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This article is a comprehensive write-up on CloudBees – A Jenkins Based Continuous Software Delivery Service. The article will answer all our queries about it such as What is it? Why use it? Does it have a free tier? What are the products & services it offers?
So, without any further ado.
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1. What is CloudBees?
CloudBees is a service which provides an end to end continuous software delivery system with the help of its products like CloudBees Core, DevOptics & CodeShip. What are they? I will talk about each product in detail up ahead in the article.
A continuous software delivery service like this would free a developer from monitoring & managing the entire software delivery process. Rather he would have time to focus on writing new features & software patches. Services like these sit between the code repos & the cloud on which the app runs.
CloudBees integrates with all the major cloud providers & simplifies the management of tasks by a great deal. It provides role-based access to different users with different levels of user authentication.
Continuous Delivery, Integration & Deployment are now commonplace in the software industry. These practices cut down the software delivery time by notches. Gone are the times when delivering a patch or a feature was seen as a big event.
Companies today are in the process of or have already established software delivery pipelines through which new software changes flow from the repo to the cloud just as water flows through a pipeline. There is also a term in the industry for this called the Liquid Software Development.
Moving on… Let’s delve into the details of the products offered by CloudBees.
2. What Are the Products Offered by CloudBees?
Being the most popular continuous integration server in the industry, Jenkins is the core of CloudBees. The CloudBees service extends the functionalities of Jenkins, provides tools for admin management, & is based on an architecture that would scale inherently. More on CloudBees Jenkins up ahead in the article.
A major upside of using this service is that there is no vendor lock-in since it uses an open-source continuous integration server at its core.
The products offered by the service are CloudBees Core, DevOptics & CodeShip. Let’s find out what they are?
2.1 What is CloudBees Core?
CloudBees Core was initially known as the CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise. It is a cloud-native continuous delivery solution that can be deployed on-prem or in the cloud.
The service can be easily deployed with own self-managed Kubernetes engine or with any cloud-hosted Kubernetes service such as Google Kubernetes Engine, Azure Container Service, Amazon Elastic Container Service For Kubernetes, RedHat OpenShift Container Platform etc.
There is no vendor lock-in & things can also be easily migrated from on-prem to the cloud.
2.2 What is CloudBees CodeShip?
CloudBees CodeShip provides the entire control of the software delivery process right from pushing the code to the repo to deploying the patch on the cloud. No need to manage the Ops, let the service take care of all the code delivery management process. No building & managing the infrastructure for it.
CodeShip provides native Docker support. It supports every kind of application right from a monolith to a microservice. Arrange as many delivery pipelines as you want. Run pipelines in parallel.
If you are intrigued about what are pipelines, stages in a pipeline and workflows. I have written about it in this Wrecker continuous delivery platform article. Have a read.
CodeShip enables automatic triggering of events when the code is pushed to the repo. Running pre-defined tests & everything.
2.3 What is CloudBees DevOptics?
CloudBees DevOptics provides the monitoring & insights on all the events run by the service. This helps in optimizing the delivery infrastructure. Understanding & getting rid of bottlenecks. It helps get an insight if the organization is practising the DevOps best practices.
DevOptics easily integrates with tools like JIRA, code repos like GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket etc.
2.4 What is CloudBees Jenkins?
Jenkins is the industry’s most popular open-source automation server. It is written in Java, it helps automate stuff after we push the code to the repo such as running tests, running validation checks which confirm if the code complies to a standard code formatting etc.
It was initially called Hudson, later renamed to Jenkins.
As I already told you that Jenkins is the core of CloudBees. It leverages Jenkins to add centralized management of projects, scale & comply with the security standards.
All the Jenkins open source upgrades integrate smoothly with the service without any issues on compatibility. Jenkins being open source has a pretty solid community. In case of any custom requirements, the devs can easily write the plugin from scratch without any vendor dependency.
CloudBees has a team of Jenkins certified experts to assist us in case of any deployment issues.
3. Does CloudBees Has A Free Tier?
The service does offer a free tier to test out the delivery process. Have a feel of how things work. In case we need further resources, we can always upgrade. Check out the pricing page for further details.
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