Last week at ChefConf 2015, Chef and Canonical – the company behind Ubuntu – have announced a partnership today to integrate and distribute Chef with Ubuntu. Canonical is integrating the Chef automation platform with Canonical’s Machine-As-A-Service (MAAS), enabling users to automate the provisioning, configuration and deployment of bare metal servers.
Canonical is packaging Chef 12 server in upcoming distributions of its Ubuntu open source operating system and will provide commercial support for Chef within its user base.
Leveraging Chef and Canonical‘s MAAS, users would be able to rapidly deploy bare metal servers with a choice of Ubuntu, CentOS, RHEL, SuSE and even Windows, either in the data center or as part of a private or hybrid cloud implementation. This integration gives users the ability to optimize machine configurations and workloads for different scenarios with full transparency.
“Chef and Ubuntu are often inseparable in serious server deployments, making mutual integration a must for our users,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. “We’re excited to offer Chef as part of the Ubuntu distribution and to deliver easy bare metal provisioning with MAAS and Chef.”