In early 2014, Facebook decided to make the switch to Chef, a set of IT automation tools that turn infrastructure into code, and Munki, another set of utilities that OS X administrators can use to manage software installs on client machines. Before that could happen, though, Dodge and his team had to completely rewrite all of their code during a two-month sprint.
Munki and Chef now power all of Facebook's IT automation, and Dodge says he's confident the pair of open-source tools will meet the company's needs for years to come. There's a learning curve involved, especially with Chef, but in his standing-room-only session at Tuesday's conference he insisted that attendees' efforts to learn more about the tools would pay off in spades. They did for Facebook, at least.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.