Chef, a popular tool for automating and deploying IT infrastructure, has now been made available on the AWS Marketplace.
The move means that users of Amazon's cloud platform can purchase Chef in the same way as other AWS resources, even as they use Chef to manage their AWS workloads.
Announced at the AWS Summit in New York, the availability of Chef on the AWS Marketplace enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of Chef together with other investments in AWS to see greater automation of cloud-hosted infrastructure.
Chef is a widely used tool for building, deploying and managing IT infrastructure in data centres and cloud-based environments, based around the concept of user-definable 'recipes' for producing the desired configuration.
Chef has been able to support automation of AWS workloads for some time, but the availability of Chef on the AWS Marketplace takes the integration to a new level, offering one-click deployment and pay-as-you-go billing alongside a customer's other AWS resources.
It also allows AWS customers to consume Chef at an hourly rate, paying as they scale up.
AWS Marketplace vice president Dave McCann acknowledged that Chef is one of the leading offerings for DevOps workflows that customers rely on to operate their infrastructure.
"Our customers want easy-to-use software like Chef that is available for immediate purchase and deployment in AWS Marketplace. This new partnership demonstrates our focus on offering low-friction DevOps tools to power customers' businesses," he said.
Chef was developed by a company called Opscode but the firm decided to change its name to reflect that of its core product, becoming Chef at the end of 2013.
Ken Cheney, vice president of business development at Chef, said that his firm is excited to expand on its partnership with AWS.
"Together, we're delivering a single source for automation, cloud and DevOps so businesses everywhere can spend minimal calories on managing infrastructure and maximise their ability to develop the software driving today's economy," he said.
Chef provides a platform for automating cloud deployments, enabling users to manage their entire infrastructure and seamlessly migrate workloads between different IT environments. Pricing starts from about $6 (£3.90) per node per month.
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