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Chef founder's new venture: IT infrastructure digital twins

Feature | IT Operations

System Initiative, out in private beta this week, visualizes complex IT environments in digital simulations where users can test updates before ...

Progress steers Chef InSpec toward CSPM

News | IT Operations

After a rocky first year, Progress Software has tightened Chef product integrations and solidified roadmap plans that focus on InSpec and CSPM.

Implement compliance-as-code with this Chef InSpec tutorial

Video | IT Operations

Rather than rely on manual compliance checks, IT admins can use Chef InSpec to automate the process. Watch this brief video to learn essential InSpec...

Ansible vs. Chef vs. Puppet vs. SaltStack: A comparison

Feature | IT Operations

For teams that oversee ecosystems and software packages, configuration management tools have the power to boost operational consistency. But which ...

Chef partners get new channel program for DevOps tools

News | IT Channel

Chef revamped its channel strategy and launched a new partner program. The new program addresses inconsistencies in the company's previous partnering...

Chef software broadens scope amid IT automation disruption

News | IT Operations

Chef seeks a new niche as IT automation shifts toward Kubernetes and cloud-native tools, but IT pros have many options, with some more appealing than...

4. Jesse Robbins, Founding CEO, Opscode

Photo Story | Cloud Computing

Chef (software)

Definition | IT Operations

Chef is an open source systems management and cloud infrastructure automation platform.

Progress Software battles legacy rep amid Chef Software buy

News | IT Operations

Progress Software, a 40-year-old tech company, will mix Chef products into its portfolio of acquisitions, as both seek to keep up with rapid changes ...

Chef outage fuels technology ethics debate

News | IT Operations

Software companies have been embroiled in high-profile ethical controversies in the past two years, driving industry debate about just how ...

Chef demos Windows Server 2008 migration

News |

Windows Server 2008 R2 reaches end of support in January 2020. Businesses using older Windows server software have little time to redevelop code

Chef IT automation invigorates legacy apps amid cloud surge

News | IT Operations

Chef Software's Habitat tool carved out a niche as it matured, among enterprise IT pros tasked with modernizing legacy data center apps.

Chef licensing changes prompt debate among IT pros

News | IT Operations

IT pros who use Chef automation software have mixed reactions to the company's plan to revamp its software licensing strategy.

Former Chef Software CTO talks IT automation, open source

News | IT Operations

Chef Software's founder, Adam Jacob, built widely used IT automation software for the enterprise. Now that he's no longer CTO, he's taking a break ...

Chef InSpec users wrestle with compliance as code

News | IT Operations

Learning the ins and outs of the Chef InSpec product is only half the battle for compliance as code. The thornier task for some enterprises is to ...

Chef InSpec 3.0 horns in on Terraform territory

News | IT Operations

Chef InSpec 3.0 can scan Terraform infrastructure-as-code files for security and compliance gaps, which knocked HashiCorp Sentinel off the evaluation...

What Chef configuration management can do for your IT systems

Feature | IT Operations

Chef configuration management tools possess a huge community of users. Learn more about product versions, capabilities, user resources and what Chef ...

Chef Habitat offers a different take on configuration management

Tip | IT Operations

Chef Habitat's strategy focuses on the dynamic application environment instead of static servers, approaching configuration management with a new ...

Chef Habitat early adopters sing app automation praises

News | IT Operations

Chef Habitat can ease application deployments and updates, and ensure high availability, but there's still a lot of confusion among IT pros about ...

Chef Automate 2.0 renews appeal to DevOps shops

News | IT Operations

Chef Automate 2.0 lays the groundwork for tighter integration between the IT automation software and third-party tools, as Chef stakes its claim in ...

Chef's InSpec 2.0 brings compliance automation to the cloud

Podcast |

Enterprises have been quick to adopt automation tools for development and deployment but only recently have organizations started adopting security ...

Automating development and deployment with Chef and Puppet

Feature |

Looking for ways to simplify development and deployment? Here we explore the approach the tools Chef and Puppet take to addressing these challenges.

