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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 using shared credentials. It never uses any type of… 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 environments. This means a manager can go in and make… 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 line utility. Now, while we prefer to interact directly… 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 went the AWS route because we are fully cloud-based… 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 provisioned with Chef. The integration is seamless… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also looked at Ansible, Puppet, and SaltStack. They all sort of have managed solutions which you can potentially purchase. Puppet definitely has a sort of old school thought process working… 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 fits right in and it doesn't bloat our infrastructure (or… 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 it. You don't have to worry about the reliability or the… 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 from vendors of third-party customers and things that we… 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, designed to do. While there are corner cases for things… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Puppet, Ansible, and Jenkins. Chef rolled things into one for us with the way that they were running their deployments. It was more of a one stop convenience going with Chef. A lot of the features, plugins, and… more»
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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 infra-cloud platforms. The templates are very… 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 multiple cloud platforms, I can use Chef as a one-stop… 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… 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 perspective, it is okay so far. But maybe when we… 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 satisfactory.

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 environments, it makes sense to go with Chef. But if… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We used SPO Orchestrator. And before Chef there was one proof of concept with Puppet but for some reason, Puppet was not as developer-oriented. Many of our in-house people… 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 we have to follow a specific path. AWS Marketplace gives you a sense of authentic products… 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 servers we can easily deploy in a small amount of time. We can deploy the applications or any… 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 they should consider things like this to make it a ten.

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. It's also more versatile in the way that we can deploy using this tool, not only on Cloud… 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 servers at the same time very easily and almost in no time. It depends on the enterprise need, but… 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 or less run themselves.

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 maintained. Now, we are able to drive all of that through… 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 different product and requires you to acclimate… 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 it never comes up.

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 decided we needed a manageable provisioning system… 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 also plays nicely with existing automation tools… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We considered Chef, Puppet, Ansible, and homegrown solutions. We had a couple people who used to use Ansible and some people who had previously used Chef. I think we just… 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 use, and versatile. The most important thing is it… 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. You can deploy applications or any type of… 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 products. Since AWS has its own checks on AWS Marketplace… 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 needed, they can create their own custom recipe… more»

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… 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 it offers for running in environments has made it a… 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 instance-wise, AWS is not the cheapest in the market. The… 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 for. The product works well with VMware environments… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at a combination of open source and other paid solutions. It was hard because Chef offered many options that others didn't, so it wasn't a one-to-one comparison. Chef had better… more»
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 automate the process, and Chef is one of them.

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 publish our changes on the Chef server. So, it is… 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 haven't really researched it yet, but if they can… 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 platforms, so it will be easier to manage.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We have also used Ansible and Puppet. We have been using Ansible ever since it deployed a Docker containers with Kubernetes. We are also using Kubernetes to help manage our product assistance. We have… more»
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