Infrastructure Automation with Chef

Operations Ballroom CD
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Infrastructure is code – the separation between how you manage your infrastructure and how you build your applications is disappearing. Adam Jacob, CTO of Opscode and primary author of Chef, will teach you what this means in practice – through showing how to deploy real-world applications with Chef on EC2.

We’ll talk about:

Deploying Web Applications… * Ruby on Rails * Catalyst * Django * Tomcat * PHP
Setting up Database Servers… * MySQL * PostgreSQL
Automating Monitoring and Trending… * Nagios * Munin * Ganglia
Centrally managing your application configuration

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Adam Jacob


A twelve year system operations veteran, Adam is the CTO of Opscode, whose mission is to bring “Infrastructure Automation to the Masses”. He is the primary author of Chef.

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Joshua Timberman

Opscode, Inc.

Joshua Timberman has over 10 years experience in Linux and Unix system administration. His background includes deploying highly available enterprise application environments and providing internal infrastructure services and team-based training. Joshua currently works for Opscode as a technical program manager, where he is responsible for Opscode’s open source Chef cookbooks and Chef Fundamentals training course materials.

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Christopher Brown


Christopher Brown is VP of Engineering at Opscode and previously of
Microsoft, where he was a director of engineering for the Edge Computing
Network within Global Foundation Services. Prior to Microsoft,
Christopher was a founding member, architect, and lead developer for’s Elastic Compute Cloud (“EC2”). He holds several patents in
the areas of internet routing, VM/runtime hosting, content delivery and
cloud computing.

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Aaron Peterson


Aaron Peterson is a seasoned systems and networking engineer and tech evangelist for Opscode, the makers of Chef. He has wielded
real-time command-line kung fu to tens of thousands of servers at once
and automated global production infrastructure at He is
excited about information design and visualization, scale, and analysis.

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Phil Chen
06/25/2010 4:49am PDT

Good talk, it definitely peaks my interest enough to give Chef a whirl.

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Adam Jacob
06/23/2010 2:58am PDT

We’re uploading the slides now :)

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Kevin Stewart
06/23/2010 1:42am PDT

Absolutely fantastic session! Too bad the fire alarms went off near the end…

Julio Castellon
06/22/2010 8:30am PDT

would you post the presentation for the people who was in the yahoo presentation? , It seems intersting to review.

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Ernest Mueller
06/22/2010 8:24am PDT

Chef seems awesome and the session was good, though it lost me when we got to the demo… Too bad it was cut short by the fire alarm! Session notes here:

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Matthew Sacks
05/28/2010 1:52am PDT

This is my top pick for operations workshops. Automation knowledge are essential skills for system administrators and architects.

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