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Chef is #9 ranked solution in top Build Automation tools, #9 ranked solution in top Release Automation tools, and #16 ranked solution in top Configuration Management tools. PeerSpot users give Chef an average rating of 7.0 out of 10. Chef is most commonly compared to Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager: Chef vs Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. Chef is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 70% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 23% of all views.
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What is Chef?

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 and follow @chef.

Chef Customers

Facebook, Standard Bank, GE Capital, Nordstrom, Optum, Barclays, IGN, General Motors, Scholastic, Riot Games, NCR, Gap

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Murat Gultekin - PeerSpot reviewer
Presales Consultant - Solution Architect at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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Easy to install configuration management and automation tool with a good compliance feature
Pros and Cons
  • "Stable and scalable configuration management and automation tool. Installing it is easy. Its most valuable feature is its compliance, e.g. it's very good."
  • "Support and pricing for Chef could be improved."

What is our primary use case?

Chef is mostly for the operating systems to deploy or style, e.g. not containers. Before the containers, you need hardware, then an operating system, then you start to work on Kubernetes. To automate those steps, we use Chef.

The tool is useful for provisioning the operating system, because as you talk about the ops, sometimes customers ask to further deploy everything through automation, e.g. starting from scratch. You need to use different tools for you to provision via automation, so you need Chef. We use an automation tool such as Chef, then we were able to run Docker or containers on top of the hardware and operating system.

What is most valuable?

The features are good in Chef, especially its compliance feature. It's very good and it's what I found most valuable in the tool.

What needs improvement?

Support and pricing for Chef could be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been dealing with and providing Chef to our customers for three years.

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What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I'm satisfied with the stability of Chef. I'm satisfied with its performance, but it's the same with some of its competitors, e.g. there are alternatives. Ansible from Red Hat is also a good tool. We are also using it. The tool we use depends on the use case and the customer, e.g. we can use different tools.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Chef is a scalable tool.

How are customer service and support?

Support for Chef could be better. It needs improvement.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for Chef was easy. The tool is easily installed. Installation could take a few hours. It's the implementation of the tool that takes time, because if you need to scale up, you need to integrate it with other products, and that can take time.

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

Pricing for Chef can be relatively high for some customers but, if we consider the benefits it provides, we can say that it is a reasonable price. . Customers need to pay for the license of the tool on a yearly basis.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We were able to evaluate Terraform and Ansible.

What other advice do I have?

For automation and configuration management, we are using several tools: Terraform, Chef, and Ansible for provisioning. We are using those products, and they are good. They are not for container management, but for provisioning and deploying applications, software, and hardware. We are also using them for automation.

Chef is a configuration management tool.

I can recommend Chef to others who want to start using it. I can also recommend other products, e.g. Ansible, but most of the tools which are competitors of Chef and have the same functions are also good.

I'm giving Chef a rating of seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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