In June 2016, Habitat began by asking the following questions: if the goal is to quickly and safely build, deploy, and manage applications, what would happen if users took an application-centric perspective on the problem? Rather than starting from the enterprise point-of-view, what if they simply focused in on what it means to be easy to build, easy to manage, and easy to deploy? Chef’s answer to these questions is what they refer to as “application automation.” Its discovery was simply that automation must travel with the application, rather than be provided by the platform. Everything the application needs, from build dependencies, run-time dependencies, configuration, dynamic topologies, deployment strategies, secrets management, security auditing, and so on, belongs with the application, since it is developed for the application. Runtime and infrastructure layers exist to support the application, but the efficient building, deployment, and management of the application are decoupled from those layers. The result is that Chef can take an application, wrap it in a layer of application automation, and the resulting package can be deployed on the infrastructure or runtime that suits it best. In October 2017, Chef launched Habitat Builder, the SaaS-based service (based on open source Habitat) that provides the fastest and most consistent way to package any application for deployment and provides a consistent way to package applications for deployment and management across flexible cloud-native architectures such as those comprising Docker Swarm, Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry, both on-premises and in-cloud.
Press and media coverage
InformationWeek: Chef Builds Habitat To House Enterprise Apps SD Times: Chef tackles application automation with Habitat The New Stack: Could Chef Habitat Become a DevOps Gamechanger? Business Cloud News: Chef boost application IQ with Habitat launch TechSpective: Chef Strives to Deliver Cross-Platform Nirvana with Habitat The New Stack: Provenance: The Peace of Mind Chef Habitat Seeks to Deliver eWeek: Chef Habitat Builder Debuts for Container Cloud-Native App Deployments Container Journal: Chef Delivers on Habitat Promise to Automate Container Apps TechTarget: Chef fortifies its build automation tools with Habitat Builder TechTarget: Chef Habitat early adopters sing app automation praises SDxCentral: Chef Habitat Builder Focuses on Easing Container Management The New Stack: Chef Launches Habitat Builder, a Cloud-Native Application Packaging Service DatacenterDynamics: Chef launches Habitat software to improve application portability Diginomica: Chef cooks up cloud-friendly Habitat for your applications CRN: Chef Introduces Habitat Builder, A SaaS Solution For Application Deployment Silicon Angle: Chef launches Habitat Builder to ease application deployment Computer Business Review: Chef cooks up a new Habitat for packaging apps The New Stack: Chef Working on a Build Service to Automate Habitat Packaging DevOps.com: DevOps Chat: Habitat by Chef with Julian Dunn DevOps.com: DevOps Chat: Chef Habitat Project Continues to Mature ComputerWorldUK: How Alaska Airlines got to grips with Chef Habitat The New Stack: Making an Automation Sandwich with Habitat and Chef TechTarget: Chef Habitat offers a different take on configuration management Forbes: Not Enough Cooks, Chef Habitat Offers Central Recipe For Distributed Apps The Register: A new Habitat for applications? Chef launches open source app automation projec