Infrastructure automation is important - especially if you are running on top of services like Amazon EC2. Tools like Chef promise to automate provisioning and configuration of servers. Chef allows you to specify the configuration of your servers in a nice Ruby DSL. Chef is easy to learn and extend and has proven its value as a core component of systems like EngineYard or Scalarium.
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