Quantifying DevOps Outcomes: Managing Risk

Last week, we held our second webinar in a four part series focused on digital transformation. In that session, we focused on why mitigating risk is essential to increasing speed. In case you missed it, you can watch a recording of the second episode, “Managing Risk” below. Outperformance means shipping software faster, but also more safely […]

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Continuous Compliance with InSpec: Bay Area Chef Meetup at Wealthfront

Last month, I spoke at the The Bay Area Chef Meetup, hosted by long time #ChefFriends, Wealthfront. They shared their Chef development process beginning with local dev, using Test Kitchen, all the way through their automated testing pipeline. There were also a lot of great discussions about test driven development practices. You can learn more […]

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Chef Survey 2017: Results

We’re happy to announce that the Chef Survey 2017 results are in. Many thanks to everyone who participated and made their voice heard. Our survey focused on gaining a better understanding of the trends in productivity, workforce roles, and technology adoption amongst Chef users in our community. In the first few weeks of January we received over 1500 responses. While […]

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Chef Automate’s New Release Cadence

Over the last year, we’ve adopted a monthly release cadence for chef-client and chefdk. That regular cadence has served us well, allowing users to predictably plan for and schedule upgrades. Today, we’re pleased to announce that Chef Automate will follow suit and also adopt a monthly release cadence. This change allows customers to more easily […]

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Set up a Patch Management System Using Chef Automate

How does Chef handle patch management? The short answer is: it depends. For some organizations, patch management is simply a matter of running vendor-recommended updates on a fairly regular interval, while having the flexibility to install on-demand updates as vulnerabilities like 0-days require. For others, environments must be entirely air gapped, and multiple internal repositories and […]

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Automating Compliance at Equifax

We’re continuing our series of Skills Library articles spotlighting Equifax’s use of Chef and DevOps to drive real outcomes for both its IT operations, and business as a whole. Read the first article here, the second article here, and read on below for an overview of the third article. Equifax Inc. is a global leader […]

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Automating compliance for financial services

We’ve been talking about the importance of incorporating compliance into your development workflow for a while now. With Chef Automate, we’ve delivered an enterprise-grade solution for turning compliance policy into code. We’ve written a whitepaper, recorded a webinar, and created a tutorial and documentation that all detail how you can integrate compliance into your deployment […]

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Manage Secrets with Chef and HashiCorps Vault

On November 22, 2016, I presented a webinar with Seth Vargo on managing secrets with Chef and HashiCorp’s Vault. Our very large and highly engaged audience came prepared with great questions. We started off talking about generic secrets, and why you should start rotating them. From there, Seth went into the traditional ways you do secrets with […]

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Assess and remediate your Windows Servers with Chef

I’m pleased to announce two new Chef assets that enable you to assess and remediate your Windows 2012 R2 Servers using the compliance feature of Chef Automate. They are both basic, initial examples, but demonstrate how you can use a compliance profile in conjunction with a cookbook to apply best practice server hardening. Windows Hardening Benchmark […]

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