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Opscode Launches Operations in EMEA

- Imagination and Digital Science Among Nearly 50 EMEA-Based Commercial Customers Leveraging Opscode Hosted Chef™ to Accelerate Time-to-Market and Reduce IT Management

LONDON, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- From Velocity Europe, Opscode®, the leader in cloud infrastructure automation, today announced the launch of operations in EMEA to meet rapidly growing demand for infrastructure automation in the cloud and the enterprise data center. Based in London, Opscode's new EMEA operations will be driven by Andy Hawkins, Technical Director, Opscode UK.

Opscode today revealed that creative communications firm Imagination and innovative software provider Digital Science (see separate releases) are among nearly 50 European companies that have deployed Opscode Hosted Chef™ for everything from configuration management to continuous delivery of infrastructure and applications.

"The nearly 50 commercial customers we've acquired in EMEA before even opening operations speaks to the intense demand we're seeing for our infrastructure automation solutions in the European marketplace," said Mitch Hill, CEO, Opscode. "With Andy on the ground to drive our efforts in EMEA, we have an experienced, technical sales leader capable of capitalizing on the growing demand and driving continued adoption of Opscode Chef throughout Europe."

According to leading research firm IDC, in 2011, the EMEA market represented 25 percent of the $1.1 billion worldwide market for spending on distributed server/workload automation management software[i]. Europe accounts for more than 25 percent of the registered users in the Chef™ open source Community.

Hawkins previously served as Consulting Architect at VCE, the leading infrastructure platform provider formed by a partnership between Cisco and EMC. Prior to VCE, Hawkins held technical and sales positions at Aster Data Systems, HP and Opsware, prior to its acquisition by HP.

About Opscode Chef
Opscode's pioneering software, Chef, is an open-source systems integration framework built specifically for automating the cloud. No matter how complex the realities of business, Chef makes it easy to deploy servers and scale applications throughout an entire infrastructure. Through a combination of configuration management and service-oriented architectures, Chef, Hosted Chef and Private Chef™ make it easy to create an elegant, fully automated infrastructure while simplifying systems management. The Chef community features 16,000 registered users, 900 individual contributors, 135 corporate contributors and 700 cookbooks, providing a rich ecosystem of support for customers looking to make the most of their investment in the cloud.

About Opscode
Opscode is the leader in cloud infrastructure automation. Opscode helps companies of all sizes develop fully automated server infrastructures that scale easily and predictably; can be quickly rebuilt in any environment; and save developers and systems engineers time and money. Opscode's team is comprised of web infrastructure experts responsible for building and operating some of the world's largest websites and cloud computing platforms. More information can be found at

[i] IDC, "Worldwide Distributed Server/Workload Automation Software 2011 Vendor Shares," Doc #235359, June 2012.

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