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AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to model and provision AWS and third party application resources in your cloud environment. AWS CloudFormation allows you to use programming languages or a simple text file to model and provision, in an automated and secure manner, all the resources needed for your applications across all regions and accounts. This gives you a single source of truth for your AWS and third party resources.
Chef, is the leader in DevOps, driving collaboration through code to automate infrastructure, security, compliance and applications. Chef provides a single path to production making it faster and safer to add value to applications and meet the demands of the customer. Deployed broadly in production by the Global 5000 and used by more than half of the Fortune 500, Chef develops 100 percent of its software as open source under the Apache 2.0 license with no restrictions on its use. Chef Enterprise Automation Stack™, a commercial distribution, is developed solely from that open source code and unifies security, compliance, infrastructure and application automation with observability. Chef provides an unequaled developer experience for the Coded Enterprise by enabling users to express infrastructure, security policies and the application lifecycle as code, modernizing development, packaging and delivery of any application to any platform. For more information, visit http://chef.io and follow @chef.
AWS CloudFormation is ranked 12th in Configuration Management with 4 reviews while Chef is ranked 15th in Configuration Management. AWS CloudFormation is rated 7.2, while Chef is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of AWS CloudFormation writes "Templates help to get started quickly and the technical support is nice, but the interface is not intuitive". On the other hand, AWS CloudFormation is most compared with Ansible, AWS OpsWorks, Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, SaltStack and CFEngine Enterprise, whereas Chef is most compared with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, Ansible, Jenkins, BigFix and SaltStack.
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