other products, I would say is partially there and also depends on the different type of applications. 

We had the solution on on-premise for a year, but now it is completely on AWS Cloud. AWS Cloud is easier to use. We can change the solution by refitting the architecture solution now because it is easy.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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