Chef gets compliments for network automation tool features

News | Networking

Networking industry pros discuss the Chef automation tool and how it can be used as a network automation tool. They also examine the evolution of AI ...

Chef InSpec widens the compliance-as-code possibilities with v2.0

News | IT Operations

Chef InSpec 2.0 adds infrastructure tests for compliance policy enforcement, and the tool's expansion into more areas of the DevOps workflow won't ...

Custom GPTs: Examples and how to build

Feature | WhatIs

Discover how custom GPTs offer ChatGPT users a no-code way to personalize their chatbot experience. Learn about the benefits, setup process and ...

ChefConf 2020 cites partner role in digital transformation

News | IT Channel

Executives speaking at ChefConf cited the role of partners in guiding customers through the sometimes difficult digital transformation journey. Chef ...

infrastructure as code (IaC)

Definition | IT Operations

Infrastructure as code, also referred to as IaC, is an IT practice that codifies and manages underlying IT infrastructure as software.

Chef CTO urges action to prevent DevOps staff burnout

News |

Chef CTO Adam Jacob has called on enterprises to cultivate a supportive working culture to protect DevOps staff from burnout

Explore native and third-party VM automation tools' features

Tip | IT Operations

VMware and Microsoft offer native tools that provide VM automation capabilities, but admins should also look at third-party vendors, such as Chef, ...

Facebook completes Chef DevOps migration, shares lessons

Feature | IT Operations

The mistakes, best practices and tools that Facebook shares from its migration to Chef configuration management apply to your DevOps shop too.

DevOps engineer

Definition | IT Operations

A DevOps engineer is an IT professional who works with software developers, systems operators and other production IT staff to oversee code releases ...

CIO interview: Carter Busse, CIO, Workato

News |

Workato CIO Carter Busse talks up the company’s approach towards automation and its efforts to drive the technology across its business

10 DevOps engineer skills to add to your resume

Tip | IT Operations

DevOps plays a critical role in modern IT. As app development and deployment practices change, orgs will seek pros with hands-on experience -- and ...


Definition | IT Operations

Ansible is an open source IT automation platform from Red Hat.

Google Search Generative Experience AI updated for images

News | Enterprise AI

The update enables the vendor to continue to push generative AI technology to the masses while showing enterprises how they can use different models ...

Use resource tagging to optimize cloud costs

Tutorial | Cloud Computing

When it comes to cost management in cloud computing, tags and additional metadata can help with reporting, allocation and optimization ...

CloudOps (cloud operations)

Definition | Cloud Computing

Cloud operations (CloudOps) is the management, delivery and consumption of software in a computing environment where there is limited visibility into...

3 key steps when creating a DevOps implementation plan

Opinion | IT Operations

Shifting to the DevOps model can be complicated and challenging. Set your team up for success by learning which areas to prioritize at the early ...

Testing infrastructure as code: A complete guide

Tip | IT Operations

IaC, when implemented correctly, can benefit enterprises' CD pipelines. But, when the code isn't tested before deployment, things can go awry. Follow...

How to upgrade RHEL 8 to 9

Tutorial | Data Center

With CentOS 7 and RHEL 7 reaching end of maintenance, RHEL admins and developers must look into other OS options. Follow this tutorial to upgrade ...

cloud provisioning

Definition | IT Channel

Cloud provisioning is the allocation of a cloud provider's resources and services to a customer.

Takeaways from Oktane23: Okta AI, universal logout and more

Opinion | Security

New game-changing security features from Okta speed threat detection and response times, enabling IT pros to log all users out of applications during...

Meta’s Threads hits app stores, but no EU launch in sight

News |

Meta’s Twitter competitor makes its debut and signs up millions of users in just 12 hours, but concerns over compliance with the EU’s Digital Markets...

DevOps automation: Examples, tradeoffs and best practices

Tip | IT Operations

Automation can be a faster way of doing things right or wrong. Planning and review can determine which outcome will prevail on your DevOps ...

