Cloud Infrastructure Startup Opscode Bags $20m Funding

Opscode, the cloud infrastructure automation outfit, has just announced that a number of new companies are now using its Hosted Chef and Private Chef systems to ensure rapid deployment of new infrastructure and applications.

Those companies include Ancestry.com, Decide.com, EDO Interactive, LAN Airlines, Marshall University and SolutionSet. Chef is an open source configuration management tool built for automating the cloud.

Mitch Hill, CEO at Opscode, commented: "As we enter the era of cloud computing, it is critical that we solve for the skills and tools gap created by the rapid and unabated proliferation of IT complexity."

"Opscode Chef bridges that gap by enabling IT with the tools and skills necessary to effectively build and manage next-generation IT infrastructure. Today, we're already seeing significant enterprise traction for our commercial Chef products, with some of the world's leading companies using Chef to gain business agility and competitive advantage."

Opscode has also just secured a major dollop of $19.5 million in funding, Techcrunch reports, bringing the total funding behind the company to $33 million.

CEO Hill notes that his company faces competition in the main from old school system management services, longer in the tooth offerings from the likes of IBM and HP. Opscode currently has thousands of users, though some are using the system for free currently.