Infrastructure Automation with Opscode Chef

Joshua Timberman (Opscode, Inc.), Adam Jacob (Chef), Christopher Brown (Opscode), Aaron Peterson (Opscode), Matt Ray (Opscode), Seth Chisamore (Opscode, Inc.)
Operations, Velocity Culture Ballroom EFGH
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Infrastructure is code. The separation between how you manage infrastructure and applications is disappearing.

System administrators love Chef because it gives them flexibility to integrate all aspects of their infrastructure such as monitoring and trending tools with applications. Software developers love Chef because it helps them take care of the muck so they can focus on writing great applications.

This workshop will cover:

- How system integration goes beyond just configuration management.
- Chef’s architecture and design including tools and capabilities
- Anatomy of a Chef run.
- Chef concepts, such as Roles, Recipes, Clients, Nodes.
- How to download, customize and use existing cookbooks.
- How to write data driven cookbooks that use the Chef Server search indexes and data storage.

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Joshua Timberman

Opscode, Inc.

Joshua Timberman has over 10 years experience in Linux and Unix system administration. He has worked for companies from 5 person startups, up to the largest IT company in the world. His background includes deploying highly available enterprise application environments and providing internal infrastructure services and team-based training. Joshua currently works for Opscode, where he is an infrastructure cooking expert with Chef. He speaks at local user group meetings and has a passion for teaching people how to make the most out of automation.

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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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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 serving as
a Technical 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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Matt Ray


Matt Ray is a Senior Technical Evangelist for Opscode and the open source systems integration platform Chef. He is active in the OpenStack community and was previously the Community Manager for Zenoss Core. He has been active in the open source community for well over a decade and was one of the founders of the Texas LinuxFest and ChefConf. He blogs at and is @mattray on Twitter, IRC and GitHub.

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Seth Chisamore

Opscode, Inc.

Seth Chisamore has over 12 years of experience with all aspects of web and enterprise application development, deployment and support. He has worked for companies of all sizes, from the largest IT consulting firms and Ad Networks all the way down to 20 person startups. Seth currently resides in Atlanta, GA where he works for Opscode Inc., the creator of Chef. He has a passion for all things agile and loves helping customers build dynamic, data-driven infrastructures.

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