Opscode announced the finalization of $19.5 million in Series C funding led by Ignition Partners, with additional participation from Battery Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, today. The funding will support the expansion of Opscode’s “software engineering, sales, marketing and business development efforts.” Headquartered in Seattle, Opscode develops cloud automation software that streamlines the deployment and ongoing management of cloud infrastructures. Opscode’s flagship product chef is well known for automating the deployment of hardware and software applications for complex cloud IT ecosystems. Today’s announcement of the finalization of Series C funding includes news that John Connors of Ignition Partners joined Opscode’s Board of Directors. Opscode’s total funding now stands at approximately $31 million. Opscode competes with the likes of Puppet Labs and Rightscale in addition to HP, IBM and BMC.