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CloudBees to help out the Jenkins Community

AnnaKent
Jenkins

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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