CloudBees: 'You get as many concurrent build agents as you want.'

CloudBees Interview

Jessica Thornsby

JAXenter speaks to CloudBees CEO, Sacha Labourey, on his new SaaS project.

After a beta of the
software as a service for Java developers was
released last month, JAXenter spoke to CEO Sacha Labourey about
this new project, how it ties in with Hudson, and performing
Continuous Integration in the cloud.

JAXenter: Can you explain the CloudBees

Sacha Labourey: Our company aims at delivering
the leading Java Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS). Yet, instead of
focusing solely on the production aspect, we aim at delivering
services that will help developers all along the application
lifecycle, from development to production, through QA and staging.
We think the cloud can enable developers to refocus on their
applications and remove any IT concern on the way.

JAXenter: How does the CloudBees SaaS for Java
developers, leverage Hudson?

Sacha Labourey: Our Hudson as a Service
offering is very much our first “PaaS customer”: we have made
Hudson multi-tenant and allow developers to get top-quality, stable
continuous integration in the cloud without spending any time
setting it up or maintaining it.

JAXenter: What are the benefits of performing
Continuous Integration in the cloud?

Sacha Labourey: CI usage is very spiky: when
you perform releases or at specific point in time during the day,
you need a lot of compute resources but at other times you don’t
use them at all, which makes CI very suitable for the cloud where
resources can be obtained on-demand. When you try to achieve this
on-demand, first it is not necessarily easy to get those resources
from the IT department, typically more focused on production and
post-production issues, and then managing a farm of compute
resources is time-intensive. With CloudBees, you do not need to
manage anything, we do everything for you, and you get as many
concurrent build agents as you want, concurrently, and pay only by
the minute of usage. You really get the best of all worlds.

JAXenter: What additional products and
services, will CloudBees deliver in the future?

Sacha Labourey: We are currently working on our
first PaaS offering and, in parallel, on adding new development
services next to our first Hudson service.

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