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Chef Enterprise Automation Stack Reviews

About Chef Enterprise Automation Stack

DevOps platform that automates infrastructure deployment via built-in validations, configuration testing, server data storage, etc.

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Pros:

Chef is a powerful platform which, once setup, permits to achieve a big efficiency on installation and configuration of complex middleware and software components, as well on deploying artefacts.

Cons:

The architecture of chef server, chef client and chef nodes is difficult to understand for beginners ,Also it have lot of authentication access formalties for setup.

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack ratings

Average score

Ease of Use
3.7
Customer Service
3.9
Features
4.3
Value for Money
4.0

Likelihood to recommend

8/10

Chef Enterprise Automation Stack has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on 36 user reviews on Capterra.

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Vandana
Vandana
Business Analyst in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Management Consulting, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Chef - A DevOps Tool to manage your all configuration.

5.0 6 years ago

Comments: We manage the application and services so efficiently with it. The chef-solo also helps in learning and implementing the things. On production we use client/server mode to make it more productive. The elastic search indexing help the client node to handle the query in more efficient manner.

Pros:

Chef is a powerful configuration management tool that manages and helps in automating the infrastructure with the advance software methodology . It helps in managing the timeline for release. Chef also provide the template infrastructure to configure the module according to the enterprise and DevOps standard. It really helps in deploying the project with the automation. It is written in Ruby and Erlang which run so efficiently on servers without using the must resources. The DevOps methodology helps in making a streamline for configuration and maintenance.

Cons:

Implementation of Chef and opting the DevOps methodology is one of the complex part of it. Master Node can be only configurable in Linux\Unix platform. Learning curves are sharp but the brief documentation help and never let you stuck in any step.

Gurleen
Gurleen
Software Engineer in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Services, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Chef - The Configuration Mangement with power of DevOps

4.0 6 years ago

Comments: Chef is helping us to configure the build and deploy for the different server at the same time. Chef help us to implement the true DevOps environment for the development and product delivery.

Pros:

Chef is the configuration management tool. It helps in automation build, deploys and manages the CI pipeline and also provides the collaboration and makes clean and easy way for release. The Open Source code make it transparent and easy to debug and customize it. Chef is the best tool to pick form the CM DevOps option as it has the most features that need a CI pipeline need it at the time of development and delivery. Chef is highly scalable with high availability as backup master node is also there.

Cons:

Implementation is the most complex part. There should be wizards for the same to make it simple and easy. Master Node can be configured on linux only, So it makes it compulsory to know LINUX while setup of master node. ChefBook is not as easy as yaml scripting language.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Services, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Good config management tool

3.0 last year

Pros:

The agent can be modified to use a specific port which could be an advantage for networks that require common ports like SSH and WinRM to be closed.

Cons:

The agent requires more overhead to make sure the updates reach the destination in a large segmented network.

Nidhi
Nidhi
Co-Founder & CTO in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Games, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

A tool for automation of complete infrastructure.

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: Chef is one of the best and simplest tool for configuration management and automation for code infrastructures. Chef made the deployment of 500+ hybrid environment of different projects which makes it simple with the help of automation.

Pros:

Chef is a complete automation tool which help us to build the efficient infrastructure of code. It also helps to simplify the configuration management, monitoring and deployment. The build in templates for cloud and on-premises help to setup the configuration. Integration with different cloud and OS make it dynamic to flexible. Chef is one of the best and easiest tool for configuration management. The event feed provide the one stop notification for our all configurations. The customized compliance help to generate the reports for audits.

Cons:

Chef needs to provide the simple wizards to setup the master & client nodes for different environment. Documentation search engine should be more enhanced. Chef should also come with the PUSH configuration as it is always recommended in such case when our infrastructure is scaling to frequently.

Sanchita
Sanchita
Software Engineer in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Telecommunications, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Chef - A robust configuration management DevOps tool

5.0 6 years ago

Comments: We are using it in our production and Unit Test environment. The automation provide by the DevOps tool is really excellent. We have jump into the Chef Enterprise edition as it really helping us from so many years.

Pros:

Chef is the one of the robust configuration management tool compared to the current market option. Chef is the DevOps engineers first choice as it is having a large community in the current dedicated market place. Highly scalability feature of the tool make it operation engineer first choice as it make possible to deploy the system with zero outage with the help of docker. Open source code provide the great transparency in the tool. Chef play a vital role in the DevOps software lifecycle as it manage the configuration and help to provide the automatic lifecycle.

