Small Shop Chef Best Practices

Automation’s great for ops, no matter the size of your workplace. I’ve noticed, however, that there seems to be a certain assumption that automating deploying and maintaining servers with something like Chef is most useful for huge outfits with dozens, hundreds, or thousands of servers. Undoubtedly it’s great for them, but I think that same kind of automation is important even if you’re the only ops guy at your company and you only manage a small handful of servers.