About Chef

Chef automates your infrastructure by defining it as code, allowing you to quickly provision, manage, scale and adapt your infrastructure. The infrastructure code can be treated in the same way as your application code, becoming versionable, human-readable, reusable and testable. Chef can be used to manage servers in the cloud, on-premises or in a hybrid environment. You can choose to use the hosted Chef server or host it yourself. The Chef Automate platform provides additional compliance, workflow and visibility features along with 24/7 support.

Infrastructure as Code

  • Irrespective of the number of servers in your enterprise, Chef is an Open Source software agent that automates your infrastructure by turning it into code
  • This implements a core practice of DevOps – ‘Infrastructure as Code’. This allows the infrastructure to become dynamic, versionable, human-readable and testable, simplifying and automating provisioning, managing and adapting your infrastructure in response to ever-changing needs


  • In an enterprise environment, there are always compliance and security aspects which needs to be addressed continually
  • Write your own custom compliance rules in InSpec or get started quickly by using built-in profiles – predefined rule sets for a variety of security frameworks


  • Continuous Delivery is a core principle of DevOps – something which Chef Workflow helps achieve. Workflow provides a continuous deployment pipeline for infrastructure and applications
  • Its full-stack approach – where infrastructure changes are delivered in tandem with application changes – means safe deployment at high velocity. This incorporates the best practices of Continuous Delivery for both infrastructure and application-specific changes


  • Dashboards play an important role to provide insights into the system. Gain insight into operational, compliance and workflow events.
  • A query language – available through the user interface and customisable dashboards – gives you easy insight into your network and development processes


  • Automation is the heart of the modern software supply chain. Chef Automate is the one platform that brings end-to-end visibility, compliance and a unified workflow to your organisation’s infrastructure and application pipelines
  • Chef Automate is essentially a bundle of several existing products – Chef, Workflow, Compliance and Habitat – with integration of their status feeds in order to power a new dashboard


Other tools that work with Chef

Latest news about Chef

13 June 2017

ChefConf 2017 marks launch of new updates

The annual ChefConf was held in Austin, USA from 22-24 May and, along with fantastic tech presentations, keynotes and workshops, Chef announced a slew of new updates including the following…

The Chef Automate package, built on the company’s widely used open source, self-named IT automation software, now includes capabilities for security and compliance checking, as well as the ability to further automate the process of assembling and updating container-based applications. Read more

26 September 2016

“Shift Left” Security and Compliance Automation with InSpec and Chef

Velocity needs control to be successful. As DevOps delivers high-velocity, high-performing digital transformation for business, there is increased focus on the need for security and compliance capabilities to match. Balancing these two seemingly contradictory demands – velocity and control – is difficult. We’re excited that our launch of InSpec 1.0, and its integration with Chef Automate, can help deliver compliance at velocity for your app delivery pipelines. Read more

14 September 2016

DevOps Leaders Announce DevOps Express, an Industry Initiative to Streamline DevOps Adoption

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--JENKINS WORLD – Fourteen DevOps technology leaders have announced DevOps Express, an initiative to streamline the way enterprises transform their software development and delivery environments to DevOps. The 14 members of DevOps Express include vendors spanning multiple solution categories in the software delivery process, as well as services organizations providing consulting, training and professional services. Read more

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