Chef Ratings

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4.5/5
Ease of Use
3.5/5
Customer Service
4/5

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Gurleen K.
Software Engineer
Information Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 6, 2019

“Chef - The Configuration Mangement with power of DevOps”

OverallChef is helping us to configure the build and deploy for the different server at the same time. Chef help us to implement the true DevOps environment for the development and product delivery.
ProsChef is the configuration management tool. It helps in automation build, deploys and manages the CI pipeline and also provides the collaboration and makes clean and easy way for release. The Open Source code make it transparent and easy to debug and customize it. Chef is the best tool to pick form the CM DevOps option as it has the most features that need a CI pipeline need it at the time of development and delivery. Chef is highly scalable with high availability as backup master node is also there.
ConsImplementation is the most complex part. There should be wizards for the same to make it simple and easy. Master Node can be configured on linux only, So it makes it compulsory to know LINUX while setup of master node. ChefBook is not as easy as yaml scripting language.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 6, 2019
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Vandana G.
Business Analyst
Management Consulting, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 11, 2019

“Chef - A DevOps Tool to manage your all configuration.”

OverallWe manage the application and services so efficiently with it. The chef-solo also helps in learning and implementing the things. On production we use client/server mode to make it more productive. The elastic search indexing help the client node to handle the query in more efficient manner.
ProsChef is a powerful configuration management tool that manages and helps in automating the infrastructure with the advance software methodology . It helps in managing the timeline for release. Chef also provide the template infrastructure to configure the module according to the enterprise and DevOps standard. It really helps in deploying the project with the automation. It is written in Ruby and Erlang which run so efficiently on servers without using the must resources. The DevOps methodology helps in making a streamline for configuration and maintenance.
ConsImplementation of Chef and opting the DevOps methodology is one of the complex part of it. Master Node can be only configurable in Linux\Unix platform. Learning curves are sharp but the brief documentation help and never let you stuck in any step.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 11, 2019
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Nidhi S.
Co-Founder & CTO
Computer Games, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 15, 2019

“A tool for automation of complete infrastructure.”

OverallChef is one of the best and simplest tool for configuration management and automation for code infrastructures. Chef made the deployment of 500+ hybrid environment of different projects which makes it simple with the help of automation.
ProsChef is a complete automation tool which help us to build the efficient infrastructure of code. It also helps to simplify the configuration management, monitoring and deployment. The build in templates for cloud and on-premises help to setup the configuration. Integration with different cloud and OS make it dynamic to flexible. Chef is one of the best and easiest tool for configuration management. The event feed provide the one stop notification for our all configurations. The customized compliance help to generate the reports for audits.
ConsChef needs to provide the simple wizards to setup the master & client nodes for different environment. Documentation search engine should be more enhanced. Chef should also come with the PUSH configuration as it is always recommended in such case when our infrastructure is scaling to frequently.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 15, 2019
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Sanchita A.
Software Engineer
Telecommunications, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 7, 2018

“Chef - A robust configuration management DevOps tool”

OverallWe are using it in our production and Unit Test environment. The automation provide by the DevOps tool is really excellent. We have jump into the Chef Enterprise edition as it really helping us from so many years.
ProsChef is the one of the robust configuration management tool compared to the current market option. Chef is the DevOps engineers first choice as it is having a large community in the current dedicated market place. Highly scalability feature of the tool make it operation engineer first choice as it make possible to deploy the system with zero outage with the help of docker. Open source code provide the great transparency in the tool. Chef play a vital role in the DevOps software lifecycle as it manage the configuration and help to provide the automatic lifecycle.
ConsInstallation process is bit tricky, specially at the time of configuring master server for it. Master server can be setup on Linux/Unix machine. Chef need code based knowledge for scripting the tool which make it little complex. Documentation is also very large it must come with and fast guide.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 7, 2018
Emanuele S.
Cloud engineer
Information Technology and Services, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 12, 2019

“A robust platform for devops”

OverallI use chef to automate the process of installing and configuring middleware like Apache httpd, Jboss EAP, etc. with full proficiency in terms of time and quality.
ProsChef is a powerful platform which, once setup, permits to achieve a big efficiency on installation and configuration of complex middleware and software components, as well on deploying artefacts.
ConsLack of full retro compatibility when switching to new versions of software. Long learning curve is also a con.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 12, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Biotechnology, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 13, 2018

