Daryn McCool was nice enough to share the story of Scholastic’s major IT modernization initiative with us. It was a great opportunity to have an enterprise customer walk through their journey to the cloud.
If you are considering an IT modernization project or looking for best practices in the community, I’d recommend watching the webinar.
As many of you in the Community have seen by now, I recently joined Chef as a Vice President (more on what in particular I will be up to in a minute).
I first came across the open source Chef project while working at ThoughtWorks, where we got to experiment with various new technologies in order to find the best solutions to solve our customers’ problems. Chef began to crop up more and more frequently in our internal discussions of which tools had been effective, and I was sufficiently impressed that it got a few mentions in the Continuous Deliverybook that Dave Farley and I published in 2010.
Four years later, Chef — both the product and the company — is going from strength to strength. I have seen many companies use Chef’s platform to enable their move to continuous delivery, and I’m excited about our plans for the future. I am delighted to have the chance to be part of its evolution and growth — and to count among my colleagues some of the people I admire most in our community.
Now back to what I’ll be doing. My focus will be to grow a high velocity organization that delivers the most awesome customer experience in the industry. Organizational culture and development are topics that form the core of my forthcoming book, Lean Enterprise, and I am super excited that Chef has asked me to be part of further developing their high performance culture.
I’ll be writing periodic updates both here and at http://continuousdelivery.com/. You can also follow my progress on Twitter — and I’m hoping to make it to as many Chef community events as I can, starting with FlowCon in San Francisco.
Continuous Delivery Pioneer to Play Leadership Role at Chef as Enterprise DevOps Adoption Surges
SEATTLE – August 20, 2014 – Chef, the leader in web-scale IT automation, today announced Jez Humble has joined the company as vice president of development velocity. Humble is the co-author of the highly influential book Continuous Delivery:Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation. A noted speaker and lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, Humble is widely regarded as one of the premier leaders in agile software delivery practices and the implementation of positive organizational change. At Chef, Humble will play a leadership role in shaping Chef’s own engineering processes and will guide Chef’s continuous delivery solutions strategy amidst surging enterprise DevOps adoption.
We have had some conversations about the supported Chef versions in the approaching major release Chef 12 with our community. As a result, we’ve decided to drop support for Chef Client 10 this October when Chef Client 12 ships.
We will continue to ship Chef Client 10 with contributions and required security fixes until 12/31/2014. If you want to get more information about this and Chef 12 check out the recently approved Chef RFC here.
How to get it?
As usual you can get this release with our install script on non-windows platforms:
Here at Chef we have the privilege to share all kinds of innovation, community news and compelling events with you via the blog. I’m particularly happy to invite you to a webinar we’re hosting this week with Scholastic. If you are actively transitioning your IT or Dev organization (or just planning) come find out how this nearly 100 year old publishing company has accomplished their own modernization initiative with automation and cloud.
Daryn McCool, an IT leader with Scholastic will walk us through how they approached their transition to AWS. Join Daryn, me and Chris Munns from AWS as we cover key considerations, including:
Today we have released a patch release, 11.14.6, for Chef Client with some regression fixes and enhancements. We needed to skip 11.14.4 since we’ve realized that a couple of fixes slipped through the cracks and wasn’t included in 11.14.4 after tagging.
On Tuesday, August 12th at 15:10 UTC, the cookbook dependency API provided by Supermarket became unusable. We are very sorry for this outage and interruption to workflow. In this post, I will explain what happened and the mitigation steps we are taking to prevent this from happening in the future.
Earlier this morning, a Supermarket code deployment caused the dependency API at /universe to start returning errors. Redis became unreachable, resulting in Berkshelf v3.x clients failing to resolve dependencies.
At Chef, we conduct postmortem meetings for outages and issues with the site and services. Since Supermarket belongs to the community, we would like to invite you, the community, to listen in or participate in public postmortem meetings for these outages.
When: August 13th, 2014 11:00 PDT (2014–08–13 18:00 UTC)
Where: Google Hangout link to be provided 5 minutes prior to the meeting via @cwebber and @chef, as well as in #chef on irc.freenode.net