What is Chef?

Managing servers has traditionally been performed using a manual set of procedures to perform the required tasks. Chef is a tool that allows you to take these manual procedures and automate them into repeatable processes. This is sometimes referred to as Infrastructure as Code.

Benefits to Supporting Chef in LifeKeeper

  • The ability to extract Chef attributes from existing clusters makes cluster replication easier.
  • Engineering burdens are reduced through automation of existing tasks to create LifeKeeper clusters.
  • Error reduction via Chef automation of manual tasks.
  • Automation of hardware replacement. Easy transfer from staging to production.

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