Prezi Makes Your Ideas Matter with Opscode

Deploys Opscode Hosted Chef to Automate Entire Infrastructure, Enabling On-Demand Scaling of Compute Resources to Improve IT Agility and Speed Product Development

Jan 22, 2013, 09:00 ET from Opscode

SEATTLE, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Opscode®, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that Prezi, an 'open canvas' that helps more than 17 million users better communicate their ideas, has deployed Opscode Hosted Chef™ to automate configuration management for the physical and Amazon EC2 compute servers powering its popular presentation tools. With Hosted Chef and Amazon EC2, Prezi's engineers and developers have easy, immediate access to compute resources, speeding development cycles and making Prezi more adaptable to changes in user demand.

Prezi's zooming presentation software lets users choose between the cloud, the desktop, or the iPad or iPhone, providing an innovative communication tool wherever users need it. To keep up with rapidly growing demand and improve its infrastructure's cost-efficiency, Prezi deployed hundreds of Amazon EC2 servers to add scale to its already existing physical infrastructure.  

"Our customer base is soaring, so staying ahead of the curve – both in terms of resources and new product updates – is one of our top priorities and the cloud gives us the compute resources to do so," said Gabor Veszi, Infrastructure Lead, Prezi. "However, deploying and managing hundreds of servers simply can't be done by hand. Automating with Hosted Chef gives us the agility to make the most of the cloud. If we want to start developing a new system tomorrow, by Noon we can put every resource in place and be ready to go."

"Prezi rocks. Its ability to visualize ideas into compelling content is something pretty much everyone can use," said Adam Jacob, Chief Customer Officer, Opscode. "But delivering all those pretty presentations requires a whole lot of infrastructure and management behind the scenes. Hosted Chef takes care of all that, so Prezi can focus on making more awesome presentation tools."

Prezi's infrastructure team deployed Hosted Chef to automate configuration management and provisioning for its entire infrastructure, from back-end systems to its production website, creating a consistent, repeatable infrastructure that scales on-demand. Hosted Chef provides Prezi with complete, easy to understand documentation of all resources and systems within its infrastructure, improving collaboration and transparency across its IT operations and development teams.

For detailed information on how Prezi uses Hosted Chef and the results the company achieved, please read the case study here.

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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  

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