This week’s highlights: “Q&A with Lucas Welch - Senior Communications Manager at Opscode: What’s cooking at Opscode?” (see below) and OpenStack Board of Directors Talks: Episode 7 with Joshua McKenty, co-Founder and CTO of Piston Cloud Computing.

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Q&A with Lucas Welch Senior Communications Manager at Opscode: What’s cooking at Opscode?

You recently made a couple of announcements. Can you tell us in a nutshell: What’s cooking at Opscode?
It's been a big week here at Opscode. On Monday, 2/4, we announced the next generation of our open source automation platform, Chef 11, rewritten from the ground-up in the Erlang programming language and now using the PostreSQL database, delivering massive scale improvements – you can manage 10,000 nodes with a single Chef 11 server. We also announced that for the first time we are offering paid support for Open Source Chef users. On the commercial side, we announced significant enhancements to our enterprise product, Private Chef, including a new management console, activity reporting and ad-hoc job execution. Private Chef is based on Chef 11. Finally, we announced Facebook has deployed Private Chef to automate configuration and management for their entire web-tier infrastructure.

Can you tell us what Chef is and what’s new in the latest generation?
Opscode Chef is an open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating at scale. No matter how complex an environment or business, the realities of business, Chef makes it easy to deploy servers and scale applications throughout an entire infrastructure. By combining configuration management and service-oriented architectures, Chef makes it easy to create smooth, fully automated infrastructure while simplifying systems management. As to what's new, please see my previous answer.

You just recently started a “Chef 11 In-Depth” blog post series. Which topics do you plan to cover?
In short, we're going to geek out and go deep under the hood of Chef 11. Much more than just the move to the Erlang programming language, we'll provide details, justification and benefit documentation for all the new features, from the testing suite to improved Windows integration. For those who like to get technical, this is your blog series.

Do you plan Chef webinars and trainings in the nearest future?
Definitely, lots of them. Check this out:
February 12 - Chicago
February 19 - Miami
February 26 - Los Angeles
February 28 - Denver
March 7 - Atlanta
March 13 – San Diego
March 21 - Boston
March 26 - Philadelphia
To see the list in aggregate on Eventbrite visit

Where do people find further information on Opscode and Chef?
I recommend starting at and then going to For more technical details, should go to and you can find a ton of goodness on our Community site here:

Can you point us to Opscode folks to follow at Twitter?
Sure thing. You can start with Then follow our co-founder and creator of Chef Adam Jacob at and our CTO Christopher Brown at

Thank you very much, Lucas.
You’re welcome, Rafael.


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Cloudscaling: “What can CIOs learn from Shadow IT?” by Michael Grant

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Mirantis: “Consumerization of IT or Death: OpenStack and Agile IT Operations” by David M. Fishman

Mirantis: “Prizefight: OpenStack vs. VMware” by Lee Xie

OpenStack Foundation: “OpenStack Delhi NCR Meetup” 02-22-2013

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Opscode: “Opscode Continuous Delivery Automation Demo”

Opscode: “Chef Client 11.2.0, 10.20.0 Released!” by Bryan McLellan

Opscode: “Chef 11 In-Depth: Client Improvements” by Dan DeLeo

Opscode: “Chef 11 In-Depth: Attributes Changes” by Dan DeLeo

Opscode: “Achieving “Awesomness” with Opscode Chef (Part I)” by Stathy Touloumis

Opscode: “Facebook Likes Opscode and Private Chef”

Opscode: “Opscode Unleashes New Generation of Chef”

Opscode: “Opscode Offers Commercial Support for Open Source Chef 11”

Opscode: “Opscode Updates Private Chef for the Enterprise”

Opscode: “Cycle Computing Puts Chef 11 Through its Paces at 10K+ Servers in AWS”  

Piston Cloud:

Rackspace: “Talkin’ Cloud – Rackspace Rallies Partners Around OpenStack Private Clouds”

Rackspace: “Run Like Rackspace: An Open Cloud In Your Data Center”

SUSE: “SUSE’s partnership with Dell” by Phillip Cockrell

SwiftStack: “Come Join the OpenStack Swift API Sprint at PyCon 2013”


“Crowbar 2 Model Review 2013-02-05” Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Youtube Channel

“Crowbar 2 Planning 2013-01-31” by Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Youtube Channel

“Crowbar 2 Design 2013-02-06” by Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Youtube Channel

“Behavior Driven Development (BDD) and Crowbar” by Rob Hirschfeld - Personal Blog

“OpenStack Board of Directors Talks: Episode 7 with Joshua McKenty, co-Founder and CEO of Piston Cloud Computing” by Rafael Knuth - Dell TechCenter


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