Demystify the DevOps process, step by step

Tip | IT Operations

While varying definitions and vendor marketing spins can make the meaning of DevOps tough to nail down, there are concrete principles and processes ...

MinIO airs Weka licensing complaint

News | Storage

MinIO launched a blog battle with Weka on its use of the former's object store, with both claiming to be in the right.

Compare 8 network automation tools

Feature | Networking

The right network automation platform can help admins build and oversee company networks. Discover some of the top choices in the market and the ...

5 network requirements for cloud computing

Tip | Networking

Network and cloud teams should consider factors such as bandwidth and latency optimization, security, network redundancy, QoS and network automation ...

NPM 'protestware' raises questions on open source security

News | IT Operations

The deliberate sabotage of an NPM package to protest war in Ukraine worsens the already complex threat of software supply chain attacks, open source ...

7 infrastructure as code books for IT pros to dig into

Feature | IT Operations

Need some reading material? Check out these books on infrastructure as code -- and popular IaC tools -- to pick up some new skills on the IT ...

continuous deployment

Definition | IT Operations

Continuous deployment is a strategy for software development and releases in which every code change is automatically run through a pipeline of tests...

Evaluate the GitOps model for your organization

Tip | IT Operations

For some organizations, GitOps leads to faster, higher-quality software delivery -- but for others, DevOps or NetOps is a better fit. Learn what ...

How one CIO drives business transformation through tech

Feature | CIO

Tom Peck, CIDO at Sysco, shares valuable insights into the key role that CIOs play as a transformation driver while managing emerging technologies ...

Nebulon gets Ansible collection for datacentre deployment

News |

Provider of cloud-managed and hardware-accelerated – formerly ‘cloud-defined’ – storage makes further moves towards its smartInfrastructure vision, ...

City of Las Vegas masters cyber incident response with Darktrace

News |

The high-rolling city of Las Vegas experiences unique cyber security challenges rarely seen elsewhere. CIO Mike Sherwood reveals how he turned to ...

Perforce acquires Puppet for infrastructure as code

News | IT Operations

Puppet execs had previously targeted an IPO for the company but opted for 'Plan B' in the deal, which primarily focuses on its infrastructure-as-code...

How Puppet works: Using the configuration management tool

Tip | IT Operations

With Puppet, enterprises can manage configurations and simplify the DevOps process as a whole. Grasp how it works, and see if it's the right choice ...

Review the top configuration management tools in DevOps

Feature | IT Operations

Configuration management tools ease the IT burden. And if you're implementing DevOps practices, be sure to consider that during the tool evaluation ...

Manage VMs with Azure Automation State Configuration

Tutorial | IT Operations

Admins can use the Azure Automation State Configuration tool to manage VMs in Azure, on premises and in other clouds. Follow this step-by-step ...

Hackers: We won’t let artificial intelligence get the better of us

News |

AI is changing how ethical hackers go about their work, and will continue to do so, but the community is convinced the technology will never be able ...

7 must-have cloud infrastructure automation tools

Feature | Data Center

Learn how organizations can use automated provisioning tools to automate the configuration, deployment and management of their cloud-based ...

Goldman Sachs hires Google incubator founder

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Bank recruits co-founder of Google’s incubator as it continues to transform its business through digital technology

IaC tools comparison shows benefits of automated deployments

Feature | Data Center

Learn how these infrastructure as code tools can help streamline application development and deployment by reducing many of the headaches associated ...

4 P's marketing mix

Definition | WhatIs

The marketing mix, also known as the four P's of marketing, refers to the four key elements of a marketing strategy: product, price, place and ...


Definition | IT Operations

Docker is an open source software platform used to create, deploy and manage virtualized application containers on a common operating system (OS), ...

Brands opt for headless e-commerce vs. traditional commerce

Feature | Customer Experience

For large enterprises, headless commerce breaks down websites into user-friendly modules marketers can update. SMBs can also use it, paired with ...

