In a recent webinar by Bradford Stephens, CEO of DrawntoScale, he mentioned a number of resources to assist in working with big data databases. One of those that caught my interest is Chef.
Chef is an open source systems integration framework built to bring the benefits of configuration management to your entire infrastructure. You write source code to describe how you want each part of your infrastructure to be built, then apply those descriptions to your servers. The result is a fully automated infrastructure: when a new server comes on line, the only thing you have to do is tell Chef what role it should play in your architecture.
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