What You Need to Know about CHEF and Containers


Recently, Chef launched Habitat which is a new source that helps the developers in packaging their application. Habitat will also help applications to run on a wide variety or infrastructure. It helps in wrapping the Applications and then allows you to run them in any environment. It ranges from the bare metal server to virtual machines.

There is nothing great than freeing the application from its dependency on the infrastructure. The Server Habitat team, in their profound opinion, argues that today’s solutions are not depended on the enterprise.

There is a new build by the Server Client that is called the Container. It integrates with the Linux including those of the Docker. Containers help in describing the infrastructure required to ensure that that the application can get deployed quickly. 


Benefits of Using Chef Server

Consolidated Billing

When you are running the Server on EC2, it provides you with the ability in leveraging the hourly billing. It will also make sure that you only pay for what is used.

The quick start will enable you to choose the number of nodes you need support for, and the licensing costs will get included in the hourly rate.


Hybrid Deployments

When you are managing servers in a cloud environment and the premises, you will get the full support of the automation of the deployment of your hybrid. The Server running on the Amazon EC2 will be used together with the other EC2 instances in running your data center.

The application makes your server internet-accessible. It also helps in supporting the automation of the hybrid deployment out of the box.


AWS Resources Management

It has the capability in managing the AWS resources. If your aim is to use a single unified tool in managing the entire infrastructure, you can, therefore, manage the EC2 instances directly. 


Integration with AWS CloudFormation

You can manage to automate the deployment of the software that applies to the Amazon EC2 instances instead of writing manually. It also aids in executing various scripts.


How to Use the Server with AWS CloudFormation

When using the AWS CloudFormation, you will get some options for configuring and deploying the software application. It makes it possible to automate the deployment of the software on the Amazon instances.


What to Note

When starting with the bare bones AMI and you get bombarded with many software Apps for installation. It is, therefore, advisable to Bootstrap your instances which help in making time. When you need to decrease the bootstrapping time, you can then create the AMI which includes many software applications.

When you have the Chef and containers, you will have ample time in setting up the physical servers and all the virtual machines. Nothing would give you efficiency like being able to manage your company software infrastructure. I am confident you would love to decrease the spending, increase the revenue and secure your data.

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