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How Facebook uses IT automation to manage 16,000 MacBooks

Matt Kapko | July 20, 2015
Facebook wasn't always a well-oiled machine when it came to IT automation, but the company's phenomenal growth led to some key changes in how its technology staff manages an ever-growing collection of Apple MacBooks.

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.


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