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Opscode Releases Chef for OpenStack

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 15 — From the OpenStack Summit, Opscode, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced Chef for OpenStack, delivering a centralized, defined collection of code and best practices for using Chef to create and automate OpenStack infrastructures, as well as deploying and managing application stacks on OpenStack infrastructure.

Chef for OpenStack combines a centralized repository of cookbooks with key features of Hosted Chef and Private Chef to deliver a comprehensive reference framework for improving business agility and operating efficiency with OpenStack. The new solution is supported by Opscode's enterprise services practice and a broad ecosystem of technology partners, including Rackspace, Dell, DreamHost, HP and Intel. Opscode also today announced integration via the Knife command-line for OpenStack Folsom, enabling users to rapidly create, bootstrap and manage OpenStack Folsom compute instances.

"OpenStack continues to gain traction as the primary open source platform for deploying private, hybrid and public clouds, with a number of large public cloud providers deploying OpenStack to power innovative service offerings," said Jay Wampold, VP of Marketing, Opscode. "Chef for OpenStack leverages our broad partner ecosystem, deep technical expertise and vibrant community to deliver a comprehensive tool kit for getting the most from OpenStack in the least amount of time."

Featuring contributions from OpenStack participants Rackspace, Dell, DreamHost, HP and a number of other contributors, Chef for OpenStack includes five cookbooks – collections of reusable code – enabling rapid deployment and automation of computingobject storageimage servicesdashboardand identity services:

  • OpenStack Compute: Enables enterprises and service providers to offer on-demand computing resources, by provisioning and managing large networks of virtual machines. Compute resources are accessible via APIs for developers building cloud applications and via web interfaces for administrators and users.
  • OpenStack Object Storage: Provides a fully distributed, API-accessible storage platform that can be integrated directly into applications or used for backup, archiving and data retention.
  • OpenStack Dashboard: Provides administrators and users a graphical interface to access, provision and automate cloud-based resources.
  • OpenStack Image Service: Provides discovery, registration and delivery services for disk and server images.
  • OpenStack Identify Service: Provides a central directory of users mapped to the OpenStack services they can access, acting as a common authentication system across the cloud operating system.

Versions of the Chef for OpenStack cookbooks will be published to the Intel CloudBuilders community, a cross-industry initiative aimed at making it easier to build, enhance, and operate cloud infrastructure. An open developer and operator community, including a mailing list and an IRC channel, supports Chef for OpenStack. To access, collaborate or learn more about Chef for OpenStack, visit

OpenStack Folsom, the sixth version of OpenStack, automates pools of compute, storage and networking resources to build private and public cloud infrastructures without vendor lock-in. Written by more than 330 contributors, the Folsom release features a continued focus on stability and extensibility, enabling users across the globe to leverage pools of on-demand, self-managed compute, storage and networking resources to build efficient, automated private and public cloud infrastructures.

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


Source: Opscode

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