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Wil Whitlark
Real User
Lead DevOps Engineer at General Assembly
Dec 05 2018

What is most valuable?

One advantage Chef has over Ansible is your operations can be entirely headless, meaning that they can interact directly with the Chef database… more»

How has it helped my organization?

One thing that we've been able to do is a tiered permission model, allowing developers and their managers to perform their own operations in lower… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the biggest things that I miss is in Chef 11 and earlier, organizations were able to be managed directly through the Chef control command… more»

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

When we're rolling out a new server, we're not using the AWS Marketplace AMI, we're using our own AMI, but we are paying them a licensing fee. We… more»

What other advice do I have?

At the top level, it is integrated with Terraform, which is delivering whole entities and groups of nodes. Then, those nodes are individually being… more»
Mike Silva
Real User
Senior Operations Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jan 08 2019

What is most valuable?

Its versatility is the most valuable feature. It's not necessarily the end all or be all solution for configuration management, deployment, etc. However, for what we use it for, it… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It streamlined our deployments and system configurations across the board rather than have us use multiple configurations or tools, basically a one stop shop. You set it and forget… more»

What needs improvement?

The compatibility with the different platforms that we are using needs improvement. We are mainly a Linux shop, but for a lot of ancillary Windows services that we were bringing in… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure when you are tooling that what you are trying to create is functional within the product. Don't try and make it do something that it's not technically, nor architecturally… more»
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Anonymous User
Real User
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… more»

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… 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… more»

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

There are some flexible pricing models which you get from multiple partners, and then we bundle our solution. From that… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I mostly wrote scripts, predominantly with Python and some others. Compared them, Chef has definitely been more… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you're looking for an environment where there is an ROI business case, or looking into or orchestrating multiple… more»
Ijaz Hussain
Real User
Manager at ZS Associates
Dec 31 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features for us would be the writing of the recipes. Any business can write the recipe based on their deployment, it's not like… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved my organization in the way that deployment has become very quick and orchestration is easy. If we have thousands of… more»

What needs improvement?

I would rate this solution a nine because our use case and whatever we need is there. Ten out of ten is perfect. We have to go to IOD and stuff so… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

The reason that we chose this solution is because it's more effective and it gives us the ability to do the customization that we would like to do… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a nine because it's simple, easy to use, more versatile, and most importantly, it can handle the hundred thousand… more»
Timothy Rogers
Real User
Engineer II at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
Dec 26 2018

What is most valuable?

It has been very easy to tie it into our build and deploy automation for production release work, etc. All the Chef pieces… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has given us more resiliency in all the stuff we now manage with Chef, which was previously sort of manually… more»

What needs improvement?

There is a slight barrier to entry if you are used to using Ansible, since it is Ruby-based. However, it is just a… more»

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

I wasn't involved in the purchasing, but I am pretty sure that we are happy with the current pricing and licensing since… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

Our environments used to be on-premise, then we were moving them into the cloud. Since they were big and complicated, we… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Chef. It is very user-friendly. There are a lot of community resources which make it easy to onboard. It… more»
Amit Chaudhary
Real User
Primary Architect at Autodesk, Inc.
Dec 30 2018

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… more»

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… more»

What needs improvement?

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

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… more»

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… more»
Stefan Nava
Real User
Director at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Dec 19 2018

What is most valuable?

Its most valuable feature is automation.

How has it helped my organization?

When you are running a large cluster with hybrid applications, it can be very instrumental in making sure that they are running in sync. The tools… more»

What needs improvement?

Third-party innovations need improvement, and I would like to see more integration with other platforms.

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

Purchasing the solution from AWS Marketplace was a good experience. AWS's pricing is pretty in line with the product's regular pricing. Though… more»

What other advice do I have?

It works well. I would highly recommend it. It is a well thought out product which integrates well with what developers and customers are looking… more»
Anonymous User
Real User
DevOps Director at a tech vendor with 501-1,000 employees
Dec 23 2018

What is most valuable?

Automation is everything. Having so many servers in production, many of our processes won't work nor scale. So, we look for tools to help us… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It is easy to manage on our production systems because there is an agent running on all the servers. When we want to make a change, we just make or… more»

What needs improvement?

Right now, we are moving towards a container department with Docker and Kubernetes, so I'm not sure if Chef has features to support containers. I… more»

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

We are using the free, open source version of the software, which we are happy with at this time.

What other advice do I have?

Chef is a great tool to use. Try to automate your whole department process with Chef, if possible. Also, try to use the same tool across different… more»
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