Zumba Fitness Gets Infrastructure in Shape with Opscode

Popular 'Fitness-Party' Company Deploys Opscode Hosted Chef™ to Automate Cloud Infrastructure, Ensuring Resource Consistency and Reducing Configuration Management from Weeks to Days

Jul 30, 2012, 09:00 ET from Opscode

SEATTLE, July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Opscode®, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced that Zumba Fitness, the world's largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program, has deployed Opscode Hosted Chef™ to automate its entire cloud infrastructure, from development environments to change control processes in its Amazon EC2 and Rackspace clouds. With Hosted Chef, Zumba has eliminated manual infrastructure management, saving significant amounts of time and money, while ensuring resource consistency and reliability for its high-traffic website.

"In many ways, our website is the hub of our business, with everything you see in the fitness parties first going through the web, from class schedules to our online store," said Douglas Jarquin, Technical Operations Manager, Zumba Fitness. "Hosted Chef ensures our website operates effectively around the clock by eliminating the risk of human error and ensuring resource consistency all the way up the compute stack."

Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown its dance-fitness program to more than 12 million people taking weekly Zumba classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries. To support its vibrant user base, Zumba's website provides everything from class schedules and locations to an online store and video archive. Powering its website are primary Amazon EC2 servers and failover Rackspace servers, providing a reliable and easily scalable infrastructure for Zumba's online operations.

Customer Benefits:

  • Maximum Resource Consistency: Hosted Chef enables Zumba to automate everything from configuration management to application deployment, ensuring its website's resources are always available and operational.  
  • Secure Change Control: Using Hosted Chef to automate its cloud-based environments provides Zumba with historical documentation of all changes to any resource, enabling Zumba to quickly and easily acquire information on current configurations and maintain a tightly controlled change process.  
  • Time and Cost Savings: By automating a wide range of operations that were previously done by hand, Hosted Chef has enabled Zumba's IT operations team to accomplish in days what used to take weeks, freeing them to focus on higher-order and more strategic initiatives.

Using Amazon EC2 as its primary infrastructure and Rackspace for failover, Zumba needed an automation engine capable of managing the complexity and constant change inherent in using large-scale IT infrastructure in the cloud. Leveraging Hosted Chef, Zumba has automated every component of both its Amazon and Rackspace clouds, ensuring its development, staging and production environments operate seamlessly in bringing new applications and services to Zumba's website.

"Zumba is a great example of how businesses of all kinds are leveraging the economies of the cloud to rapidly expand their business," said Adam Jacob, Chief Customer Officer, Opscode. "By pairing its cloud infrastructure with Hosted Chef and a DevOps mentality, Zumba now has the business agility and resource consistency to continue growing its customer base."

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.

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