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CloudBees to help out the Jenkins Community

AnnaKent
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CloudBees will be providing three free plug-ins and two open source plug-ins to the Jenkins Community

The Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, CloudBees, today announced that it will be providing three free previously proprietary plug-ins and is donating two open source plug-ins to the Jenkins Community.

This is a great addition for the Jenkins Community as it will enable them to manage a large number of projects, backup to the cloud and detect minutes wasted by jobs waiting to be serviced. Not only that, users will be able to unify credential management, detect file leaks and diagnose file error issues.

The free plug-ins which have been made available to the Jenkins Community are:

  • Wasted Minutes Plug-in: It helps with capacity planning by highlighting time wasted due to jobs waiting for executor resources. If administrators find that the minutes keep stacking up, they can add more capacity.
  • Folders Plug-in: Users can use the Folder Plug-in to create hierarchical folders or custom taxonomies to easily manage large numbers of jobs.
  • Backup Scheduling Plug-in: Users can use this plug-in to backup their existing Jenkins configuration to the cloud, and choose to backup job configurations, build records, system configurations or any combination thereof.

CloudBees has donated the source code for two plug-ins, they are:

  • File Leak Detector Plug-in: Helps users diagnose the “too many open files” problem. It watches file descriptor open/close activities of a JVM and allows you to see the list of what’s currently opened, as well as the Java call stack that opened the file.
  • Credentials Plug-in: This allows you to store credential in Jenkins. It provides a standardised API for other plug-ins to store and retrieve different types of credentials.

The founder of the Jenkins open source project, Kohsuke Kawaguchi, had this to say:

CloudBees continues its strong support of the Jenkins community. The donation of this free and open source plug-in brings enterprise-level capabilities to Jenkins users. As Jenkins usage among enterprises increases, users and administrators face an increasing set of challenges — from reliance on Jenkins for mission-critical application development, to complex environments containing many masters and build machines in their Jenkins configurations. We’re happy to help relieve these pain points with new plug-ins that enhance security, productivity and manageability both on-premise and in the cloud.

Jenkins users must download the CloudBees Plug-in Gateway and register with CloudBees to gain access to the free plug-ins. The open source plug-ins are available from the Manage Plug-ins page of the Jenkins Update Centre. For more information click here

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