Progress serves up a delicious meal with the ‘As-Code Automated Enterprise’

Software is made up of ingredients. Software is primarily composed of code at the fundamental level. Software applications and their constituent parts are often created by mixing ingredients according to a recipe or using guiding cooking instructions. Additional nuances of functional spice can be added to help determine whether users will enjoy the final product.

We often refer to recipes as the defining guides for our systems, especially at the infrastructure level. This is why Progress, an enterprise software application company, purchased Chef in 2020.

Ingest, serve, table-up

After having had the most recent pandemic period, you can now think about how the Progress Chef Cloud Security will cook up its first major meal (okay, it’s already done that), of Chef technology under its parent brand. This Progress-branded offering aims to expand DevSecOps (security centric developer-operations workflows). It includes compliance support for native clouds assets and end-to–end management of all on–premises, native and cloud resources.

Chef is a specialist in infrastructure automation and configuration management. Its technology can create, mix, and manage the necessary ingredients for a server to reach its desired’state’ to exist on a company’s network or in a cloud-based service. Provisioning ensures that each ‘instance of technology’ has the resources, connections, and file structure required to complete the intended computing task.

Different & diverse deployment

The Chef portfolio is now fully open-source and retains its original brand name within Boston-based Progress. It’s intended to deliver compliant and secure application releases in mixed computing environments. This can mean different platforms, software delivery styles and protocols, and across diverse deployment landscapes.

“Chef has been a tremendous help in every organization I have been involved with. Brittany Woods (H&R Block’s server automation manager), said that Chef has cut down the time it takes to configure a system from weeks and days to just minutes. Chef’s policy-based approach allows teams to take control of their infrastructure and make measured changes.

Now, Progress claims that Chef Cloud Security allows organizations to extend their proven and trusted DevOps methods to manage hybrid, public and private cloud workloads. The new offering supports native-cloud assets for multi-cloud deployment across AWS, Azure, Google and Alibaba clouds using certified CIS/DISA STIG profiles are used to continuously scan for security configuration issues and detect them automatically.

Customers will be able to coordinate security, development and testing participation in a format that security checks are shifted to their left (i.e. They happen sooner and more frequently before problems arise. This is what is called a Policy as-Code approach.

One ‘as-code framework’

As a long-time proponent of the collaboration-based Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC), Chef has applied the same principles to introduce a Policy-as-Code (PaC) for security and compliance. Chef helps organizations reach their goal of using one ‘as-code’ framework to manage their infrastructure, applications, desktop, security, and compliance issues across all their on-premise, cloud, and edge devices inventories.

“Chef – now under Progress’s leadership – has focused on security and compliance over the past few years to make DevSecOps feasible for our customers,” stated Sundar Subramanian EVP & GM DevSecOps at Progress. We are excited to see the results of our customers as they strive to achieve end-to-end DevOps through a policy-as code approach.

Progress continues to invest into Progress Chef InSpec as a core security and compliance mechanism, complementing the Chef Cloud Security offering. As part of the Progress Chef Enterprise Automation Stack, (EAS), the complete set of Chef capabilities is available. This EAS was designed to scale to meet the needs of the largest global companies.

The as-code automatic enterprise

The as-code automation controls that allow for modern software applications to run on, off, and in-between cloud environments are the hallmark of this entire range of enterprise software. It seems that progress is clearly focused on delivering (and producing) the information we hear from many technology vendors, namely. A single platform approach that offers the greatest automation potential.

Our cloud computing foundations now support the best of what we all love every time we log in. This is because they have automated the configuration automation controls to ensure that our IT infrastructures are secure and compliant. Once we have all the ingredients in place, we can eat.

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