Chef, along with its arch-rival Puppet, is a company that is hell-bent on automating modern IT. The idea of these companies is that in an increasingly complex environment, organizations, and their IT departments, are looking for tools that make infrastructure deployment easy. The way these companies work is by allowing organizations to create templates to specify how their infrastructure should look for different use-cases. Thereafter, these templates can readily be implemented and managed without having to create a fresh build for every single server.
Chef is today holding its annual European sojourn in London and since Chef is a decidedly international player, it is important for it to have enough announcements to convince its Euro customers that their focus extends beyond the west coast of the U.S. To this end, Chef has a couple of small, but important, announcements coming out this week.