Infrastructure Automation platforms

2020. Progress snags software automation platform Chef for $220M

Progress, a Boston-area developer tool company, has acquired software automation platform Chef for $220 million. Chef, which went 100% open source, offers visibility into security and compliance status across all infrastructure and makes it easy to detect and correct issues long before they reach production. Chef’s customer list is certainly impressive, and includes tech industry stalwarts like Facebook, IBM and SAP, as well as non-tech companies like Nordstrom, Alaska Airlines and Capital One. The company was founded in 2008 and had raised $105 million.

2015. Infrastructure Automation platform Chef beefs up compliance and security

Chef, the company that helps companies configure, manage and automate their software and infrastructure, has acquired German compliance and security firm VulcanoSec. It has already incorporated VulcanoSec technology that enables companies to automate and maintain compliance testing, into Chef. This means Chef customers can actually bake compliance testing and enforcement into their Chef workflows. Finally, the company is making Chef Delivery, a workflow automation tool it announced last April generally available. This tool has been designed to create an assembly line of sorts, an automated workflow that pushes the pieces of a project to the correct people in the organization to complete their part of the job.

2015. Red Hat acquires IT automation startup Ansible

Open source giant Red Hat announced that it would buy Ansible, an IT automation solutions specialist that helps companies build and manage hybrid IT deployments across the cloud and on-premise solutions. The acquisition had been rumored to be in the works for a price of over $100-150 million. Ansible has made a name for itself as a specialist in OpenStack clouds — earlier this year it spearheaded a partnership with Cisco, HP, CSC and RackSpace in aid of this. Red Hat’s acquisition of Ansible is the company’s signal of how it hopes to expand further into OpenStack itself, as part of its wider ambitions in hybrid cloud management, OpenStack and containers.