Review: Chef cooks up configuration management

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Opscode's Chef packs the power of Ruby and plentiful Cookbooks, but lacks features and polish found in other solutions

Opscode's Chef packs the power of Ruby and plentiful Cookbooks, but lacks features and polish found in other solutions

Among the various configuration management frameworks available today, Opscode's Chef is a relative newcomer. But as the double-digit version number would suggest, Chef has been making strides toward adding new features and appears to be gaining some ground against its older and more mature competitors.

For any shop considering Chef for configuration management, the main question will be the level of familiarity and comfort with the Ruby programming language, which Chef relies on for driving all configuration changes.

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