The easy solution

Managed Chef

(by tecRacer)

Your advantage

Setting up and operating a resilient Chef server architecture is not trivial: With the different Chef components, as well as Elasticsearch and Postgres experience is needed to prepare disaster recovery strategies and perform regular updates.

With our Managed Services team we operate multitentant Chef clusters on AWS in Frankfurt. And contrary to other service providers, all support and points of contact are in Germany as well. This enables you to use the Chef platform without worrying about the data privacy implications of support from outside the EU.

If your environment is bigger and you explicitly want a dedicated environment, we can offer our Managed Chef Enterprise product. Licensed by number of nodes and on a yearly contract, you get a fully managed environment and the flexibility to connect it to your enterprise-grade authentication solutions via SAML or OpenID connect.

Chef Server Offerings

Shared Responsibilities

Having a shared responsibility brings the most important part of daily work with an environment.

  • On-premises: You are doing everything on your own
  • Marketplace AMI: The vendor offers you the software installed on a VM and offers you the license (mostly pre-configured)
  • Managed Chef : Standard (by tecRacer): This allows you to rely on the expertise of tecRacer within a shared Chef Infra Server. So you can focus on the main topics: User Management and writing cookbooks.
  • Managed Chef : Enterprise (by tecRacer): Mostly the same like Managed Chef : Standard, just with the advantage of adding the user management to your already existing Active Directory.

Optional: Book Consultants to write the Cookbooks for you.

tecRacer as CHEF Principal Partner

tecRacer has been awarded Principal Partner status in 2020, the highest partner level of Chef.

With this status, Progress Chef only distinguishes those partners who have the highest level of expertise, have a major influence on the market and can master both small and large customer projects with confidence.

Parallel to this, the cooperation at conferences and user groups has continued to grow: tecRacer has created the Chef Usergroup Germany. The Usergroup will not only invite speakers from tecRacer and other companies, but also Chef employees from different countries have expressed interest in reporting on news and their experiences.

Chef and tecRacer complement each other since 2017 in the area of Progress Chef Professional Services, Consulting, Reselling and Training. The segment for the DACH area has been experiencing continuous growth for years.


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