Benelux CIO interview: Benoît Dewaele, Vandemoortele

News |

CIO of Ghent-headquartered food group says the IT department’s main challenges are improving digital customer experiences, helping implement ...

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Definition | SearchAWS

AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon. It includes a mixture of ...

These IT automation scripts take little effort and save a lot of work

Tip | IT Operations

Doing some IT tasks by hand is doing them wrong. Whether to provision components, research an issue or report on performance, IT automation scripts ...

Where are all the technologists? Talent shortages and what to do about them

Opinion |

It’s harder than ever to recruit good IT specialists, but there are some simple strategies for digital leaders to fill gaps in their teams

AWS Management Console

Definition | SearchAWS

The AWS Management Console is a web-based application that lets users access the broad range of services included in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) ...

Explore 10 popular open source development tools

Tip | App Architecture

Whether you're writing, managing, building or deploying source code, there is an open source development tool to help do the job. Check out these ...


Definition | IT Operations

DevSecOps (development plus security plus operations) is an approach that combines application development, security, operations and infrastructure ...

MIT Sloan innovation startups pursue AI at scale

News | CIO

Modzy and Snowplow are among the early-stage companies aiming to move AI from science project to enterprise asset. Success will let businesses reap ...


Definition | IT Operations

Datadog is a monitoring and analytics tool for information technology (IT) and DevOps teams that can be used to determine performance metrics as well...

Ansible overhaul promotes IT automation expansion

News | IT Operations

Ansible Automation Platform 2 makes it easier to centrally manage IT automation at scale, but enterprises must also contend with technical debt as ...

Cloud Security Alliance publishes guidelines to bridge compliance and DevOps

News |

The Cloud Security Alliance has published a report detailing practices that organisations can adopt to bridge the gap between compliance and software...

JCL (job control language)

Definition | Data Center

JCL (job control language) is a language for describing jobs (units of work) to the MVS, OS/390, and VSE operating systems, which run on IBM's S/390 ...

4 steps toward cloud security automation

Tip | Security

Automating security in the cloud can be invaluable for threat detection and mitigation. Explore the four key areas where security professionals ...

Ansible vs. Terraform vs. Vagrant: What's the difference?

Tip | Networking

Ansible, Terraform and Vagrant are common infrastructure automation platforms with specific use cases, benefits and drawbacks. But choosing a ...

Don't force your IT applications into edge computing

Tip | IT Operations

Edge computing's primary concern is latency -- and most applications introduce too much. Consider the edge as a companion environment, not an ...

SaltStack infrastructure-as-code tools seek cloud-native niche

News | IT Operations

SaltStack, like other infrastructure-as-code tools, must reinvent itself as cloud-native IT automation approaches such as containers, serverless and ...

How to approach and instate automated IT documentation

Tip | IT Operations

Automation can improve workflows, even when it comes to documentation. However, the process isn't foolproof. Here's what you need to know to get ...

What is hybrid cloud? The ultimate guide

Definition | Cloud Computing

A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party public cloud services with ...

What is multi-cloud visibility, and how do I achieve it?

Tip | Cloud Computing

It's not always clear how visibility relates to monitoring or observability or how these terms fit together in a multi-cloud environment. Let's sort ...

Puppet sets sights on unified IT automation platform, IPO

News | IT Operations

An integrated Puppet IT automation platform that runs on Kubernetes will accompany an IPO for Puppet Labs in 2021, as the company aims to update its ...

IaC security options help reduce software development risk

Opinion | Security

The use of infrastructure as code is increasing among developers, but security teams can take advantage of a growing number of tools to make sure IaC...

Another new CloudBees CEO faces fierce CI/CD tools rivalry

News | IT Operations

Former SAP and Cisco strategy exec Anuj Kapur is tasked with keeping CloudBees CI/CD and DevOps platform tools relevant as the cloud-native arms race...

declarative programming

Definition | IT Operations

Declarative programming is a method to abstract away the control flow for logic required for software to perform an action, and instead involves ...

