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Opscode Expands Operations Into International Markets Launches Operations in EMEA with Nearly 50 European Commercial Customers

Launches Operations in Japan, Partnering with Leading IT Services Provider Creationline to Distribute Private Chef™ and Support Enterprise Customers

SEATTLE, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Opscode®, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced the launch of international operations in Europe and Japan to meet rapidly growing demand for infrastructure automation in the cloud and the enterprise data center worldwide.

According to IDC's most recent "Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software Forecast" (2012-2016), this emerging market, which represents portions of the change and configuration, workload scheduling and automation, performance management, event management, and problem management functional markets, will exceed $3.1 billion worldwide in 2016. The IDC report states: "The worldwide cloud systems management software market continues to expand faster than most other software markets. IDC expects cloud adoption will follow a similar track seen during the rollout of virtualization where several years of experimentation were followed by years of rapid adoption."[i]

"IDC's research indicates that increasing numbers of enterprises are piloting and planning for private and hybrid cloud operations. As the scope and scale of cloud environments increases, these organizations are finding that standardization and automation are critical success factors," commented Mary Johnston Turner, IDC Research Vice President, Enterprise Systems Management Software.

"As worldwide adoption of cloud computing increases, it is critical that we solve for the skills and tools gap created by the rapid and unabated proliferation of IT complexity," said Mitch Hill, CEO, Opscode. "Opscode Chef bridges that gap by enabling IT with the tools and skills necessary to effectively build and manage next-generation IT infrastructure. With today's launch of operations in EMEA and Japan, Opscode is well-positioned with experienced personnel and partners to capitalize on the market opportunity ahead."

EMEA Operations
Opscode has opened operations in the United Kingdom driven by Andy Hawkins, Technical Director, Opscode UK, as the company continues its push to deliver its leading infrastructure automation solutions to the worldwide IT market. Having already accumulated hundreds of customers around the globe, Opscode today announced that creative communication firm Imagination and innovative software provider Digital Science (see separate releases) are among nearly 50 European companies that have deployed Opscode Hosted Chef™ to accelerate time-to-market and reduce IT management costs. Today, Europe accounts for more than 25 percent of the registered users in the Chef™ open source Community.

Japan Operations
Opscode has formed a partnership with leading IT services provider Creationline to distribute Private Chef™ and deliver education, training, support and services to the growing Chef Community in Japan. The Chef Community in Japan has grown by more than 50 percent since the beginning of 2012.

"We're seeing increasing customer demand for Opscode's commercial solutions in the Japanese IT market, combined with steady growth in the Chef open source Community," said Tadahiro Yasuda, CEO, Creationline. "Opscode Private Chef is an ideal solution for Japanese organizations struggling to manage complex, scale-out compute environments and we're excited to partner with Opscode in helping these companies use Chef to become more agile and efficient."

About Opscode Chef
Opscode's pioneering software, Chef, is an open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating the cloud. No matter how complex the realities of business, Chef makes it easy to deploy servers and scale applications throughout an entire infrastructure. Through a combination of configuration management and service-oriented architectures, Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef make it easy to create an elegant, fully automated infrastructure while simplifying systems management. The Chef community features 16,000 registered users, 900 individual contributors, 135 corporate contributors and 700 cookbooks, providing a rich ecosystem of support for customers looking to make the most of their investment in the cloud.

About Opscode
Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. Opscode helps companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineers time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. More information can be found at www.opscode.com.

[i] IDC, "Worldwide Cloud Systems Management Software 2012-2016 Forecast," Doc # 234001, March 2012.

Press Contact:
Lucas Welch
lucas@opscode.com 
206-745-0000

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