A new DevOps workflow product is coming to the market, courtesy of DevOps automation company Chef. Known as Chef Delivery, the new product helps enterprises automate changes to their infrastructures, runtime environments and applications at the same time. Chef announced the new product at its ChefConf 2015 developer conference being held this week in Santa Clara, California.
Currently Chef Delivery is available through an invitation-only program, although Chef said that the product would be offered as a subscription service later this year. Customers can sign up for the service on Chef’s Web site.
Faster Development Times
Chef styles itself as a DevOps software company, a term used to describe a software development philosophy in which both the development and operations departments of an organization work together in a more unified way to shorten the length of the development pipeline and the time to market for products.
The new product is built on Chef’s existing automation platform, which is currently being used by customers such as Bloomberg, Disney, Facebook, and Yahoo. The company said that Chef Delivery was designed by integrating the most successful software development patterns used by customers of its platform, incorporating their best practices into the new product.
Chef Delivery seeks to address recent changes in the enterprise IT world that have arisen as more companies move to cloud-based technologies. Enterprise infrastructures and applications have shifted from static systems to more dynamic services, requiring large companies to make continuous changes to their networks, servers, and applications every day. Those changes can include upgrades, patches, firmware updates, and new configurations and deployments.
That evolution has made rapid iteration even more vital for software-driven enterprises, a development that Chef is hoping it can address with Chef Delivery.
Shared Pipeline, New Collaboration Tools
According to the company, the new product includes several new features for software developers, including a shared pipeline and development workflows based on the best practices of Chef clients and designed to shepherd new products from conception to testing to production.
Chef Delivery also features new collaboration tools, including functionality for automating testing at each step in the development process on a platform that can be shared by developers, operations engineers, compliance and security officers, and IT architects.
By providing all members of the development process with a common workflow and facilitating feedback on proposed changes, Chef said the new product will allow personnel from every IT discipline to work more transparently together. The shared pipeline will also allow enterprises to apply unique policies at each step in the process for better governance and control over changes.
Chef Delivery also promises analytic tools with full audit capabilities to track pipeline performance and activity, manager permissions and access change history from a dashboard interface. The company said the Delivery platform’s architecture is fully integrated with the Chef Server and can scale up to the most complex IT environments.
The new product will also integrate with several popular operating systems and runtime environments, including public cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, as well as runtime environments such as Docker containers.