June 07, 2012
SEATTLE, June 6 — Opscode, a leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced its Open Source Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef solutions provide full interoperability with Microsoft Corp's Windows Azure to deliver full stack infrastructure automation – from server provisioning and configuration management to continuous delivery of infrastructure and applications – for Microsoft's open, flexible cloud platform. Utilizing Opscode's knife plugin for Windows Azure, businesses of all sizes can rapidly create, bootstrap and manage Windows Azure compute instances.
"Maximizing the power of public cloud platforms is best accomplished through the use of a dynamic, consistent automation engine," said Christopher Brown, CTO, Opscode. "With Windows Azure and Opscode Chef, organizations can now make the most of all Windows Azure offers for Microsoft and Linux-based environments alike, delivering maximum flexibility and ease of use in bringing ideas to market and adapting to business change."
"Windows Azure is an open cloud platform that serves customers with Windows and Linux environments and allows developers to build applications using their favored language, tool or framework," said Helene Love Snell, director, Server and Tools Business, Microsoft. "Opscode Chef extends the benefits of this open approach, giving Windows Azure customers tools to easily automate their infrastructure on Windows Azure."
Opscode Chef works with Windows Azure to facilitate the creation and management of Windows Azure instances directly from the command line, ensuring infrastructure is consistent and easily scalable. With Chef, Windows Azure users have a new tool to automate the full compute stack, from server provisioning all the way through application deployment. Opscode Chef provides recipes – re-usable configuration templates – for everything from rebuilding environments to identity management in Active Directory, ensuring a seamless, enterprise-grade experience. In addition, the open source Chef community features 13,000 registered users, 600 individual contributors, 120 corporate contributors and 450 cookbooks, providing a rich ecosystem of support for Windows Azure customers looking to make the most of their investment in the cloud.
About Opscode Chef
Opscode's pioneering software, Chef, is an open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating the cloud. No matter how complex the realities of business, Chef makes it easy to deploy servers and scale applications throughout an entire infrastructure. Through a combination of configuration management and service-oriented architectures, Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef make it easy to create an elegant, fully automated infrastructure while simplifying systems management.
Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. Opscode helps companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineers time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. More information can be found at www.opscode.com.
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