Microsoft Partners With Open-Source Jenkins Project

The open-source Jenkins community is collaborating with Microsoft to move the project infrastructure to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

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Microsoft announced it is partnering with the open-source Jenkins project to advance the Jenkins software automation platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Microsoft will be working with the Jenkins community to move the Jenkins project infrastructure to Azure to improve security and capacity and to offer more services to the project. The technology giant announced the partnership at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Jenkins is a popular Java-based, open-source automation server with a plug-in ecosystem that supports a wide variety of tools for continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) services for software development.

Jenkins is a growing technology that’s been funded by donations from community members and various other organizations.

"But for it to grow and be scalable around the world to where it has the opportunity to go, it really needs a lot more power behind it,” Mark Hill, vice president for open source sales and marketing strategy at Microsoft, told eWEEK. “So we are providing extensive Azure support, along with facilities and infrastructure for the Website. We’re doing an engineering engagement to build the next version of the Jenkins product. And we’ve provided infrastructure to host the build process.”

The Jenkins project continues to grow as more organizations adopt Jenkins to meet their software development, delivery automation and DevOps needs. To support this rapid growth, Microsoft is providing its Azure cloud infrastructure and capabilities spanning Linux Virtual Machines, storage, scaling and load balancing and software delivery, the company said. With Azure, Jenkins contributors will have greater capacity to build, test and deploy the hundreds of plug-ins that integrate Jenkins into nearly any CD process.

The Linux-based infrastructure the Jenkins Project uses has been running on a variety of platforms and servers, some provided by community members, others donated via the generosity of foundations and educational institutions, said Corey Sanders, Microsoft’s director of program management for Azure, in a blog post. However, to continue to grow, the project needs a more reliable Linux platform, he noted.

Thus, “Microsoft is partnering with the Jenkins community to offer both compute resources and technical expertise to build a modern, robust development and delivery infrastructure on Linux and Java in the Azure cloud,” Sanders said. “Azure will also host the Jenkins Website and the Jenkins build that manages the Website. Jenkins will offer Jenkins 2 and legacy Jenkins builds to teams around the world using Azure’s secure and scalable infrastructure.”

Jenkins is already at the core of the vast majority of enterprise Java CI and DevOps automation efforts, so it’s good to see Microsoft embrace it, said Mik Kersten, CEO of Tasktop Technologies, which provides software lifecycle integration tools for developers.