Enterprises anticipate IT ops benefits from GitOps

News | IT Operations

Infrastructure as code, configuration as code, security as code -- enterprise SREs set their sights on everything as code in pursuit of GitOps ...

Tips for a smooth DevSecOps transformation

Tip | IT Operations

DevSecOps is a natural progression of DevOps and spreads security responsibilities to other IT teams. Where to begin? Here are core concepts, helpful...

How MongoDB is driving growth in ANZ

News |

MongoDB, which counts the likes of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank as clients, has been driving skills development and investing in local manpower in ...

CIO interview: Jon Braithwaite, CIO, Compass Group UK & Ireland

News |

FTSE 100 catering services company is undergoing a widespread overhaul of its technology and improving the digital offering to customers

Taking a strange route to the channel

News | MicroScope

Next time you sit in front of a channel executive, remember that they might have started in a very different industry

Startup targets PC gamers to build decentralised supercomputer

News |

US-based Salad Technologies has been tapping up PC gamers to donate their surplus capacity for cryptocurrency mining for several years now, but it is...

An introduction to DevOps on AWS

Tip | IT Operations

Here's a breakdown of the AWS tools an organization can use to run DevOps practices, along with a quick tutorial that demonstrates how to use them to...

Ex-PayPal pros shun AI with SecOps IT automation firm

News | IT Operations

Machine learning and AI are all the rage in IT automation tools -- except for the one produced by a new startup founded by two former PayPal ...

HashiCorp wades into continuous delivery with Waypoint

News | IT Operations

HashiCorp launched another new open source project this week, this time a continuous delivery utility called Waypoint, which IT pros hope will ...

The future of the food industry: Food tech explained

Feature | WhatIs

Food tech shows how technology can improve the way the world grows, produces, distributes and supplies food by using technology such as AI and ...

VMware buys SaltStack for security, configuration management

News | IT Operations

The acquisition of SaltStack will help VMware build event-driven security automation and configuration management into vRealize Automation, as open ...

  • firewall as a service (FWaaS)

    Firewall as a service (FWaaS), also known as a cloud firewall, is a service that provides cloud-based network traffic analysis ...

  • private 5G

    Private 5G is a wireless network technology that delivers 5G cellular connectivity for private network use cases.

  • NFVi (network functions virtualization infrastructure)

    NFVi (network functions virtualization infrastructure) encompasses all of the networking hardware and software needed to support ...

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is a symmetric block cipher chosen by the U.S. government to protect classified ...

  • operational risk

    Operational risk is the risk of losses caused by flawed or failed processes, policies, systems or events that disrupt business ...

  • risk reporting

    Risk reporting is a method of identifying risks tied to or potentially impacting an organization's business processes.

  • Risk Management Framework (RMF)

    The Risk Management Framework (RMF) is a template and guideline used by companies to identify, eliminate and minimize risks.

  • robotic process automation (RPA)

    Robotic process automation (RPA) is a technology that mimics the way humans interact with software to perform high-volume, ...

  • spatial computing

    Spatial computing broadly characterizes the processes and tools used to capture, process and interact with three-dimensional (3D)...

  • OKRs (Objectives and Key Results)

    OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) encourage companies to set, communicate and monitor organizational goals and results in an ...

  • cognitive diversity

    Cognitive diversity is the inclusion of people who have different styles of problem-solving and can offer unique perspectives ...

  • reference checking software

    Reference checking software is programming that automates the process of contacting and questioning the references of job ...

Customer Experience
  • martech (marketing technology)

    Martech (marketing technology) refers to the integration of software tools, platforms, and applications designed to streamline ...

  • transactional marketing

    Transactional marketing is a business strategy that focuses on single, point-of-sale transactions.

  • customer profiling

    Customer profiling is the detailed and systematic process of constructing a clear portrait of a company's ideal customer by ...