Compare AWS CloudFormation vs Chef

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comparison of AWS CloudFormation vs. Chef
based on data from user reviews. AWS CloudFormation rates 4.3/5 stars with 84 reviews. Chef rates 4.1/5 stars with 39 reviews. Each product's score is calculated by real-time data from verified user reviews.

Pricing

 
CHEF BASICS
Free
 
HOSTED CHEF
$72
per node
 
CHEF AUTOMATE
$137
per node
 
Free Trial Unavailable
Free Trial Unavailable
AWS CloudFormation
Free Trial Unavailable
Chef
CHEF BASICS
Free
HOSTED CHEF
$72per node
CHEF AUTOMATE
$137per node
Free Trial Unavailable

Ratings

Meets Requirements
Meets Requirements
8.7
8.6
Ease of Use
Ease of Use
7.2
6.8
Ease of Setup
Ease of Setup
7.5
6.0
Ease of Admin
Ease of Admin
7.7
7.6
Quality of Support
Quality of Support
8.4
7.5
Ease of Doing Business With
Ease of Doing Business With
8.5
8.2
Product Direction (% positive)
Product Direction (% positive)
9.0
6.9
Meets Requirements
AWS CloudFormation
8.7
Chef
8.6
Ease of Use
AWS CloudFormation
7.2
Chef
6.8
Ease of Setup
AWS CloudFormation
7.5
Chef
6.0
Ease of Admin
AWS CloudFormation
7.7
Chef
7.6
Quality of Support
AWS CloudFormation
8.4
Chef
7.5
Ease of Doing Business With
AWS CloudFormation
8.5
Chef
8.2
Product Direction (% positive)
AWS CloudFormation
9.0
Chef
6.9

Features

Administration
Administration Console
AWS CloudFormation
8.6
Chef
Not enough data available
Task Management
AWS CloudFormation
9.0
Chef
Not enough data available
Dashboards and Visualizations
AWS CloudFormation
9.2
Chef
Not enough data available
Access Control
AWS CloudFormation
9.2
Chef
Not enough data available
Automation
Test Automation
AWS CloudFormation
Not enough data available
Chef
Not enough data available
Intelligent Automation
AWS CloudFormation
9.0
Chef
Not enough data available
Release Automation
AWS CloudFormation
Not enough data available
Chef
Not enough data available
Automated Provisioning
AWS CloudFormation
9.2
Chef
Not enough data available
IT Management
Workflow Management
AWS CloudFormation
8.3
Chef
Not enough data available
Infrastructure Management
AWS CloudFormation
9.4
Chef
Not enough data available
IT Discovery
AWS CloudFormation
Not enough data available
Chef
Not enough data available

Reviewers' Company Size

Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
8.3%
15.4%
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
40.5%
56.4%
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
51.2%
28.2%
AWS CloudFormation
Small-Business
8.3%
Mid-Market
40.5%
Enterprise
51.2%
Chef
Small-Business
15.4%
Mid-Market
56.4%
Enterprise
28.2%

Reviewers' Industry

 
Information Technology and Services
21.4%
Information Technology and Services
41.0%
 
Computer Software
19.0%
Internet
12.8%
 
Internet
6.0%
Computer Software
10.3%
 
Financial Services
6.0%
Retail
5.1%
 
Hospital & Health Care
4.8%
Computer & Network Security
5.1%
 
Other
42.9%
Other
25.6%
AWS CloudFormation
Information Technology and Services
21.4%
Computer Software
19.0%
Internet
6.0%
Financial Services
6.0%
Hospital & Health Care
4.8%
Other
42.9%
Chef
Information Technology and Services
41.0%
Internet
12.8%
Computer Software
10.3%
Retail
5.1%
Computer & Network Security
5.1%
Other
25.6%

Reviews

Most Helpful Favorable Review
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Robert R.
Consultant

Drift management will change office dynamics. We've all had a dev who couldn't be bothered to do things the right way. Now we can nail that person to the wall by showing the unofficial changes they've been making!

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
Most Helpful Critical Review
Administrator

Referencing resources across templates is a pain

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.

 
AWS CloudFormation
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Robert R.
Consultant

Drift management will change office dynamics. We've all had a dev who couldn't be bothered to do things the right way. Now we can nail that person to the wall by showing the unofficial changes they've been making!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Administrator

Referencing resources across templates is a pain

Chef
Most Helpful Favorable Review
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
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.

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