Chef vs Pallet: What are the differences?
Developers describe Chef as "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. On the other hand, Pallet is detailed as "Automates controlling and provisioning cloud server instances. DevOps for the JVM". The machines being managed require no special dependencies to be installed. As long as they have bash and ssh running, they can be used with pallet. Pallet has no central server to set up and maintain - it simply runs on demand. You can run it from anywhere, even over a remote REPL connection.
Chef and Pallet can be categorized as "Server Configuration and Automation" tools.
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, Pallet provides the following key features:
- Everything in Version Control
- Jar File Distribution of Crates
- Provisioning, Configuration and Administration
Chef and Pallet are both open source tools. It seems that Chef with 5.85K GitHub stars and 2.36K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Pallet with 802 GitHub stars and 122 GitHub forks.
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