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CFEngineProduct Overview

  1. About CFEngine
  2. Pros of CFEngine
  3. Cons of CFEngine
  4. Breakdown of core features

CFEngine product overview

CFEngine is a configuration management solution to manage IT infrastructures securely. It runs on servers in datacenters, embedded devices, and in the cloud — ensuring every device is compliant with the organization’s desired state and configuration. It equips DevSecOps teams with a versatile solution to automate day-to-day tasks — freeing up time to focus on more important business priorities. Regardless of scale and complexity, CFEngine constantly keeps the infrastructure secure and up to date.

The solution is open source software with an Enterprise edition. It enables IT organizations to improve productivity in times of growing demands and constrained resources. With CFEngine, IT companies can provision new services faster while providing continuous availability. CFEngine runs on more than 10 million servers worldwide. It executes billions of configuration checks every hour and automatically fixes numerous system drifts that otherwise would have destabilized the infrastructure and required manual correction.

CFEngine lets organizations become more agile and thrive in the Cloud Era by simplifying, automating, and transforming how they build, deliver, and consume IT infrastructure and applications.

Pros of CFEngine

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  • It allows companies to minimize potential vulnerabilities due to configuration drift. IT teams can roll out updates and changes to infrastructure in seconds.
  • Businesses can leverage CFEngine’s automation capabilities to continuously enforce compliance and reduce manual intervention. As compliance requirements evolve, the software’s flexibility and customization help organizations adapt.

Cons of CFEngine

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  • CFEngine does not provide comprehensive documentation and examples.

Breakdown of core features

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Mission Portal

The CFEngine Enterprise Mission Portal has a central dashboard for real-time monitoring, search, and reporting for immediate visibility into the environment’s actual vs. desired state. Companies can also use Mission Portal to set individual and group alerts and track system events that make users aware of specific infrastructure changes. Through Mission Portal, CFEngine gives a single source of truth to see the most critical infrastructure information at a glance.

WebScale IT automation

CFEngine facilitates building and managing physical and virtual infrastructure. Its distributed architecture, minimal dependencies, and lightweight autonomous agents enable DevSecOps teams to manage 5,000 nodes from a single policy server. The software reduces exposure to unwarranted changes and prevents extreme delays for planned changes that need urgent application at scale. Users can also automate the infrastructure with self-service capabilities.

Self-healing continuous operations

With CFEngine, IT admins can gain visibility into the infrastructure and applications and get alerts to issues immediately. The system’s built-in inventory and reporting features automate troubleshooting and compliance checks and remediate in a self-healing fashion.

Policy Analyzer

Policy Analyzer provides users with real-time information about how each line of policy performs on servers in the infrastructure — helping IT teams troubleshoot without guesswork. Moreover, organizations can define system states using CFEngine policy.

(Last updated on 08/22/2022 by )

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  • Configuration Management
  • Autonomous Agents
  • Reporting Hub with SQL database
  • Mission Portal web interface
  • File integrity Monitoring
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Dashboards
  • Inventory Reporting
  • Compliance Reporting
  • Policy Analyzer
  • Alerts and Triggered Actions
  • Wide Platform Support
  • WebScale IT Automation
  • Self-healing Continuous Operations


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