Chef as a foundation for PaaS: How Cloudify Uses Chef

As PaaS is becoming more prevalent than ever, most PaaS environments and frameworks are still strongly opinionated and allow for very limited control and extensibility.

Extending a PaaS framework requires deep understating of its internals at best, and in many cases in not even possible.

Cloudify, a new open source PaaS framework, has taken a different approach, by using recipes (As opposed to heavyweight coding and platform extension) as means to introduce new application stacks to the PaaS layer. You can think of it as extending the recipe model of Chef to support application level concerns, such as orchestration, dependency management, multi-tier and multi-host deployments, monitoring and autoscaling.

In this meetup, Nati Shalom, CTO and founder of GigaSpaces (the commercial company behind Cloudify) will introduce the foundations of Cloudify, and how it leverages Chef as a key enabler for an open PaaS
framework.

Speaker: Nati Shalom, @natishalom. Nati is the CTO and founder of GigaSpaces Technologies. As a thought leader in Cloud computing, Nati is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, and is actively involved in evangelizing Cloud computing and DevOps. You can read his musings and thoughts in his blog http://natishalom.typepad.com

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