Cons:

Installation process is bit tricky, specially at the time of configuring master server for it. Master server can be setup on Linux/Unix machine. Chef need code based knowledge for scripting the tool which make it little complex. Documentation is also very large it must come with and fast guide.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Biotechnology, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Stands the test of time

4.0 6 years ago

Pros:

We've been using Chef in production for 7 years now. As other technologies have entered into the scene, Chef has continued to evolve and keep up with the latest trends. It remains a solid choice for configuration management and infrastructure deployment, whether on virtual machines, or containers.

Cons:

Templating language can be a bit hard to learn especially for those not already familiar with the Ruby programming language.

Abhinav
Abhinav
Sr Software Integrator in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Chef - The Configuration Magement Tool

4.0 6 years ago

Comments: Chef is configuration management tool which is helping in automation of deployment process by which we doing the same task with less amount of time with zero errors as its completely follow automatic process.

Pros:

Chef is the one of the highly popular tool for configuration management tool for DevOps practice. Deploying of 100s severs with a automation process with zero human error can be possible by chef. Many MNCs and other organization are jumping to devOps with help of Chef. Its highy scalable with high availability of it as its having the provision of backup master agent server. Its design to deploy, configure and manage servers. Source Code is also available of GIT as its open source software tool.

Cons:

Chef Master server can be configured to linux or unix, but client can be on wimdows also. Setup process is also lengthy then tool named Ansible. As it have to install for both master and client server to make it work.

Darshan
Darshan
Linux and Virtualization specialist. in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Automate your deployment using Chef

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: Chef is being widely used by most of the enterprise companies to automate remote management, server deployments

Pros:

One of the best configuration management tools available in market, because of availability of wide varieties of extensions it helps you to write cookbooks for any kind of platforms

Cons:

Agent based solution makes it less favorite for end-users who like agent less CI tools like ansible, salt stack

Trang
Trang
Senior Test Engineer in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Chef provide a center location for continues manage infrastructure

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: We use Chef to manage our system consist of multiple Components deployed in AWS EC2 and Local with Auto Scale and frequency deploy our new code with updating our Chef cookbook and push to the Chef server. With Chef we could make our infrastructure as code and have consistent between our different environment Dev, Test, UAT or Prod.

Pros:

With Chef we are easy to manage a large scale remote VMs in cloud or On-premise. We are able to completely bootstrap a newly added VM into our system remotely including software install, Application deployment and startup. The upgrade software version of deploy a new version of code for all VMs is handled from the Chef server with just update its cookbook. Have numerous provided cookbook for almost solution and we just need to modify it

Cons:

Chef cookbook syntax is quite complex for understanding and it does not have UI graphic to know the progress of executing and error of Cookbook in each destination nodes

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Automotive, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Amazingly powerful configuration management tool

4.0 5 years ago

Pros:

Chef is probably the best solution for enterprise configuration management. The language is very easy to use if you are familiar with Ruby and even if you are not the documentation is very easy to follow.

Cons:

It is very resource intensive to perform Chef runs so is not very suited to low capacity server or VPS's. So its more suited to large enterprise where there are sufficient resources available.

Rajesh
System Administrator in India
Computer Software, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Review Chef Enterprise Automation Stack

4.0 3 years ago

Comments: Over All Better Devops tool in Automation Industry.

Pros:

The Chef Enterprise Automation stack is better automation tool in DevOps Industry. Easy to Deploy and Maintenance both On-Premises and Cloud Infrastructure.

Cons:

The Chef Enterprise Automation stack may improve their deployment methodologies compared with others tool Like Ansible , Salt.

Samuel
Software in US
Telecommunications, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Chef: Wizard of Automation

5.0 last year

Pros:

Chef excels in automation, making managing large tech setups a breeze and simplifying the delivery of updates.

Cons:

Chef's complexity and reliance on coding knowledge can be a challenge for beginners, and it lacks a user-friendly interface for managing configurations.

Emanuele
Cloud engineer in Italy
Information Technology & Services, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

A robust platform for devops

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: I use chef to automate the process of installing and configuring middleware like Apache httpd, Jboss EAP, etc. with full proficiency in terms of time and quality.

Pros:

Chef is a powerful platform which, once setup, permits to achieve a big efficiency on installation and configuration of complex middleware and software components, as well on deploying artefacts.

Cons:

Lack of full retro compatibility when switching to new versions of software. Long learning curve is also a con.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Amazing VM customizer and config tool

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: I have used chef to automate virtual machine deployment process, config setup for different environments.

Pros:

I like that you write cookbook where you define, how your virtual machine should work. It makes deployments easy and everything run as smooth as it should.