“Stands the test of time”

ProsWe've been using Chef in production for 7 years now. As other technologies have entered into the scene, Chef has continued to evolve and keep up with the latest trends. It remains a solid choice for configuration management and infrastructure deployment, whether on virtual machines, or containers.
ConsTemplating language can be a bit hard to learn especially for those not already familiar with the Ruby programming language.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 13, 2018
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Abhinav K.
Sr Software Integrator
Computer Software, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 6, 2018

“Chef - The Configuration Magement Tool”

OverallChef is configuration management tool which is helping in automation of deployment process by which we doing the same task with less amount of time with zero errors as its completely follow automatic process.
ProsChef is the one of the highly popular tool for configuration management tool for DevOps practice. Deploying of 100s severs with a automation process with zero human error can be possible by chef. Many MNCs and other organization are jumping to devOps with help of Chef. Its highy scalable with high availability of it as its having the provision of backup master agent server. Its design to deploy, configure and manage servers. Source Code is also available of GIT as its open source software tool.
ConsChef Master server can be configured to linux or unix, but client can be on wimdows also. Setup process is also lengthy then tool named Ansible. As it have to install for both master and client server to make it work.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 6, 2018
Biswajit M.
Production Engineer
Information Technology and Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 11, 2018

“Its nice to have such transparent configuration management tool”

OverallWe made our hardware infrastructure much easier to manage through chef.
ProsChef is an open source tool for configuration management, focused on the developer side for its user base. Chef operates as a master-client model, with a separate workstation needed to control the master. It's based in Ruby, with pure Ruby used for most elements you write. The Chef design is transparent and based on following the instructions it's given, which means that you'll have to make sure your instructions are clear.Chef is good for development-focused teams and environments. It's good for enterprises looking for a more mature solution for a heterogeneous environment.
Cons 1. The learning curve is steep if you're not already familiar with Ruby and procedural coding. 2. It's not a simple tool, which can lead to large code bases and complicated environments. 3. Doesn't support push functionality.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 11, 2018
Krishna S.
DevOps Engineer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
2/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2017

“Great for building systems the way we want them to be.”

ProsThe best thing about Chef is that we can force servers to have the files we want on them with the content that we want and make sure that packages are installed/updated without much effort.
ConsIf you decide a file/package should not be placed/installed on a server anymore you have to explicitly state that you want to remove it. Deciding not to install it is not enough. Also, the unit tests have a pretty steep learning curve.
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2017
Verified Reviewer
Automotive, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 25, 2019

“Amazingly powerful configuration management tool”

ProsChef is probably the best solution for enterprise configuration management. The language is very easy to use if you are familiar with Ruby and even if you are not the documentation is very easy to follow.
ConsIt is very resource intensive to perform Chef runs so is not very suited to low capacity server or VPS's. So its more suited to large enterprise where there are sufficient resources available.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 25, 2019
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Andrey P.
Senior SQL Server DBA
Information Technology and Services, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 9, 2019

“CM for DevOps”

OverallWorks great for automated cloud deployments
ProsEasy to implement, learn and use on daily basis for Configuration Management.
ConsWebIU does not allow modifucation of configurations
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 9, 2019
Tyler N.
Software Development
Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 9, 2018

“Satisfactory”

ProsReally liked that the ability that it allowed scaling to be done relatively easily and if I had any questions I got a response back quickly.
ConsSet up did take some time and using their API. No complaints other than that. They are also very friendly with support questions and answers.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 9, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: I used a free trial
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 10, 2018

“Configuration management on fingertips”

ProsMostly used for deploying on unit test systems(within 30 minutes) Automated software installation Simultaneously review the changes applied to servers
ConsNot powerful as compared to ansible Training recommended(should have basic coding skills)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 10, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 19, 2018

“A good tool for management machine configurations and tracking infrastructure.”

ProsOnce you configure your CLI and learn your away around setting up cookbooks and environments, it is easy to check in on the state of your infrastructure and perform updates and actions across many machines.
ConsIt can be difficult to track infrastructure as code if you have engineers making changes manually, and setting up permissions can be difficult at times.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 19, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
3/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 7, 2018

“Gets the job done with a minimal amount of setup and commands.”

