Chef is riding an important wave in enterprise IT. A wave that sees organizations move away from thinking about physical servers as items to be primped and preened and rather toward a Google-like model where servers are simply a unit of measure, to be used, abused and discarded once no longer needed. This theme of “infrastructure as code” is an important part of enabling a far more agile model of IT.

Chef isn’t alone in this space. Archrival Puppet is a company with a similar vintage, a similar story and a similar target audience. Ansible, a younger company in the same space, was acquired by Red Hat last year, and while Docker and Kubernetes may have stolen some thunder in terms of early-adopter excitement and attention, it’s fair to say that moving to automation on a server level is still a key concern for many CIOs and CTOs.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.