Cons:

Nothing to dislike since it works as it should - uses Ruby for cookbook defining and i like this product.

Biswajit
Production Engineer in US
Information Technology & Services, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Its nice to have such transparent configuration management tool

4.0 7 years ago

Comments: We made our hardware infrastructure much easier to manage through chef.

Pros:

Chef is an open source tool for configuration management, focused on the developer side for its user base. Chef operates as a master-client model, with a separate workstation needed to control the master. It's based in Ruby, with pure Ruby used for most elements you write. The Chef design is transparent and based on following the instructions it's given, which means that you'll have to make sure your instructions are clear.Chef is good for development-focused teams and environments. It's good for enterprises looking for a more mature solution for a heterogeneous environment.

Cons:

1. The learning curve is steep if you're not already familiar with Ruby and procedural coding. 2. It's not a simple tool, which can lead to large code bases and complicated environments. 3. Doesn't support push functionality.

Mehak
Software Engineer in Sweden
Computer Software, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

DevOps tool to manage application configuration.

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: Used it with a large application with multiple modules depending on each other and multiple servers and maintaining the configuration and keep them in sync would have been a really difficult task without the help of Chef.

Pros:

The automation capability of Chef makes it very easy to integrate CI/CD pipelines. With a wide range of extensions present for Chef make is compatible with any kind of platform and the developer is able to write cookbooks for managing large numbers of serves and configuration.

Cons:

There is no web console UI to update or manage the configurations. Chef is a very powerful tool so it is a resource-intensive tool and the code base is also large so not very suitable for small applications.

Meghanath
Software Engineer in US
Utilities, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Configuration made easy

5.0 2 years ago

Pros:

Easy to setup tool which works on pull mechanism, easy to learn

Cons:

Basic understanding on config management tool is required

Krishna
DevOps Engineer in US
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Great for building systems the way we want them to be.

4.0 7 years ago

Pros:

The best thing about Chef is that we can force servers to have the files we want on them with the content that we want and make sure that packages are installed/updated without much effort.

Cons:

If you decide a file/package should not be placed/installed on a server anymore you have to explicitly state that you want to remove it. Deciding not to install it is not enough. Also, the unit tests have a pretty steep learning curve.

Andrey
Andrey
Senior SQL Server DBA in Russia
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

CM for DevOps

5.0 6 years ago

Comments: Works great for automated cloud deployments

Pros:

Easy to implement, learn and use on daily basis for Configuration Management.

Cons:

WebIU does not allow modifucation of configurations

Tyler
Software Development in US
Used the Software for: Not provided
Reviewer Source

Satisfactory

5.0 6 years ago

Pros:

Really liked that the ability that it allowed scaling to be done relatively easily and if I had any questions I got a response back quickly.

Cons:

Set up did take some time and using their API. No complaints other than that. They are also very friendly with support questions and answers.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

A good tool for management machine configurations and tracking infrastructure.

4.0 6 years ago

Pros:

Once you configure your CLI and learn your away around setting up cookbooks and environments, it is easy to check in on the state of your infrastructure and perform updates and actions across many machines.

Cons:

It can be difficult to track infrastructure as code if you have engineers making changes manually, and setting up permissions can be difficult at times.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Gets the job done with a minimal amount of setup and commands.

5.0 6 years ago

Pros:

I like that I can configure an entire Oracle middleware environment within a matter of hours, instead of it taking days. This works well for our dev/qa/prod environments.

Cons:

Not very flexible with Windows configuration, there is also not a lot of documentation out there for specific Windows configurations.

Nupur
Nupur
Senior Officer in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Banking
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

best devops tool

4.0 6 years ago

Pros:

when it comes to configuration managementa nd maintianing same dependencies in various system chef can be used to write recepis and pulling them on the nodes.

Cons:

The concept of chef server, node and workstation requires a lot of setup to start with.The process can be made more automated.

Abhishek
Student in India
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

good for CM

4.0 6 years ago

Pros:

it helps in creating different nodes for different envronment and make runlist for each of them seaparately which makes configuration management easy.

Cons:

setting up the environment is difficult and gives many errors which can be avoided by bringing more automation to the process.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Internet, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Server configuration automation and reporting with interface options.

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: gets the job done, medium ramp-up time to learn the syntax, plenty of features to make it worthwhile to use.

Pros:

chef offers a CLI and GUI to report on fleets of deployed assets and configurations assigned to them.

Cons:

getting at individual attributes and hosts can be cumbersome to parse from the command output.