Chef Review

Great for configuration management and integration, especially in AWS


What is our primary use case?

We use it for training.

How has it helped my organization?

All the Chef enthusiasts who come to us to learn and train, improve their skillsets to get jobs. It's a really easy product in AWS. It's easy to teach and easy to understand.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the language that it uses: Ruby.

Regarding integration and configuration of the product, they're pretty manageable. The layers are really easy to configure.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more security features for Chef and more automation.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's working great. It's stable. We try to produce real-world scenarios with the students as much as possible.

How was the initial setup?

 It's a really easy product in AWS. It's easy to teach and easy to understand.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Puppet and Ansible. We went with Chef because Chef uses Ruby and Ruby is pretty popular right now.

What other advice do I have?

Compare it to the other services that you use.

Everything can always be improved. If you have a specific need in configuration management and integration, Chef is a great product, especially with AWS.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner.
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