- Reduced mean time for adding compute capacity to less than 30 minutes
- Created mirrored testing and production environments to ensure maximum
- Automated user authentication to improve security and streamline account
access across all user groups
- Accelerated rate of internal application development and third party
Getaroom's Recipe for Success
As Getaroom's business expanded, its compute needs outgrew the PaaS it was
using, necessitating a move to Amazon EC2. Leveraging Chef and its
Knife EC2 command-line plug-in, as well Chef Community cookbooks for Amazon
EBS volume management, the company moved its entire infrastructure to
Amazon, achieving a mean time to new server capacity of less than 30
"Amazon EC2 gives us the flexibility we need to keep up with both rapid
growth and surges in demand during peak periods," said Ben Poweski,
Architect, Getaroom. "Executing the move to Amazon manually would have been
nearly impossible, but with Chef, it went very smoothly. Managing our
infrastructure like application software has empowered our engineers to
deliver end-to-end solutions without depending on separate organizations to
deliver dependent services."
Getaroom employs a sophisticated website infrastructure to deliver the best
hotel rates to its users. In addition to the front-end production site,
Getaroom also maintains a number of development environments for third party
vendors to test application integration with Getaroom's service. Internally,
Getaroom runs an automated test suite of regressive software tests and a
range of development 'sandboxes' for its developers to freely innovate new
application updates. With so many different, compute-intensive environments
integrating with its production site, Getaroom needed an automation tool
that could ensure consistency across all its systems without significant
"Basically, we have a whole lot going on under the covers and a small team
to make it work," Morgan Nelson, Senior Engineer at Getaroom continued.
"There's simply no way to keep an infrastructure like ours running smoothly
without automation. Chef helps us make it all happen day in and day
out, from repeatable and consistent configuration to seamless application
updates, all with a few simple lines of code."
Using the Chef Community cookbook for Ruby Version Management (RVM),
Getaroom's engineering team can easily manage the various versions of Ruby
running in its different environments, significantly reducing system errors.
Getaroom employs large groups of IT operations and development personnel,
making user authentication important to both security and system
consistency. Leveraging Chef as a data repository for user
information, Getaroom can easily manage user account access across its
entire infrastructure. Meanwhile, to continuously integrate new application
integrated Chef with Jenkins CI, with Chef delivering updated
configurations to the Jenkins server for deployment into production.
By automating the integration of both its environments and applications,
Getaroom has created a highly consistent infrastructure with maximum
repeatability and minimal risk.
"Using Chef with EC2 lets us treat our infrastructure like software,
which is really a game-changing concept," Chris Griego, Senior Developer,
Getaroom, concluded. "We can configure once and replicate as many times as
needed, without worrying about consistency. With Chef we’ve been able
to automate our infrastructure from bottom to top, from Jenkins to MongoDB
to MySQL to HaProxy."