Chapter 5. Managing Cloud Services with Chef

One of the very powerful uses of Chef is leveraging it to extend your infrastructure into the cloud as seamlessly as onsite hardware. Chef has a number of mechanisms for integrating with popular cloud service providers. In this chapter, we find out how to use Chef to manage and deploy our software to a variety of popular cloud service providers.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Microsoft Azure
  • AWS EC2
  • Rackspace Cloud

Working with Microsoft Azure

Azure is Microsoft's competitor to EC2 and Rackspace Cloud. Any of the three will provide you with Windows virtualization, so included in this chapter is the information on how to integrate Azure with Chef.

The knife-azure gem provides the functionality ...

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