What is the architecture of Chef?

Chef is composed of many components like Chef Server, Client etc. Some of the main components in Chef are as follows:

  • Client: These are the nodes or individual users that communicate with Chef server.
  • Chef Manage: This is the web console that is used for interacting with Chef Server.
  • Load Balancer: All the Chef server API requests are routed through Load Balancer. It is implemented in Nginx.
  • Bookshelf: This is the component that stores cookbooks. All the cookbooks are stored in a repository. It is separate storage from the Chef server.
  • PostgreSQL: This is the data repository for Chef server.
  • Chef Server: This is the hub for configuration data. All the cookbooks and policies are stored in it. It can scale to the size of any enterprise.
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