How to Easily Deploy a Chef Cookbook to an Application in the Cloud

ChefAs a Chef user, you’ll want to easily deploy Chef cookbooks to applications in the cloud. This could involve a lot of work and time, or can more easily be done. Let’s dive into the situation.


Your goal is to deploy a Chef cookbook to an application in the cloud. You have the cookbook from the Chef Supermarket, or maybe you have your own one, which describes an application that is specific to your organization. The Chef cookbook contains all the steps to get your application up and running, so it should be an easy task. But guess what? It’s not. There are still a number of steps that you have to go through before the cookbook can start doing its magic, building and running the application for you.
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Will you Rise with the Incoming Cloud Tide or will you Sink?

Pardon the nautical references; this blog was inspired by the recent fundraising announcement from Digital Ocean, a relative newcomer to the Cloud Industry.

The Rising Tide

In a Forbes article, Ben Kepes writes:

DigitalOcean is a strange kind of an infrastructure vendor. With the cloud space typified by massive vendors, one would have thought that after Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and IBM had used their share of the market there would be nothing left for the small guys. But DigitalOcean challenges that assessment. Since its founding back in 2011, DigitalOcean has grown massively off the back of a “cheap and cheerful” cloud infrastructure service. 

Until now the company had only raised a modest $3.2M in funding and yet had expanded to six individual data centers, a 49 person head count and a 30% month-on-month growth rate all fuelled by some high profile customers… And DigitalOcean’s individual growth was actually higher than that of AWS (a gain of 6514 as opposed to 6269 for AWS). Stellar performance indeed! DigitalOcean, in only a couple of years, became the 15th largest hosting company in the world. 

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