Chef Features

Chef

A systems and cloud infrastructure automation framework

4.43/5 (28 reviews)

Chef Feature Summary

  • 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  • Reports on out of date software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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Chef Feature Reviews

23 reviewers had the following to say about Chef's features:

Nidhi Singh

A tool for automation of complete infrastructure.

2019-04-15

Chef is one of the best and simplest tool for configuration management and automation for code infrastructures.

Pros

The event feed provide the one stop notification for our all configurations.

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Abhinav Kumar

Chef - The Configuration Magement Tool

2018-08-06

Chef is configuration management tool which is helping in automation of deployment process by which we doing the same task with less amount of time with zero errors as its completely follow automatic process.

Pros

Its highy scalable with high availability of it as its having the provision of backup master agent server. Its design to deploy, configure and manage servers.

Cons

Setup process is also lengthy then tool named Ansible.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Internet company, 201-500 employees)

Server configuration automation and reporting with interface options.

2019-07-16

gets the job done, medium ramp-up time to learn the syntax, plenty of features to make it worthwhile to use.

Pros

chef offers a CLI and GUI to report on fleets of deployed assets and configurations assigned to them.

Cons

getting at individual attributes and hosts can be cumbersome to parse from the command output.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Gurleen Kaur

Chef - The Configuration Mangement with power of DevOps

2019-01-06

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

It helps in automation build, deploys and manages the CI pipeline and also provides the collaboration and makes clean and easy way for release.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Raul Dominguez Arevalo

Very good ruby based CD and CI tool

2018-05-08

Pros

It has cloud configuration and automation, it includes management of security, you don't have to be a DevOps to use it, it has a world wide community.

Cons

It is some how difficult to learn so the initial configurations and process are a bit hard, the delivery process has to be as canonical as posible, its documentation is not in one single container, and it could be difficult to find and review.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Sanchita Agrawal

Chef - A robust configuration management DevOps tool

2018-10-07

The automation provide by the DevOps tool is really excellent.

Pros

Chef play a vital role in the DevOps software lifecycle as it manage the configuration and help to provide the automatic lifecycle.

Cons

Chef need code based knowledge for scripting the tool which make it little complex.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Tyler Nethery

Satisfactory

2018-03-09

Pros

Really liked that the ability that it allowed scaling to be done relatively easily and if I had any questions I got a response back quickly.

Cons

Set up did take some time and using their API. No complaints other than that.

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Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Biswajit Maity

Its nice to have such transparent configuration management tool

2018-01-11

We made our hardware infrastructure much easier to manage through chef.

Pros

Chef operates as a master-client model, with a separate workstation needed to control the master.

Cons

It's not a simple tool, which can lead to large code bases and complicated environments. 3.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Retail company, 5001-10000 employees)

Versatile product

2018-09-02

Overall versatile and easy to use,takes time to deploy, customization may require scripting knowledge

Pros

Extendable with scripting language, easy configuration files

Cons

Other platforms have better pre configured deployment scripts

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

nice too for a server admin

2018-01-10

Pros

the documentation is very good, I find a lot of informations there besides what is available in other places.

Cons

I for my self hate that mac is not supported as I do have to work on mac from time to time, so you are tied to windows and linux only.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Sanket Kutumbe

The main thing I liked about chef was that (as I am beginner), they have interactive tutorials.

2018-05-09

I used it for horizontal scalability in my project. I created dedicated webserver and database server using chef.

Pros

1) Easy and user-friendly user interface. 2) Configurations are quite easy. 3) Easy availability of various cookbooks on cookbook hub

Cons

1) Some things from tutorial are missing like project can be used directly to create docker image and consequently container, later which can be used for chef-node.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Vandana Goel

Chef - A DevOps Tool to manage your all configuration.

2019-01-11

We manage the application and services so efficiently with it.

Pros

Chef is a powerful configuration management tool that manages and helps in automating the infrastructure with the advance software methodology .

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.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Emanuele Scaglia

A robust platform for devops

2019-05-12

I use chef to automate the process of installing and configuring middleware like Apache httpd, Jboss EAP, etc. with full proficiency in terms of time and quality.

Pros

Chef is a powerful platform which, once setup, permits to achieve a big efficiency on installation and configuration of complex middleware and software components, as well on deploying artefacts.

Cons

Lack of full retro compatibility when switching to new versions of software. Long learning curve is also a con.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Andrey Perepelitsyn

CM for DevOps

2019-01-09

Works great for automated cloud deployments

Pros

Easy to implement, learn and use on daily basis for Configuration Management.

Cons

WebIU does not allow modifucation of configurations

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Chirag Batra

Best Node Manager Tool

2018-11-24

Pros

This tool has an amazing command line tool which is knife which makes it really easy to connect with different nodes and deploy the containers and files on them.

Cons

Understanding the tool is tough call in the beginning but once we get the basic terminology and installation clear, this tool is a great fun to use.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 51-200 employees)

A good tool for management machine configurations and tracking infrastructure.

2018-12-19

Pros

Once you configure your CLI and learn your away around setting up cookbooks and environments, it is easy to check in on the state of your infrastructure and perform updates and actions across many machines.

Cons

It can be difficult to track infrastructure as code if you have engineers making changes manually, and setting up permissions can be difficult at times.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Abhishek Joshi

good for CM

2018-04-19

Pros

it helps in creating different nodes for different envronment and make runlist for each of them seaparately which makes configuration management easy.

Cons

setting up the environment is difficult and gives many errors which can be avoided by bringing more automation to the process.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Weekly

Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Automotive company, 51-200 employees)

Amazingly powerful configuration management tool

2019-02-25

Pros

Chef is probably the best solution for enterprise configuration management. The language is very easy to use if you are familiar with Ruby and even if you are not the documentation is very easy to follow.

Cons

It is very resource intensive to perform Chef runs so is not very suited to low capacity server or VPS's. So its more suited to large enterprise where there are sufficient resources available.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Vipallav Gupta

nice for configuration managenet

2018-05-13

Pros

good to register nodes, then install cookbook sfrom supermarket. ready to use cookbooks simoly deploy them on registered nodes.

Cons

the architecture of chef server, chef client and chef nodes is difficult to understand for beginners ,Also it have lot of authentication access formalties for setup.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Source: Capterra
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vijay kakadiya

Good configuration management tool

2018-04-21

Pros

It has been designed for programmers mindset, very convient to write instructions in ruby.

Cons

It has pull mechanism and schedules. Hence changes are not immediately observed. It has some learning curve. I found the setup is little bit complicated.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Biotechnology company, 51-200 employees)

Stands the test of time

2018-03-13

Pros

It remains a solid choice for configuration management and infrastructure deployment, whether on virtual machines, or containers.

Cons

Templating language can be a bit hard to learn especially for those not already familiar with the Ruby programming language.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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MOSHE HABER

CONFIGURATION is great!

2017-05-17

Pros

I love this software! Its so easy to use.

Rating breakdown

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Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Computer Software company, 201-500 employees)

Amazing VM customizer and config tool

2019-11-15

I have used chef to automate virtual machine deployment process, config setup for different environments.

Pros

It makes deployments easy and everything run as smooth as it should.

Cons

Nothing to dislike since it works as it should - uses Ruby for cookbook defining and i like this product.

Rating breakdown

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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