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Facebook Introduces Chef To Manage Its Web-Tier

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Facebook rolled out Private Chef, Opscode's commercial infrastructure automation product, to manage its web-tier. To ensure that Chef meets Facebook's scalability requirements they helped design the latest version of Chef Server, which is a total re-write using Erlang.

Facebook claims they are happy with using Chef so far and will present details at the ChefConf in late April. Phil Dibowitz, production engineer at Facebook, told The Register that Chef was the only automation solution flexible enough to bend to their scale dynamics without requiring them to change their workflow.

Chef seems to gain traction in large scale deployments:

Luke Kanies from Puppet Labs, makers of Puppet and competing with Opscode in the infrastructure automation area, says:

It's impressive that Opscode has gotten to this scale, but we've been at this scale for the last three or four years

He names Zynga with 50.000 servers and an upcoming deployment at the CERN nuclear physics research lab in Switzerland with up to 300,000 servers to prove his point.


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