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August 28, 2015 1:12 AM ET

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Company Overview of Chef, Inc.

Company Overview

Chef, Inc. provides cloud-based infrastructure automation solutions. It offers configuration management, a solution to manage complex infrastructure; cloud management that enables users to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions, as well as build, destroy, and rebuild servers on public or private cloud; and DevOps, a solution for collaboration between development and operations. The company also provides Enterprise Chef that automates user infrastructure that accelerates time to market, helps users to manage scale and complexity, and safeguards their systems; and professional services that include planning, training and skill development, and project-based ser...

1008 Western Avenue

Suite 600

Seattle, WA 98104

United States

Founded in 2008





Key Executives for Chef, Inc.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer and Director
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President of Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Chef, Inc. Key Developments

Chef Announces Executive Appointments

Chef announced that James Casey has been appointed as Vice President of Engineering. Casey has more than a decade of experience managing engineering and operations for CERN and is a three-year Chef veteran. Casey brings deep expertise in DevOps practices, as well as an innate understanding of the needs of Chef customers and the community. Casey will oversee the quality and cadence of product development for Chef's engineering and operations teams, and will report to company's CEO Barry Crist. Chef's engineering practice is designed to continually accelerate the delivery of products to customers and itself set the bar for high velocity software development. Casey leads company's development and operations teams, and joins company's CTO Adam Jacob and Chef vice president Jez Humble in driving constant improvement of company's engineering speed and quality. Casey is responsible for managing all of engineering, while Jacob focuses on product and open source strategy, and Humble drives company's analytical approach to engineering process evolution and refinement. The company also announced that Nicole Forsgren, Ph.D, has joined as Director of Organizational Performance and Analytics. Forsgren is the lead investigator behind the 2014 State of DevOps Report, which she and Humble worked on together to measure the business impact of DevOps. Forsgren brings her expertise in analytics and DevOps patterns to help Chef become the most efficient engineering organization in the industry. Prior to joining the company, Casey was Director of Operations at Simple. Prior to Simple, Casey worked at CERN in several technical and management roles for the IT department. Earlier in his career Casey held software developer positions at a range of organizations. Forsgren was most recently Professor of Management Information Systems and Accounting at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. In addition to being the lead investigator on the 2014 State of DevOps report, Nicole chaired the 2014 USENIX LISA conference and worked in enterprise storage at IBM for several years.

Chef Opens New Seattle Headquarters

Chef announced new Seattle headquarters amidst rapid growth. The company's new office is located in Seattle's more historic Pioneer Square neighborhood at 619 Western Avenue. Doubling its current headcount, the company plans to add 200 employees in 2015. The company is leasing three floors of the 619 Western building in Seattle's iconic Pioneer Square neighborhood. The space features a rustic, open design with 36,000 square feet of dynamic workspace.

Chef Releases Chef 12 to Power DevOps Practices in the Enterprise

Chef released Chef 12, the next generation of its IT automation platform. Chef 12 delivers a single, open-source code base augmented by premium features, enabling maximum open-source innovation and delivering that value for commercial customers. Chef 12 includes new high availability, replication, and analytics capabilities. Chef 12 also provides comprehensive integration with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), VMware's vSphere and vCloud Air, and Amazon Web Services (AWS). These integrations strengthen Chef's position as the foremost platform for automating IT infrastructure and application delivery across Windows, Linux, and Unix, in the data center or on any combination of cloud platforms. The cloud has become a central priority for enterprises, and organizations are adopting web-scale practices, including DevOps, to accelerate their IT operations and delivery. As enterprises embrace these new web-scale practices, their environments require larger deployments of Chef. Chef introduced new subscription tiers to serve its broad customer base, from web startups to the large enterprises. The new Chef Enterprise subscription includes enterprise-focused software features and an unprecedented level of proactive engagement and support. This new offering accelerates and de-risks the enterprise adoption of DevOps and the journey to web speed and scale. By streamlining its product offerings, introducing advanced enterprise functionality, and setting a new bar for proactive engagement, Chef further solidifies its position as the IT automation platform for companies on the forefront of DevOps and web-scale IT. Chef is releasing Chef 12 with the following new features: Single Code Base: Chef 12 converges its open-source and premium features using a unified code base. This approach both supports open-source innovation and delivers that value to commercial customers. The open source community remains engaged and benefits from timely bug fixes and improvements. Commercial customers get features designed for enterprise use cases and also benefit from commercial support for emerging open-source tools. Open source users can easily upgrade to premium features without reinstallation. Similarly, commercial customers can disable premium features if their needs change. New "Freemium" Subscription Model: Chef now offers three usage tiers all based on a single code base to address the entire range of customer needs: Chef Enterprise subscription, Chef subscription, and Chef Essentials. Chef Enterprise subscription is an annual enterprise license agreement. It includes a high level of proactive engagement with DevOps experts at Chef. It also includes commercial support for the entire tool chain, including open source tools for test-driven infrastructure. Other Chef Enterprise subscription advantages are Chef cookbook build assistance and 24x7 support. Chef subscription offers a per-node annual pricing model backed by standard support. Chef Essentials is the free usage tier. Premium features can easily be turned on and are included for free up to 25 nodes of on-premises Chef Essentials and up to five nodes for the hosted version. High Availability: Chef 12 delivers maximum system availability and uptime. Users can implement a high availability (HA) strategy in any environment. A block storage device -- physical, virtual or cloud-based -- acts as a backup for the Chef server. HA ensures that Chef runs without interruption, even if the Chef server's primary node fails. The new HA feature for Chef 12 uses AWS's block storage service as its backing store. Connections to additional cloud and physical storage area network (SAN) devices will be added. Replication: Chef 12 enables customers to manage globally distributed infrastructure from a single view. Users can asynchronously replicate policies between Chef servers located in different data centers or cloud environments. The single view means that infrastructure management is consistent across all locations. Chef Analytics Platform: Chef 12 includes a new analytics platform. It provides an action log that gives visibility into all activity on the Chef server and lays the foundation for Chef's investments in features for audit and compliance. Commercial Support for Test-Driven Infrastructure: The Chef Enterprise subscription provides commercial support for tools that enable test-driven infrastructure (TDI). TDI ensures infrastructure reliability and consistency through automated testing of the entire stack. Windows PowerShell DSC Integration: Chef 12 allows users to write recipes that treat any DSC resource as a Chef resource. Integration with DSC makes it easy to manage Windows components with Chef and implement a cross-platform IT automation strategy. VMware vSphere and vCloud Air Interoperability: Chef 12 seamlessly integrates with VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Air, enabling developers to easily automate infrastructure and applications across virtual data center and hybrid cloud environments. Container Workflow Automation: Chef provides end-to-end management of container workflows. A new version of the Chef client integrates with containers, enabling seamless management of container resources. Chef also offers a Knife Plugin for Docker integration, enabling users to launch, configure, and manage Docker containers.

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