Chef’s Ken Cheney discusses HPE partnership to provide scalable infrastructure management
By Jennifer Goforth Gregory In today’s technology-driven world, where people expect information anytime, anywhere, it’s easy to talk about moving quickly and being scalable. But a top-notch experience for customers or employees simply isn’t possible without the proper IT infrastructure. Customers and employees don’t have time to wait for servers to be available – they need their infrastructure to be a simple API call away. Many businesses today have built their IT infrastructure manually, making it difficult to respond quickly to market changes. But by managing servers and data centers holistically, using the same philosophy across the entire organization through IT automation, enterprises are able manage a complex network and scale at a rapid pace. This is especially true for companies with hundreds of thousands of servers, such as Facebook, Amazon and large financial services firms.
Complementary technologies to manage and maintain infrastructure A recent partnership between HPE and IT automation pioneer Chef seamlessly integrates Chef technology with HPE OneView to help companies of all sizes manage their IT infrastructure. HPE OneView acts as a dashboard to manage infrastructure at scale by providing the basics of getting your system ready for the client. Once the systems are ready, companies can use Chef’s automation platform to provision infrastructure assets. Chef is the secret ingredient supporting many household brands – in fact, more than half of the Fortune 50 are Chef customers. By bringing together the two products, companies such as Dreamworks can leverage Chef’s prebuilt “recipes” to configure a server from the ground up, while using HPE OneView to improve IT collaboration and deploy infrastructure assets faster. “The two technologies are very complementary. HPE OneView does all of the heavy lifting around laying down what’s required from a firmware bios, workload-specific perspective, and making sure networking storage resources are available,” says Ken Cheney, Vice President of Business Development at Chef. “Chef then injects the sub-clients, which in turn manage and maintain the server configuration,” he adds. “The combination of the two technologies is very powerful – automation at scale and the ability to define state policy for maintenance.” Partnering up in more ways than one For HPE and Chef, the partnership is much more than a commercial agreement. In addition to HPE and Chef leveraging each other’s platforms, HPE is both a Chef customer and an investor, taking part in Chef’s Series E round last year. “We regularly visit customers together and talk about our joint technology as well as where the market in going,” explains Cheney. Additionally, HPE’s Technology Services business includes Chef in its advisory support specific to HPE environments, helping to add value to their customers. “HPE has the ability to provide the right kind of hardware for the right kind of workload, coupled with the underlying provisional capability to allow the hardware to be properly configured,” says Cheney. “This is going to become even more critical in the future as organizations really embrace what it means to be software-driven. HPE is squarely positioned to help organizations optimize workloads that will be far superior to the public cloud for many years.” Find out more about HPE OneView – the infrastructure automation engine that eliminates manual process, spurs IT collaboration and increases the speed and flexibility of IT service delivery.