Chef Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Chef

A systems and cloud infrastructure automation framework

4.42/5 (31 reviews)

Chef overview

What is Chef?

Chef is an automation platform that configures and manages infrastructures and aims to increase software innovation velocity. Chef deploys servers to any physical, virtual, or cloud location, no matter what size the infrastructure and imposes self-reliance across the users’ development and operations teams.

Organizations are composed of one or more workstations, a server, and the number of nodes (whether 50 or 500,000) that are configured and maintained by the chef-client. Users can write dynamic policies that will create and manage the infrastructure, as well as search real-time data. ‘Cookbooks’ and ‘recipes’ are used to communicate information to the chef-client. For example, how each node should be configured.

Chef’s delivery reinforces DevOps to deliver software and applications rapidly and safely with with full traceability of changes in any project. The dashboard shows users easy to understand views of each project, where it is in the pipeline and its advancement, as well as information on who did what, and when.

The node dashboard lets users see all their managed infrastructures, alerting them of any failures with Chef's audit and compliance features. The audit rules can be customized and sent in real-time to external systems such as email, Slack or Splunk.
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Pricing

Starting from
$1440/year
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United States, United Kingdom, Germany

Supported languages

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Chef screenshot: From the Nodes tab on Chef, users can see the last time nodes checked in with the server and did a chef-client runHow Chef WorksChef screenshot: Chef users can view visual reports and chef-client runsChef screenshot: After clicking on 'download starter kit', users will be presented with a chef-starter.zip file Chef screenshot: Chef configuration management, run lists and cookbooks Chef screenshot: Users can manage their Chef analyticsChef screenshot: Enter the Chef CredentialsIntro to Chef

Chef user reviews

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Vandana Goel

Chef - A DevOps Tool to manage your all configuration.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-01-11
Review Source: Capterra

We manage the application and services so efficiently with it. The chef-solo also helps in learning and implementing the things. On production we use client/server mode to make it more productive. The elastic search indexing help the client node to handle the query in more efficient manner.

Pros
Chef is a powerful configuration management tool that manages and helps in automating the infrastructure with the advance software methodology . It helps in managing the timeline for release. Chef also provide the template infrastructure to configure the module according to the enterprise and DevOps standard. It really helps in deploying the project with the automation. It is written in Ruby and Erlang which run so efficiently on servers without using the must resources. The DevOps methodology helps in making a streamline for configuration and maintenance.

Cons
Implementation of Chef and opting the DevOps methodology is one of the complex part of it. Master Node can be only configurable in Linux\Unix platform. Learning curves are sharp but the brief documentation help and never let you stuck in any step.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Gurleen Kaur

Chef - The Configuration Mangement with power of DevOps

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-01-06
Review Source: Capterra

Chef is helping us to configure the build and deploy for the different server at the same time. Chef help us to implement the true DevOps environment for the development and product delivery.

Pros
Chef is the configuration management tool. It helps in automation build, deploys and manages the CI pipeline and also provides the collaboration and makes clean and easy way for release. The Open Source code make it transparent and easy to debug and customize it. Chef is the best tool to pick form the CM DevOps option as it has the most features that need a CI pipeline need it at the time of development and delivery. Chef is highly scalable with high availability as backup master node is also there.

Cons
Implementation is the most complex part. There should be wizards for the same to make it simple and easy. Master Node can be configured on linux only, So it makes it compulsory to know LINUX while setup of master node. ChefBook is not as easy as yaml scripting language.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Anonymous

Good automation tool

Used occasionally for free trial
Reviewed 2020-02-29
Review Source: Capterra

Happy to use it for automatic deployment when someone else did the hard stuff to configure it.

Pros
It offered a lot of automation capability, which for the rigth people unlocks deployment of the applications and it's written in Ruby.

Cons
The documentation was a bit scarce, and the available resources online were not that great at the time I tried this.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Nidhi Singh

A tool for automation of complete infrastructure.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-04-15
Review Source: Capterra

Chef is one of the best and simplest tool for configuration management and automation for code infrastructures. Chef made the deployment of 500+ hybrid environment of different projects which makes it simple with the help of automation.

