BookRenter, which tries to make education more affordable by allowing students to rent textbooks for up to 80% off the retail price, has starting using Hosted Chef from Opscode to rapidly spin up additional servers and handle application updates and editing without manual interference.

BookRenter is also using Hosted Chef to give it the capability to launch a mirror site in a separate data center in a matter of minutes, a preemptive move in the event of any kind of outage at its primary data center, according to Opscode, a provider of cloud infrastructure automation products.

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