Chef Automation Framework Raises $32M to Drive Development and Enterprise Sales

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Opscode, the company behind automation framework Chef, has changed its name to Chef, and has closed $32 million in Series D funding that will be used to further accelerate development, expand market penetration, and help speed up customer code deployment.

According to its Monday announcement, Chef was the recipient of an over-subscribed round of funding led by Scale Venture Partners and including investors Citi Ventures, Battery Ventures, DFJ, and Ignition Partners.

Investors anticipate Chef playing a large role in highly automated and flexible data centers that save resources while expanding capabilities and bringing new solutions online quickly. These capabilities have helped the company’s third-quarter sales grow 250 percent year-over-year driven largely by enterprises adoption.

“The continuous delivery of code is the only way to make this gigantic shift and win the race to market,” Chef CEO Barry Crist said in a statement. “Chef is the best IT automation platform for coding stable systems at speed. This new financing will fuel our next stage of growth and enable us to deliver even more innovation to our rapidly growing base of enterprise customers.”

Chef automates IT infrastructure and application delivery with code, empowering enterprise businesses to move at high speed. According to a study by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Chef, speed is among the top three priorities for more than half (58 percent) of the Fortune 1000 enterprises surveyed. The same survey found that only 17 percent can deliver fast enough.

Fortune 1000 companies have accounted for nearly 60 percent of Chef’s sales this year as enterprises being to realize the need for speedy code deployment to meet their business goals.

Chef’s chief dev officer Adam Jacob stated, “Chef will help build the next 1,000 Amazons – companies capable of using code to re-build and change their businesses hundreds or thousands of times daily in the name of customer demand and service.”

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David Hamilton is a Toronto-based technology journalist who has written for the National Post and other news outlets. He has covered the hosting industry internationally for the Web Host Industry Review with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. David is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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