What is Chef?

Chef is a configuration management tool. It uses a pure-Ruby, domain-specific language (DSL) for writing system configuration "recipes"



Chef is used to streamline the task of configuring and maintaining servers, and can integrate with cloud-based platforms such  Amazon EC2, Google Cloud Platform, OpenStack, Microsoft Azure, etc… to automatically provision and configure new machines.


Use Chef Compliance to express your infrastructure security requirements as code and automate the assessment and remediation of your IT infrastructure.

Cloud Management

Chef gives the flexibility needed to manage a dynamic, cloud-based infrastructure, no matter which cloud provider we use now-or in the future.

Configuration Management

Use Chef to create a code-based model for your infrastructure. Consistently deploy servers and scale applications. Align resources with specific policies and business goals. Save time by automating manual tasks.


Chef lets you manage your containers in a versionable, testable and repeatable way. Chef gives you the power to build an efficient workflow that’s suitable for each stage of your container-based development and release pipeline.

Continuous Delivery

Jump-start your adoption of continuous delivery with Chef Delivery. Chef Delivery provides an automated workflow that encapsulates a set of DevOps principles.

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How Vital Labs can help?

Vital Labs can help in requirement analysis, feasibility study, design, implement and testing.

How it works?

  • The user writes “recipes” that describe how Chef manages server applications and utilities and how they are to be configured.
  • These recipes describe a series of resources that should be in a particular state: packages that should be installed, services that should be running, or files that should be written.
  • These various resources can be configured to specific versions of software to run and can ensure that software is installed in the correct order based on dependencies. Chef makes sure each resource is properly configured and corrects any resources that are not in the desired state.
  • In order to integrate Chef with docker there are plenty of cookbooks available. The popular ones being
    -Docker Cookbook
    -Chef-etcd Cookbook
    -Kitchen Docker, etc…
  • If we want to create a fresh Cookbook suiting for customized needs, then we can make use of docker-api gem to interact programmatically with the Docker API from within Chef recipes.