Chef eyes hybrid cloud holdouts with new cloud-migration tool

Months after it overhauled its entire product strategy around its open-source principles, Chef has some new ideas to make money off the looming masses of cloud computing holdouts.

Chef plans to introduce several new features to its newly christened Enterprise Automation Stack, a commercial distribution of Chef’s open-source projects that the company introduced earlier this year, in kicking off ChefConf 2019 Tuesday in Seattle. They include a new cloud-migration tool that can help potential customers ready their applications for cloud computing, as well as a new dashboard that the company says will improve visibility across applications.


Chef is trying to make its products easier to use, and by extension, easier for enterprise companies that have yet to embrace cloud-native ideas to get up and running, said Brian Goldfarb, chief marketing officer for Chef.

“When we talk about the Enterprise Automation Stack, this is really our efforts to take a set of disparate products that were working together and bring them together under one distribution,” Goldfarb said. The overhaul of Chef’s products around a new open-source philosophy took several months, according to company representatives, and it is now starting to see what current and potential customers want as they modernize their technology infrastructure.

The Chef EAS Migration Accelerator promises to make it easier to move aging applications into cloud computing environments by finding all the dependencies in Microsoft Windows applications and repackaging them in a Chef-friendly way, cutting down the amount of time required to get older applications into Chef’s system.



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