- Reduced time to deploy new cloud resources from hours to minutes.
- Achieved maximum system consistency by standardizing hybrid infrastructure
on transparent set of code-based configurations.
- Saved dozens of man hours per week by eliminating most manual management
of cloud servers.
Cheezburger's Recipe for Success
Millions of people visit Cheezburger's family of humor sites every day,
meaning Cheezburger's infrastructure must be able to scale in near real-time
to keep up with surges in traffic. Cheezburger's IT team knew their small
cluster of physical resources would not be able to keep pace with user
demand, so they turned to a hybrid cloud strategy, leveraging the economies
of scale and redundancy of multiple IaaS providers to create a highly
scalable, resilient cloud infrastructure. By combining cloud resources from
multiple IaaS providers to power their websites, while using physical
servers for memory, Cheezburger has minimized infrastructure costs, while
ensuring maximum flexibility in managing site traffic.
"As our traffic grows or we make improvements in the efficiency of our
platform, its trivial to add or delete servers in our clusters, or even
destroy a cluster or build one in a different geographic location," said
Joey O'Neill, Senior System Administrator, Cheezburger. "Chef allows
us to be agile and quickly respond to changes without worrying about
Cheezburger deployed Chef
across multiple cloud deployments to manage all their IaaS instances from a
single point of view, providing maximum system visibility and control.
Because Chef has Knife command line plugins for the APIs of every
major public cloud provider, Cheezburger has the freedom to use multiple
cloud platforms and move their application between these clouds as needed.
By customizing the Chef Community .NET cookbook to their unique
specifications, Cheezburger created a code-based blueprint for managing
infrastructure, automating configuration management and provisioning for
all its compute resources. Using Chef, Cheezburger can deploy
infrastructure as code, providing a model for reuse that significantly
reduces the time to deploying new cloud servers and ensures the highest
levels of system consistency and flexibility.
"Managing our cloud resources via code doesn’t only save us a significant
amount of time, it also ensures every operation is executed exactly as it's
supposed to be, every time," O'Neill added. "Chef gives us a
blueprint for new cloud clusters that makes it easy to spin up additional
Cheezeburger has developed a cookbook for managing Windows and GNU/Linux
cookbook enables users to identically configure firewalls across different
operating systems by putting arrays of ports to open, or IPs to
whitelist/blacklist, into attributes.
Chef provides Cheezburger with a comprehensive solution for
configuring its infrastructure, including single command cluster deployments
of a load balancer, cache server, and HTTP servers, as well as self-aware
configuration between Chef and system load balancers. By automating
configuration across its hybrid infrastructure, Cheezburger can ensure
system consistency with minimal risk of error.
"Chef gives us the foundation to scale our infrastructure far into
the future. Its code repository lets us automate fixes or new server
configurations in near real-time, making life a lot easier," O'Neill