Chef Casestudy

About Chef

Chef helps customers automate their infrastructure, allowing for accelerating time to market, managing scale and complexity, and safeguarding systems. Whether your network is in the cloud, on-site, or a hybrid, Chef can automate how you configure, deploy and scale your servers and applications, whether you manage 5 servers, 5,000 servers or 500,000 servers. It's no wonder that Chef has been chosen by companies like Facebook, GE, and Amazon for mission-critical challenges.

The Situation

Due to an increase in demand for professional services, Chef created a certification process that would link their customers to an eco-system of qualified Chef engineers to leverage for their respective initiatives. Cascadeo was selected as one of the initial partners to complete the training and certification process.

The Chef Certification Program is designed to thoroughly assess, train and verify skills and abilities to successfully deploy Chef, as well as establishing a pattern towards continuous delivery for customers. Chef takes a hands-on approach with partners on joint projects to ensure best practices are well understood and implemented. Additionally, the partner certification program includes active participation in the Chef and DevOps communities, as well as having an internal practice manager to ensure proper knowledge transfer. The certification program is currently invite-only.

As a result of this process, Cascadeo was announced as one of the first Chef certified partners at ChefConf 2015.

The Certification process

Receiving the Chef certification required several criteria to be met. Cascadeo's engineering team needed to attend a number of Chef-led training sessions and workshops. In addition, Chef shadowed several joint engagements, and also reviewed a range of projects we had previously completed as validation of our work product, approach, and methodologies. Lastly, we needed to have one of our engineers lead a multi-day Chef training seminar.

The Outcome

Cascadeo's DevOps practice enables our clients to focus on developing their products and services, accelerate time to market, and decrease operational overhead. By providing our clients with certified Cloud and Chef engineers, Cascadeo empowers our clients to integrate proper deployment methodologies, change management strategies, and continuous integration and delivery into their development cycles.

Cascadeo partners with our clients' DevOps, IT, and engineering teams to provide ongoing support, training, infrastructure as code scripting, and CI/CD pipeline methodologies. By leveraging Cascadeo's expertise, customers can more effectively deploy, manage and support all of their environments on 24x7x365 basis.

As part of our partnership with Chef, our engineers have access to additional support services from Chef, get to interact with key individuals and product teams at Chef, and continue to receive and participate in ongoing trainings. This ensures we are leveraging the most current methodologies and best practices for mission critical applications and operations.


"Having Cascadeo as a partner strengthens our ability to work with customers across the board. Combining Cascadeo's Chef expertise with their abilities to work with client environments allows us to deliver great solutions together." -- Mahir Lupinacci - Director of Business Development, Chef