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June 15, 2011

Opscode Unveils Private Chef for Cloud Infrastructure Automation

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Opscode, a provider of cloud solutions for infrastructure automation, has released Opscode Private Chef, its latest infrastructure automation solution that enables rapid appliance deployment and configuration management, helping IT managers increase time to market by eliminating time wasted figuring out how the system works.

The Private Chef provides Opscode Hosted Chef's highly available, dynamically scalable, fully managed and supported automation environment behind the corporate firewall, according to a press release.

The appliance deployment solution is designed to meet enterprise data center requirements. It runs on the company’s hosted automation platform and delivers an appliance-based managed service behind the enterprise firewall.

“Traditional systems management solutions come with a very high operating burden – simply learning to manage the infrastructure that manages your infrastructure is a daunting investment of both capital and time, often involving lengthy consulting engagements. Private Chef packages all of Opscode's operating expertise in running this critical business function and delivers this right into the enterprise data-center, in a highly available, custom built hardware appliance,” said Adam Jacob, co-founder and chief product officer of Opscode.

The simple scalability feature that is incorporated into this product enables IT managers to “simply bring the server online – from five to 50,000 servers in public or private clouds – and Private Chef automatically makes the necessary updates.”

The open-source solution ensures that if complex problems arise, the community offers the support. With Opscode Private Chef, IT managers are able to dynamically query data within "recipes" to configure complex services like discovering master MySQL servers, configuring Nagios or finding all the memcached servers in a cluster.

Private Chef also provides centrally controlled, role-based access and data encryption, which gives IT managers control over who can see information and when it is available. In addition, the solution can be customized to meet the requirements of a specific security environment.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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