CFEngine: Large scale and complex IT Infrastructure Automation Made Easy

Managing your IT infrastructure can be a headache these days. This is especially true when you have a large-scale or complex infrastructure. You’ll need to make sure that you can make changes across the board consistently and securely. At the same time, you also have to monitor for compliance issues. It can be a rather unwieldy ongoing task, but with CFEngine you can just automate these tasks.

If you’re going to use CFEngine, at least you won’t be alone. In fact, many of the largest and most complex IT infrastructures today make use of CFEngine so that they can make global changes consistently and safely. These enterprises include Intel, Comcast, Chevron, Panasonic, Samsung, DirecTV, Chevron, LinkedIn, and Deutsche Telekom.


  • Speed: CFEngine is perhaps the fastest automation solution in the industry. One bank client previously used a push-based automation solution, and it took more than 5 hours to update packages across several thousand servers. But with CFEngine you can update 100,000 hosts in just a few minutes. For just 20,000 servers, any change or patch can be applied virtually instantaneously.
  • Security: CFEngine is very secure, and its track record in security has been excellent for the last 20 years. It’s why government and finance enterprises generally favor CFEngine. Communications between hub and clients can be encrypted, and CFEngine uses its own protocol to communicate. New libraries are seldom added to the code, and each new library is carefully reviewed.
  • Stability: This has been proven over 2 decades, and the great security has added to the stability. In addition, CFEngine will detect any user error or policy code mistakes during validation and avoid deployment.
  • Scalability: CFEngine will grow with your infrastructure, and by scaling the hubs horizontally it makes scaling easy, simple, and less expensive.

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