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Compare AWS CloudFormation and Chef

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side-by-side comparison of AWS CloudFormation vs. Chef
based on preference data from user reviews. AWS CloudFormation rates 4.3/5 stars with 117 reviews. By contrast, Chef rates 4.0/5 stars with 40 reviews. Each product's score is calculated with real-time data from verified user reviews, to help you make the best choice between these two options, and decide which one is best for your business needs.
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AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
(117)
4.3 out of 5
AWS CloudFormation
Chef
Chef
(40)
4.0 out of 5
Chef
Star Rating
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
Market Segments
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
Enterprise (45.5% of reviews)
Chef
Chef
Mid-Market (56.8% of reviews)
Entry Level Price
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
No pricing information available
Chef
Chef
$137 per node

AWS CloudFormation vs Chef

When assessing the two solutions, reviewers found AWS CloudFormation easier to use, set up, and administer. Reviewers also preferred doing business with AWS CloudFormation overall.

  • AWS CloudFormation and Chef both meet the requirements of our reviewers at a comparable rate.
  • When comparing quality of ongoing product support, reviewers felt that AWS CloudFormation is the preferred option.
  • For feature updates and roadmaps, our reviewers preferred the direction of AWS CloudFormation over Chef.
Categories
Shared Categories
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
Chef
Chef
AWS CloudFormation and Chef are categorized as Cloud Infrastructure Automation
Unique Categories
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation has no unique categories
Pricing
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation Pricing
Free Trial Unavailable
Chef
Chef Pricing
CHEF AUTOMATE
$137per node
HOSTED CHEF
$72per node
CHEF BASICS
Free
Free Trial Unavailable
Ratings
Meets Requirements
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
8.6
Responses: 83
Chef
Chef
8.6
Responses: 35
Ease of Use
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
7.4
Responses: 83
Chef
Chef
6.7
Responses: 35
Ease of Setup
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
7.6
Responses: 38
Chef
Chef
6.0
Responses: 22
Ease of Admin
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
7.8
Responses: 38
Chef
Chef
7.6
Responses: 22
Quality of Support
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
8.4
Responses: 77
Chef
Chef
7.4
Responses: 26
Ease of Doing Business With
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
8.5
Responses: 34
Chef
Chef
8.2
Responses: 16
Product Direction (% positive)
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.2
Responses: 83
Chef
Chef
6.8
Responses: 36
Features
Administration
Administration Console
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
8.8
Responses: 13
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Task Management
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
8.9
Responses: 11
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Dashboards and Visualizations
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
8.9
Responses: 14
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Access Control
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.4
Responses: 13
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Automation
Test Automation
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
8.9
Responses: 9
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Intelligent Automation
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.0
Responses: 10
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Release Automation
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.2
Responses: 10
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Automated Provisioning
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.2
Responses: 13
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
IT Management
Workflow Management
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.2
Responses: 12
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Infrastructure Management
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.5
Responses: 13
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
IT Discovery
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
9.0
Responses: 10
Chef
Chef
Not enough data available
Reviewers' Company Size
Reviewers of AWS CloudFormation were most often representing companies in the Enterprise segment, while reviewers for Chef were more commonly in the Mid-Market segment.
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
12.1%
Chef
Chef
13.5%
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
42.4%
Chef
Chef
56.8%
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation
45.5%
Chef
Chef
29.7%
Reviewers' Industry
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation Industry
Information Technology and Services
23.2%
Computer Software
21.2%
Financial Services
6.1%
Internet
5.1%
Retail
4.0%
Other
40.4%
Chef
Chef Industry
Information Technology and Services
37.8%
Internet
13.5%
Computer Software
10.8%
Retail
5.4%
Computer & Network Security
5.4%
Other
27.0%
Reviews
Most Helpful Favorable Review
AWS CloudFormation
G
Consultant in Information Technology and Services

easy to deploy templates throught the AWS console

Chef
Justin S.
Administrator in Insurance

100% open source The right community and mindset Jez Miller Microsoft is partnering with chef and you'll see integrated TFS and visual studio stuff soon Chef continuous deliver tool shows they know what they are doing

Most Helpful Critical Review
AWS CloudFormation
G
Executive Sponsor in Insurance

Very sequential. It is unable to figure out the sequence of steps if they are out of order in the code.

Chef
Christopher M.
User in Building Materials

Some of the things i dislike about chef, and this might jkust be a criticism of configuration management in general, is that you need pretty much a full team to support it. Sometimes I feel like it adds more complexity instead of kless.

Discussions
AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation Discussions
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AWS CloudFormation has no discussions with answers
Chef
Chef Discussions
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AWS CloudFormation
AWS CloudFormation Screenshots
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Chef
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