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Head of Tools and Automation for Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 05 2018

What is most valuable?

The best are some of the default, out-of-the-box capabilities that are available. Plug-ins with multiple vendors and other infra-cloud platforms. The templates are very easy to use. Ease of use, overall, is an advantage of Chef.

How has it helped my organization?

I wanted to monitor a hybrid cloud environment, one using AWS and Azure. If I have to provision/orchestrate between multiple cloud platforms, I can use Chef as a one-stop solution, to broker between those cloud platforms and orchestrate... more»

What needs improvement?

The time that it takes in terms of integration. Cloud integration is comparatively easy, but when it comes to two-link based integrations - like trying to integrate it with any monitoring tools, or maybe some other ticketing tools - it takes... more»
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Senior DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jul 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Configuration management is the most useful feature and is used by everyone. Provisioning is also an important feature. Since Chef collects a lot of inventory using Ohai, the inventory can also be used to integrate with third-party tools.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Manual deployments came to a halt completely. Server provisioning became lightning fast. Chef-docker enabled us to have fewer sets of source code for different purposes. Configuration management was a breeze and all the servers were as good... more»

What needs improvement?

In my presentation to SAP engineering, Ansible was chosen over Chef by all the admins for one reason: simplicity. If only Chef were easier to use and code, it would be used much more widely by the community.

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