Chef is an open source Ruby-based configuration management product served up by Opscode under the Apache license. Hosted Chef (and its private cloud sibling, Private Chef) lets cloud system administrators programmatically configure virtual systems, thereby cutting down on repetitive, manual operations. Chef -- which, as the name might allude, uses culinary terms as metaphors to organize its processes--- mainly homes on the tasks of provisioning, configuring and integrating cloud resources. Opscode in February released a completely rewritten version of Chef, which the company says offers unparalleled scalability.
Company: Puppet Labs
Category: Cloud Configuration Management
Puppet Enterprise is IT automation software that gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure changes, on-premise or in the cloud. The product can automate tasks at any stage of the IT infrastructure lifecycle, including provisioning, discovery, operating system and application configuration management, build and release management, patch management, and infrastructure audit and compliance.
Some of the newer features of Puppet include enabling system administrators to view and respond to requests graphically; support for the use of third-party authentication services such as LDAP, Active Directory, or Google Apps Directory; and support for Microsoft Windows. PuppetLabs customers include 24/7 Real Media, Harvard, and Google. And VMware earlier this year made a $30 million investment in the company.
Product: RightScale Cloud Management
Category: Cloud Management
Formed in 2006, RightScale was one of the first companies to address cross-platform cloud management. Its platform lets organizations easily deploy and manage business-critical applications across public, private, and hybrid clouds. RightScale provides configuration, monitoring, automation, and governance of cloud computing infrastructure and applications. RightScale recently released the newest additions to its customer list, which include Caltech, Care Innovations (an Intel-GE company), Citrix Online, Conde Nast, Coty, Equinix, Fox Digital Media, Inmobi, JWT, Leo Burnett, Softbank Technology, Telepictures Productions (a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company), Tibco, and Zurich Insurance.
Product: Agility Platform
Category: Enterprise cloud management
The Agility Platform provides a single, integrated control point for governance, compliance, and security across an enterprise's cloud applications and cloud environments. The platform comprises an extensible policy engine enabling the creation and enforcement of an impressive range of custom governance, compliance and security policies. It provides an end-to-end security model spanning network, instance, data, and access levels including federated identity management. It includes an orchestration engine for deploying complex, multi-tier business applications across heterogeneous private and public clouds. And it has an integrated event bus, a cloud adapter SDK, and workflow automation capabilities to extend cloud operating model capabilities to existing IT ecosystems.