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Chef Helps MSN Accelerate Application Deployment by 50 Percent

SEATTLE, WA — (Marketwired) — 07/06/16 — , the leader in automation for , today announced is using the Chef IT automation platform to configure and deploy applications throughout its large-scale infrastructure. By combining the elasticity of Azure with Chef–s ability to easily automate complex infrastructure and application workflows, Chef has helped MSN accelerate application deployment times by 50 percent for the majority of MSN websites.

Chef, which is directly on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, helps enterprises quickly and easily , , and manage large-scale Windows and Linux workloads. MSN has deployed Chef across thousands of Azure-based Windows Server virtual machines to create an automated application development and deployment workflow.

Chef provided MSN with a scalable automation platform and a well-established user community that enables weekly, even continuous, deployments of the complicated applications powering MSN web properties:

By using Chef to automate the application deployment process, MSN has reduced application deployment times by 50 percent.

The Azure cloud offers a highly-reliable and inexpensive infrastructure that, when combined with Chef–s flexibility, can be easily scaled up and down to meet all of MSN–s elastic compute needs. A single Chef Server allows MSN to manage applications across thousands of nodes.

Chef has created a transparent and shared repository of code for MSN–s application development and management workflow, ensuring configurations and delivery procedures can be easily repeated without additional coding. Chef–s interoperation with Azure and Powershell Desired State Configuration (DSC) makes configuration definitions more reliable and applications less susceptible to failure.

Chef enables MSN to build logical topologies — combining cloud environments from different geographic or organizational areas into logically integrated, fluid compute systems. MSN can automate dependency management within its infrastructure to more easily allocate resources for maximum efficiency.

MSN wrote a reusable Chef bootstrapper for the Azure Platform as a Service (PaaS), which utilizes the existing fabric capabilities and provisions of Azure for the Chef Client on the underlying Windows Server virtual machines. , available as a NuGet package so any organization can easily take similar steps to provision Chef onto Azure PaaS to automate management.

“We operate a massive, complex collection of web properties that must be up and running no matter the traffic demands. Chef gives us powerful automation capabilities for turbocharging our application deployment workflow to meet user demand, while helping us maximize the many benefits of Microsoft Azure.”

— Eugene Chigirinskiy, Group Engineering Manager, MSN

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Founded in 2008, Chef Software is changing the way companies build and deliver software to delight customers. Chef is the leader in automation for DevOps, empowering customers to build and operate high velocity organizations. Built on a strong open source foundation, we have distilled the proven patterns and practices for fast and scalable software development into our leading IT automation platform. Chef automates the continuous and unified delivery of applications and infrastructure, enabling enterprises worldwide to deliver software much faster with minimal risk. With hundreds of commercial customers and tens of thousands of open source community members, we are leading one of the strongest technology movements today. Our company is based in Seattle, WA, and financed by DFJ Growth, DFJ Ventures, Battery Ventures, Citi Ventures, Ignition, and ScaleVP. Learn more about Chef at .

Lucas Welch

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