Microsoft Partners With Open-Source Jenkins Project

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-05-19 Print this article Print
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“Providing a credible solution to running Java workloads would broaden Azure’s foothold in the enterprise, since the CI system can function as a gateway drug to the deployment destination,” Kersten told eWEEK. “However, this announcement looks to be limited to hosting the open-source project's infrastructure, so we're not quite there yet. It will be interesting to watch whether this partnership evolves and signals change to come in the slow moving landscape of Java workload hosting."

The Microsoft/Jenkins collaboration comes at a crucial time with the recent launch of Jenkins 2.0, which enables Jenkins users to more readily adopt CD practices and speed software delivery. The new release and future development activities will place more demands on the project infrastructure.

Jenkins 2.0, launched in late April, is the first major release of Jenkins after 10 years and more than 700 weekly releases. Jenkins 2.0 addresses the demands of teams challenged with matching the pace of continuous software delivery while ensuring quality and providing visibility across the full delivery process. Updates to core Jenkins capabilities include first-class support for CD pipelines, clear visibility of delivery stages and enhancements to help users get started more quickly, according to the company.

“As Jenkins user adoption continues to grow into millions of users, the community has responded with core updates to assure continued, long-term success,” said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, creator of Jenkins and CTO at CloudBees, in a statement. “The Jenkins 2.0 release helps new and existing users implement continuous delivery with the most flexible way to model, orchestrate and visualize the entire delivery pipeline.”

With 147,000 installations and more than 1.2 million users, Jenkins is the most widely adopted automation engine with the most extensive plug-in ecosystem for orchestrating continuous delivery pipelines, said Sacha Labourey, CEO of CloudBees.

“As Jenkins continues to be widely recognized as the preferred open-source choice for many organizations to succeed and utilize continuous software delivery, this relationship comes at the perfect time for both the Jenkins community and Microsoft,” said R. Tyler Croy, Jenkins project board member and community evangelist at CloudBees, in a statement. “Microsoft’s continued embrace of open-source technologies is exciting and make it easier for their users to adopt tools like Jenkins. With Microsoft’s support, it further validates how advanced the Jenkins organization has become. This new infrastructure enables the community to plan for the future of Jenkins and support it well.”


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