Chef vs Jenkins: What are the differences?
Chef: Build, destroy and rebuild servers on any public or private cloud. Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others; Jenkins: An extendable open source continuous integration server. In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
Chef and Jenkins are primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" and "Continuous Integration" tools respectively.
Some of the features offered by Chef are:
- Access to 800+ Reusable Cookbooks
- Integration with Leading Cloud Providers
- Enterprise Platform Support including Windows and Solaris
On the other hand, Jenkins provides the following key features:
- Easy installation
- Easy configuration
- Change set support
"Dynamic and idempotent server configuration" is the primary reason why developers consider Chef over the competitors, whereas "Hosted internally" was stated as the key factor in picking Jenkins.
Chef and Jenkins are both open source tools. Jenkins with 13.2K GitHub stars and 5.43K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Chef with 5.83K GitHub stars and 2.35K GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Jenkins has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1753 company stacks & 1479 developers stacks; compared to Chef, which is listed in 359 company stacks and 80 developer stacks.
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