Curry Bot Label Issues – Public Postmortem Meeting

Earlier today we had an issue where Curry Bot added and removed the “Signed CLA” label from a number of pull requests every few seconds causing disruption to workflow and even locking users out of at least one pull request.

At Chef, we conduct postmortem meetings for outages and issues with the site and services. Since Supermarket belongs to the community, and we are developing the application in the open, we would like to invite you, the community, to listen in or participate in public postmortem meetings for these outages.

When: July 31st, 2014 14:00–14:55 PDT (2014–7–31 21:00–21:55 UTC)
Where: Google Hangout link to be provided 5 minutes prior to the meeting via @cwebber and @chef, as well as in #chef on

Getting Ready for Chef + PowerShell DSC

Today we’d like to share the Supermarket debut of the PowerShell DSC cookbook for Chef, an early preview of Chef integration with PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Windows. This cookbook allows you to author recipes using any DSC resources available on your system, seamlessly surfacing them as Chef resources you can use in your cookbooks. Integration at this level can greatly expand the universe of manageable configuration points and applications for Windows Chef users.

For detailed requirements on using this prototype cookbook, please visit the README. The prototype is just the start on our journey to delivering fully realized integration of DSC with Chef which we’re working on now.

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Guest editorial: “How to find your continuous delivery rhythm” by Jez Humble

The third entry from our upcoming collection of editorials entitled The Quiet Revolutionaries comes from our friend Jez Humble, author of the book Continuous Delivery and principal at ThoughtWorks. Jez examines how the lower cost of product development means companies can now capitalize on subtle market signals, the nature of continuous delivery, and a new kind of minimal viable product. Jez writes:

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Webinar: How Scholastic Migrated to AWS with Chef

We’ve got a very cool webinar lined up in a month’s time. On Thur., Aug. 21, at 10 am PT/1 pm ET, our friend Daryn McCool, Manager of eCommerce and Digital Engineering for Scholastic, the world’s largest children’s books publisher, will be detailing the why and how of Scholastic’s move to the cloud.

Daryn’s presentation will be full of best practices guidance and specific, technical details on how to migrate production workloads to the cloud. Primary topic areas include:

  • Why Scholastic needed to move to the cloud

  • Why Scholastic chose AWS and Chef

  • How Scholastic migrated from a legacy IT infrastructure to the public cloud

  • How Scholastic’s cloud infrastructure supports its business

This webinar will include Q&A with Daryn, as well as Chris Munns from AWS and Julian Dunn from Chef.

If you’re considering a move to the cloud, are about to migrate, or are in the midst of planning a migration, this is a must-attend event.

Register here.

Web-Scale IT is here

The way we consume goods and services has fundamentally changed. Thanks to companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google, we expect delightful, intuitive, always-on digital experiences. And it’s not just consumers. Businesses have the same expectations.

The web innovators changed the physics of IT. Using large-scale compute based on commodity hardware and open source software, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and others created an entirely new approach to infrastructure and applications. An approach that is founded on automation, driven by DevOps, and focused on delighting customers. An approach called web-scale IT.

Research firm Gartner estimates that by 2017, web-scale IT will be found in 50 percent of global enterprises. This shift is already underway – and is the driver of Chef adoption.

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Chef Reports Surge in Business and New Platform Features as Enterprises Shift to Web-Scale IT

Company’s Q2 Incremental Recurring Revenue Grows 182 Percent Year-Over-Year with a Quarterly Record Number of New Customers

New Chef Capabilities for Automated Infrastructure Testing, Container Integration, and an Analytics Platform Bring Benefits of Web-Scale IT to the Enterprise

SEATTLE – July 15, 2014 – Chef, the leader in web-scale IT automation, today announced strong business growth for the second quarter of 2014, demonstrating surging demand for its commercial automation platform. Chef also today released new enterprise product features that expand the Chef platform, powering speed, scale, and consistency for enterprise companies who want to accelerate time to market and delight customers through web-scale IT strategies.

Web innovators like Amazon, Facebook, and Google have changed customer expectations about on-demand digital products and services. To meet these expectations, enterprises must adopt practices of the web innovators and make their infrastructures more agile and resilient. Research firm Gartner estimates that “by 2017, Web-scale IT will be an architectural approach found operating in 50 percent of global enterprises, up from less than 10 percent in 2013.”[1]

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Release: Chef Development Kit 0.2.0 – Windows support and more

Today we have released a new version for Chef Development Kit a.k.a. Chef DK.

The biggest highlight of this release is the Windows support. Starting with version 0.2.0 Chef DK is now supported on Windows.

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Meet the Chef Analytics Platform

The Chef analytics platform is a premium feature of Chef. It provides real-time visibility into what is happening on your Chef server and is the latest in a growing suite of features that will provide a comprehensive view of your infrastructure. Chef analytics runs on separate hardware from the Chef server and consists of several components. Today, we are releasing the first version of the analytics platform, which includes the ability to log Chef actions. Over time, the analytics platform will provide additional capabilities for analyzing metrics and event data from Chef servers and clients.

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Release: Chef Container 0.2.0 (beta)

This week, Chef released a version of the Chef client that can run inside a Linux container. This container-friendly client is called chef-container. In this post we’ll give you an introduction to chef-container, its purpose and its components. We’ll also tell you about a new knife plugin for managing container images. Then, we’ll show you how to launch an instance of Apache2, running inside a Docker container.

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Rally Software Unifies Developers and IT Operations with Chef to Rapidly Deliver New Services

Software Management Provider Chooses Chef to Automate Virtualized Infrastructure, Accelerate Application Development, and Tighten Customer Feedback Loop

SEATTLE – July 15, 2014 – Chef, the leader in web-scale IT automation, today announced that Rally Software, a leading global provider of enterprise-class software and services solutions to drive business agility, has deployed Chef to bring its developer and IT operations teams together to more rapidly develop new services and increase focus on IT innovation. With Chef, Rally can automate IT management and application testing in its virtualized infrastructure, powering a sophisticated service-oriented architecture (SOA) that unlocks faster application development and shorter feedback loops for Rally’s customers.

Leading enterprises today are using software to more rapidly deliver new services in response to customer demand and competition. This requires that software developers and IT operations teams more closely collaborate around shared goals, at new speeds, and with the flexibility to adapt on a dime to changing customer needs. Rally recognized that Chef could help the company institutionalize DevOps to achieve these advantages and support its speed-focused approach to software development. Using Chef, Rally has one unified DevOps team with a common language, an automated infrastructure for rapid collaboration and a renewed focus on innovation.

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