Community Experiencing More Adoption in DevOps Segment, Planning Initiatives to Improve Workflow, Onboarding Experience
LOS ALTOS, Calif. – October 20, 2014 – As it celebrates its tenth anniversary and prepares to kick off its biggest annual user conference to date, the Jenkins Community, the community of developers using the Jenkins CI open source continuous integration (CI) server, today announced that Jenkins continues to grow at an accelerated rate. Whether the number of active Jenkins instances, plugins contributed to the community or attendees at Jenkins user conferences, all have continued to grow by double-digit percentages in 2014.
The Jenkins Community will showcase its ongoing success and provide a variety of informational sessions at the Fourth Annual Bay Area Jenkins User Conference (JUC) on Thursday, October 23, in San Francisco. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport and will feature speakers from organizations such as eBay, Target, Gap and Google. CloudBees is the lead organizer and Platinum sponsor for the event.
Growth in the number of active installations of the Jenkins platform has accelerated in 2014. Active installations reached 95,927 as of September 30, 2014, up 37 percent from September 2013 and more than four times the 22,389 installations registered as of December 31, 2010. There were 18,869 active installations added in the first nine months of 2014 – a 45 percent increase from the 13,045 active installations added in the first nine months of 2013.
Jenkins has become the leader for continuous integration and continuous delivery due to its open and extensible plugin architecture. This extensibility enables Jenkins to orchestrate a software delivery pipeline typically comprised of many different tools. The extensive list of available plugins gives developers and DevOps teams the ability to work with their tools of choice to build, test and deliver software. The number of plugins contributed by the Jenkins community crossed 1,000 in October – marking a 20 percent increase over the 832 available on September 30, 2013, and a 65 percent increase over the total available as of two years ago.
“These growth numbers reinforce what we’ve been saying all along: The Jenkins Community is thriving, and is laser-focused on creating value for its members now and long into the future,” said Jenkins CI founder and governance board member Kohsuke Kawaguchi, who also serves as chief technology officer at CloudBees. “We continue to see adoption of Jenkins expand across software delivery processes, across various industries and throughout the enterprise. The push in the market to automate processes remains strong. Jenkins usage is rapidly increasing along with that trend, since a key strength of Jenkins is its ability to automate and orchestrate the entire software delivery process. However, equally as important is the active and vibrant community that continues to advance Jenkins functionality.”
Kawaguchi said the user base for Jenkins is expanding beyond leading-edge developers with advanced skills to include development teams in all industries, including conservative ones such as financial services and transportation. Jenkins users, he said, are taking advantage of a wider range of technologies – from Amazon Web Services to Platform as a Service (PaaS), from Chef to Vagrant – to automate processes, creating better quality projects in less time, at lower risk and at a reduced cost.
Development of Jenkins CI – originally created by Kawaguchi in 2004 – is driven by the Jenkins open source community. The community has an ambitious list of initiatives in its sights as it enters its second decade.
Kawaguchi outlined the following initiatives as leading candidates for Jenkins:
- Workflow – Providing the most flexible way to let people orchestrate complex activities on Jenkins, for use cases such as continuous delivery pipelines and distributed parallel processing.
- An even better onboarding experience – Making it easier for new users to perform simple automatic builds on hosted repositories such as GitHub with as few mouse clicks as possible.
- Jenkins managed as code – Helping those using Chef, Puppet or other configuration automation tools to deploy Jenkins and its jobs.
Beyond the growth in plugins and active installations, Jenkins’ increasing popularity is illustrated in the growth in the number of attendees at its user conferences. The upcoming JUC in San Francisco has enrolled 37% more Jenkins users than the conference had in 2013. