Few applications are architecturally simple. As soon as you grow, you find yourself using multiple subsystems and machines to scale. Cloud-based environments such as EC2 make this an attractive and cost-efficient option, but create new headaches in configuration management.
Chef is the latest development in open source systems integration, a powerful Ruby-based framework for managing servers in a way that integrates tightly with your applications and infrastructure. As developers become increasingly responsible for operations, Chef lets you manage your servers by writing code, not running commands.
In this tutorial we cover:
Edd Dumbill is co-chair of the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, and leads the design and implementation of conference software at O’Reilly.
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