Migration to the cloud with CHEF

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An efficient cloud migration strategy is significant for companies looking for performance, cost and operational improvements while enhancing the application portfolio effectiveness as well as time to market. 

Migration to the cloud entails much more than just presenting a cloud migration application and having your data in the cloud. It requires selecting, analysing, transforming, adopting and implementing change. It needs a reliable and extensive plan that brings about an enhanced platform and results in return on investment, user satisfaction and cost improvement.

According to recent research conducted by Chef Users, a massive 95% of participants are currently in some stage in cloud migration. However, while the study captures users from various industries, with different phases of cloud maturity, the participants reported that a third of the infrastructure they own is anticipated to stay on the premises for the predictable future.

Eventually, this implies that businesses require a means of managing the configuration and security of multi-datacenter environments constantly without bringing unsustainable maintenance expenses by replicating tasks across different environments.

Companies will also have to come up with a way to assess the bigger picture of the strength of their environments entirely to enable them to detect and correct any problems that can arise efficiently. In solving these issues, the aptitude and suppleness of Automate shine remarkably.

 

Deployment tools

As we build manageable, fault tolerant and highly accessible systems on the Amazon Web, it's important to know the deployment tools capable of handling application- and system-level deployments to ensure consistency, integrity and predictability within multiple environments.

This awareness will result in continuous and more rapid deployment, lower error and failure rates, as well as faster recovery. Some of the best deployment tools offering solid integration in migration to the cloud include:

  • Chef
  • Puppet
  • Ansible
  • AWS Elastic Beanstalk
  • AWS Code Deploy

 

Chef

It's the most common deployment and configuration management tool used widely across different enterprises. You can access it in three versions:

  • open source
  • hosted (SaaS solution)
  • private version (enterprise edition behind the firewall)

Its automated framework makes it easy to install, configure, deploy and also manage applications and servers in any environment.

Infrastructure

With this deployment tool, you can program your framework (known as recipes) and use these recipes to build the infrastructure. Once programmed, you hold a plan for your system, which allows you to create or rebuild your infrastructure automatically within hours or minutes, not months or weeks.

Moreover, in case of any disaster (geographical, hardware or network), this tool makes the recovery process much more manageable. 

How it Works

As the usage of your cloud infrastructure for production/QA/Dev environments grows, you will encounter an operational challenge as you manage your entire infrastructure. Operational jobs such as creating, deleting, monitoring, and configuring instances as well as ensuring that all the instances contained in a layer remain in the same state become a nightmare for the system administrator.


At this moment, you require a configuration management system that will enable you to deploy, repair, and update the entire application framework using pre-defined and automated procedures. If possible, you want an automatic and a pre-defined specification, for your entire infrastructure from the bare-metal to running the services of your company, including a network configuration.

Benefits

This tool has turned out to be one of the commonly used deployment devices for configuration management. It's supported by Amazon OpsWorks, an application management program that makes it effortless for deployment tools to develop and manage the whole application from the load balancers to the databases. With this deployment tool you can:

  • Manage your servers by developing recipes
  • Develop perfect clones for partner preview environments, pre-production environments, QA environments and others
  • Configure applications that need knowledge about the entire infrastructure
  • Integrate tightly with databases, applications and many others
Continuous Automation begins with a clear-cut, repeatable flow of work: Detect, Correct, Automate. Once you automate the entire process of classifying and remediating problems and apply the two of them continuously, you will be able to spend more of your time developing more content and lesser time solving any recurring issues.

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