Cheezburger Builds Massive Social Humor Website Network with Opscode

Social Humor Leader Deploys Opscode Hosted Chef™ to Automate Its Hybrid Infrastructure and Drastically Reduce Time to New Cloud Capacity

May 06, 2013, 09:00 ET from Opscode

SEATTLE, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Opscode®, the foundation for the coded business, today announced that Cheezburger, one of the largest social humor sites with millions of visitors daily, is now utilizing Opscode's Hosted Chef™ platform. Hosted Chef automates configuration management and provisioning across the multiple cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) providers and physical servers powering Cheezeburger's online humor properties.  

Cheezburger is home to sites like I Can Has Cheezburger, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme, and Memebase, providing millions of visitors with laughs they can share again and again. To power its family of sites, Cheezburger leverages a dynamic cloud infrastructure integrating multiple cloud providers, along with a small cluster of physical servers for memory needs. Using Hosted Chef to automate its hybrid infrastructure, Cheezburger can manage all its IaaS instances from a single point of view, providing maximum system visibility and control. By customizing the Chef Community .NET cookbook, Cheezburger created a code-based blueprint for managing its Windows-based deployments, automating full resource configuration across its entire infrastructure.

"As our traffic grows or we make improvements in the efficiency of our platform, Hosted Chef makes it trivial to add or delete servers in our clusters, or even destroy a cluster or build one in a different geographic location," said Joey O'Neill, Senior System Administrator, Cheezburger. "Opscode's solution allows us to be agile and quickly respond to changes without worrying about configuration mistakes."

"Cheezburger's sites are just straight up funny and they've got something for just about everyone," said Adam Jacob, Chief Customer Officer, Opscode. "By embracing infrastructure as code with Hosted Chef, Cheezburger now has a model for reuse to flexibly scale their computer resources as more and more people discover and share in the hilarity."

Hosted Chef provides Cheezburger with a comprehensive solution for configuring its infrastructure, including single command cluster deployments of a load balancer, cache server, and HTTP servers in Microsoft Azure, as well as self-aware configuration between Hosted Chef and system load balancers. By automating configuration across its hybrid infrastructure, Cheezburger can ensure system consistency with minimal risk of error.

For detailed information on the results Cheezburger achieved with Hosted Chef, please read the case study here.

About Opscode

Opscode is the provider of Chef, the automation platform for the coded business. Opscode Chef provides the speed, flexibility, and efficiency to compete in the digital economy. By modeling IT infrastructure and application delivery as code, Chef empowers businesses of all sizes to easily scale to meet demand, eliminate down time, manage complexity, and accelerate time to market.

About Cheezburger

Cheezburger is a Seattle-based company founded in 2007 and is home to sites like I Can Has Cheezburger, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme and Memebase. We are one of the largest social humor sites on the Internet where millions of people come every day to laugh out loud and have others laugh with them. Our visitors can view, create or remix themes, and share their favorite funny pictures. Find all your funny in one place at

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