ProsI like that I can configure an entire Oracle middleware environment within a matter of hours, instead of it taking days. This works well for our dev/qa/prod environments.
ConsNot very flexible with Windows configuration, there is also not a lot of documentation out there for specific Windows configurations.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 7, 2018
Abhishek J.
Student
Unspecified
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 19, 2018

“good for CM ”

Prosit helps in creating different nodes for different envronment and make runlist for each of them seaparately which makes configuration management easy.
Conssetting up the environment is difficult and gives many errors which can be avoided by bringing more automation to the process.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 19, 2018
Nupur G.
Senior Officer
Banking, Unspecified
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 18, 2018

“best devops tool ”

Proswhen it comes to configuration managementa nd maintianing same dependencies in various system chef can be used to write recepis and pulling them on the nodes.
ConsThe concept of chef server, node and workstation requires a lot of setup to start with.The process can be made more automated.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 18, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Internet, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019

“Server configuration automation and reporting with interface options.”

Overallgets the job done, medium ramp-up time to learn the syntax, plenty of features to make it worthwhile to use.
Proschef offers a CLI and GUI to report on fleets of deployed assets and configurations assigned to them.
Consgetting at individual attributes and hosts can be cumbersome to parse from the command output.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 16, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Retail, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 2, 2018

“Versatile product”

OverallOverall versatile and easy to use,takes time to deploy, customization may require scripting knowledge
ProsExtendable with scripting language, easy configuration files
ConsOther platforms have better pre configured deployment scripts
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 2, 2018
Vipallav G.
Team Lead
Computer Software, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
2/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 13, 2018

“nice for configuration managenet”

Prosgood to register nodes, then install cookbook sfrom supermarket. ready to use cookbooks simoly deploy them on registered nodes.
Consthe architecture of chef server, chef client and chef nodes is difficult to understand for beginners ,Also it have lot of authentication access formalties for setup.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 13, 2018
vijay k.
software engineer
Computer Software, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 20, 2018

“Good configuration management tool”

ProsChef is widely used in industry and hence has very good documentation and support. It has been designed for programmers mindset, very convient to write instructions in ruby. It can scale to large environment without much issues.
ConsIt has pull mechanism and schedules. Hence changes are not immediately observed. It has some learning curve. I found the setup is little bit complicated.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 20, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 15, 2018

“chef alows me to configure management”

Prosi have many registered nodes/system which i need to manage and run different scripts chef allows me to download scripts/cookbook from supermarket and i can execute the, on specific nodes.
ConsChef is a complicated software, though it have very huge capabilities but seting up chef architecture require great level of knowledge in devops .
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 15, 2018
Chirag B.
Software Engineer
Information Technology and Services, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: I used a free trial
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 24, 2018

“Best Node Manager Tool ”

ProsThis tool has an amazing command line tool which is knife which makes it really easy to connect with different nodes and deploy the containers and files on them. It have really great client and server architecture. Many scripts are already available ready to use.
ConsUnderstanding the tool is tough call in the beginning but once we get the basic terminology and installation clear, this tool is a great fun to use.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 24, 2018
MOSHE H.
DEVOPS ENGINEER
Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
1/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2017

“CONFIGURATION is great! ”

ProsI love this software! Its so easy to use. The support team is always on par and able to help me out.
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2017
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Raul D.
Software Engineer
Unspecified
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 8, 2018

“Very good ruby based CD and CI tool”

ProsIt has cloud configuration and automation, it includes management of security, you don't have to be a DevOps to use it, it has a world wide community. Eventhough it is Open Source is really stable, it offers analytics and reporting.
ConsIt is some how difficult to learn so the initial configurations and process are a bit hard, the delivery process has to be as canonical as posible, its documentation is not in one single container, and it could be difficult to find and review.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 8, 2018
Sanket K.
Student
Unspecified
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 9, 2018

“The main thing I liked about chef was that (as I am beginner), they have interactive tutorials.”

OverallI used it for horizontal scalability in my project. I created dedicated webserver and database server using chef.
Pros1) Easy and user-friendly user interface. 2) Configurations are quite easy. 3) Easy availability of various cookbooks on cookbook hub
Cons1) Some things from tutorial are missing like project can be used directly to create docker image and consequently container, later which can be used for chef-node.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 9, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Unspecified
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 10, 2018

“nice too for a server admin”

Prosthe documentation is very good, I find a lot of informations there besides what is available in other places.
ConsI for my self hate that mac is not supported as I do have to work on mac from time to time, so you are tied to windows and linux only.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 10, 2018