Pros
Chef is a complete automation tool which help us to build the efficient infrastructure of code. It also helps to simplify the configuration management, monitoring and deployment. The build in templates for cloud and on-premises help to setup the configuration. Integration with different cloud and OS make it dynamic to flexible. Chef is one of the best and easiest tool for configuration management. The event feed provide the one stop notification for our all configurations. The customized compliance help to generate the reports for audits.

Cons
Chef needs to provide the simple wizards to setup the master & client nodes for different environment. Documentation search engine should be more enhanced. Chef should also come with the PUSH configuration as it is always recommended in such case when our infrastructure is scaling to frequently.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Sanchita Agrawal

Chef - A robust configuration management DevOps tool

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2018-10-07
Review Source: Capterra

We are using it in our production and Unit Test environment. The automation provide by the DevOps tool is really excellent. We have jump into the Chef Enterprise edition as it really helping us from so many years.

Pros
Chef is the one of the robust configuration management tool compared to the current market option. Chef is the DevOps engineers first choice as it is having a large community in the current dedicated market place. Highly scalability feature of the tool make it operation engineer first choice as it make possible to deploy the system with zero outage with the help of docker. Open source code provide the great transparency in the tool. Chef play a vital role in the DevOps software lifecycle as it manage the configuration and help to provide the automatic lifecycle.

Cons
Installation process is bit tricky, specially at the time of configuring master server for it. Master server can be setup on Linux/Unix machine. Chef need code based knowledge for scripting the tool which make it little complex. Documentation is also very large it must come with and fast guide.

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Chef pricing

Starting from
$1440/year
Pricing options
Free
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Free trial
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Basics: Free
Chef Client, Server, and ChefDK
30 Days of 8x5 Support

Hosted: $72 per node (annual, min. 20 nodes)
Chef Client, Server, and ChefDK
Management Console
High Availability
Hosting Service for Chef Server
8x5 Support

Premium + Delivery: $127 per node (annual)
Chef Client, Server, and ChefDK
Chef Delivery(5 users/1,000 nodes purchased)
Chef Compliance
Management Console
Analytics
High Availability
24x7 Support

Chef features

Automatic Notifications
Compliance Management
Data Visualization
Real Time Data
Real Time Monitoring

API (412 other apps)
Access Control (176 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (239 other apps)
Activity Tracking (127 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (124 other apps)
Auditing (122 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (110 other apps)
Data Import/Export (168 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (127 other apps)
Monitoring (264 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (199 other apps)
Search Functionality (118 other apps)
Third Party Integration (237 other apps)
User Management (109 other apps)
Workflow Management (140 other apps)

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Additional information for Chef

Key features of Chef

  • Analytics
  • Backup and recover
  • Dynamic policies
  • Real-time data
  • Scalable automation
  • Software and infrastructure changes
  • Test deployment reliability
  • Reports on compliance issues and security risks
  • Reports on out of date software
  • Classify by severity
  • Build security and compliance checks
  • Scan entire infrastructures
  • Pre-built profiles for CIS, Linux and Windows
  • Query, visualize, and report on operational events
  • Notifications across multiple platforms
  • Generate reports
  • High availability solution on-premise or in the cloud
  • Deliver latest tested/approved policies to infrastructure
  • Automation for flexible IT
  • Search-based configuration
  • Continuous delivery for applications and infrastructure
  • Code review and automated testing
  • Server performance
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Benefits

The Chef server can be used as the foundation to create and manage dynamic infrastructure whether large or small, across multiple datacenters whether on-premise or in the cloud.

Chef delivers applications and infrastructure quickly and safely, shipping changes whenever the user decides to and with fewer defects thanks to automated testing and approval.

Chef compliance scans entire IT infrastructures and creates reports regarding issues by severity, security risks, and out-of-date software, and can be built directly into the deployment pipeline.

Chef analytics allows users to query, visualize and report on operational events with alerts and notifications across multiple platforms.

Chef’s high availability solution detects failures automatically and ensures maximum server uptime with automated load balancing, rapid backup and quick recovery.