Continuous automation: CHEF is shaping the future of software development


The latest announcement from Chef lights the way for the future of software innovation and development. The announcement came with a host of new features in products and opportunities that will build skills in product development and present attractive offers to their affiliates. 

Continuous automation

CHEF is committed to assisting their clients to attain continuous automation. This will greatly help them to develop software with speed, efficiency and lower risks. With their platform for continuous automation called Chef Automate, is in now easier to integrate all the aspects considered in software production.

The clients subscribed to this approach are already reaping the benefits of simplified and consistent software delivery in various environments and applications. For those planning to join in this movement it is vital to understand the catalysts of the journey to continuous automation, which are also the themes of their recent announcement. Let's take a look at them in the next paragraphs.

1. Continuous compliance for rapid delivery

With the growing demand for applications, software developers tend to deliver a bit fast and end up compromising on the security of the application. It is concerned with equipping these developers with the necessary tools to ensure they build secure software from the scratch. CHEF also connect the teams responsible for Information Security to their DevOps partners.

How continuous compliance is attained

This Automate ensures that compliance is automated by incorporating feedback channels into the various roles involved in delivery of secure software.

Chef's Inspec, an automated assessment tool that is coded into cloud platforms like VMWare, Microsoft Azure, vSphere and AWS, interacts with the platforms and audits their architectural compliance and security to ensure that developers adhere to policies. 


2. Application-centric approach

It is recognised that with the growing need for fast software delivery, DevOps encounter another difficult challenge besides compliance and security.

CHEF's announcement comes with various advancements to Habitat, which will help DevOps in the architecture, deployment and management of applications in all hybrid environments. 


Application-centric operations

These are the operations that will help teams in developing and managing software in any environment. 


New builder service

Builder aids Habitat by building packages, hosting them and helping in their discovery. Using their new Builder service ensures packaging is consistent any application is able to work in any environment. This service will help firms in their application management with confidence since they do not have to worry about their underlying build and whether it is subject to change in a given environment. 


20 plans

This is the first set of plans that CHEF consider enterprise ready. They are entirely open source and serve developers with basic guidelines as they come up with plans for their own applications. They support software deployment in enterprises and support the common patterns of enterprises like restore/backup while overcoming complexity challenges.

Scaffolding features

With Scaffolding, developers can easily build an application from the scratch and package it with Habitat. Scaffolding uses the popular frameworks and language of applications.

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