CustomInk Empowers Everyone to Design T-Shirts Online with Opscode

Opscode Enterprise Chef™ Deployed to Automate Hybrid IT Infrastructure, Accelerating Development Velocity to Keep Pace with Massive Customer Demand

Oct 28, 2013, 09:00 ET from Opscode

SEATTLE, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Opscode®, the leader in New IT automation, today announced that CustomInk, the design-online t-shirt company for groups and occasions, has automated its co-located, virtualized data center and AWS cloud resources with Opscode Enterprise Chef™. Using Enterprise Chef, CustomInk has automated configuration management for its primarily Ruby on Rails-based application stack, accelerating development velocity and improving business agility.

CustomInk makes it easy for anyone to create customized T-shirts, sweatshirts, and much more online. The company employs proprietary, primarily Ruby-based software applications running on both virtualized and cloud servers to manage everything from its website to its printers. With only four IT operations staff to manage its entire compute infrastructure, CustomInk needed an automation platform that could empower collaboration between development and operations teams to deliver new application code as fast as possible.

"A single ad can double or triple our site traffic, so we've got to be able to respond in real-time if we're going to keep all our customers smiling," said Jake Vanderdray, WebOps Team Lead, CustomInk. "Enterprise Chef gives us the agility to handle even the craziest surges in demand because everything from spinning up new compute to delivering app updates is automated and rock-solid." 

"CustomInk has literally coded their entire business, which is pretty awesome," said Adam Jacob, Chief Development Officer, Opscode. "Now, they've taken DevOps to the next level by automating their infrastructure with Enterprise Chef, so development has some responsibility for their code and operations understands the need for speed. No wonder they're growing like crazy."

Integrating Enterprise Chef and Jenkins CI, CustomInk has automated the building, testing, and staging of applications, speeding the delivery of application updates, while also improving system stability and resiliency. In addition, CustomInk has standardized its infrastructure on a set of Chef Cookbooks shared between development and operations, ensuring maximum transparency across these groups.

For detailed information on the results CustomInk achieved with Enterprise Chef, please read the customer story here.

About Opscode

Opscode is the leader in New IT automation. 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.

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