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DreamHost Leverages Opscode to Automate Cloud Resources

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15 — From the OpenStack Summit, Opscode, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that DreamHost, a global leader in Web and cloud hosting, has deployed Opscode Private Chef to automate configuration and environment management for its new DreamCompute public cloud and DreamObjects cloud storage service. DreamHost is using Private Chef to automate the Ceph-powered object storage infrastructure behind DreamObjects, plus the OpenStack-powered virtual machine management and Ceph-powered block storage infrastructure behind its DreamCompute public cloud computing service. Private Chef enables DreamHost to reduce operations overhead and drive down the cost of its service for customers, while simultaneously ensuring maximum reliability and flexibility.

DreamCompute is a flexible, cost-efficient public cloud platform powered by OpenStack that delivers an easy-to-provision, secure and highly scalable solution for the full spectrum of compute demands. DreamHost's DreamObjects is an inexpensive, scalable object storage service based on Ceph – the open source, scalable, distributed storage system – that provides an enterprise-class cloud storage solution for individuals and organizations of all sizes.

"DreamHost is on a mission to empower any individual or organization to easily and inexpensively create content, applications and more on the Internet," said Carl Perry, Cloud Architect at DreamHost. "Engineering our solutions to achieve this mission begins with powerful open source platforms like Ceph and OpenStack, and picks up speed from Private Chef, which lets us build for scale, design for uptime and deliver unmatched services, all with little to no manual management."

"DreamHost is answering the entrepreneur and developer appetite for massively scalable cloud storage and computing capacity with unique services combining deep hosting expertise with cloud scale and data center reliability," said Adam Jacob, Chief Customer Officer, Opscode. "By using Opscode Private Chef to automate its Ceph and OpenStack-powered services, DreamHost is enabling businesses to store and process limitless amounts of data and run web-scale applications on the Internet with the security of traditional data center infrastructure."

DreamHost deployed Private Chef to automate everything from resource configuration to deployment for DreamCompute and DreamObjects. Private Chef has enabled DreamHost to manage the maximum amount of infrastructure with minimal resources, reducing operating costs so the hosting leader can pass the savings on to customers worldwide.

Customer Benefits:

  • Time Savings: Private Chef has eliminated nearly all manual management tasks within DreamHost's infrastructure, enabling 14 full-time employees to manage thousands of virtualized and physical servers. This significant reduction in management time has enabled greater focus on accelerating innovation and improving system efficiency, enabling DreamHost to bring DreamObjects and DreamCompute to market in less time and at less cost to customers.
  • Maximum Consistency: Private Chef provides DreamHost's IT team with a model for reuse, enabling them to write code once and deploy many times over, ensuring resources are always configured to exact and repeatable specifications, while eliminating the risk of potential human error.
  • Improved Agility: Private Chef has bridged the gap between development and operations at DreamHost, streamlining the process from initial development to release, while enabling much greater flexibility in adapting to change. This increased agility ensures DreamHost can scale services ahead of demand and continue expanding its business.

About Opscode

Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. Opscode helps companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineers time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of Web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. More information can be found at

About DreamHost

DreamHost is a global Web and cloud hosting provider with over 330,000 customers and 1.2 million blogs, websites and apps hosted. The company offers a wide spectrum of Web and cloud hosting solutions including Shared Hosting, Virtual Private Server (VPS) and Dedicated Server Hosting, Domain Name Registration, the cloud storage service, DreamObjects, and the cloud compute service DreamCompute. Visit for more information.


Source: Opscode

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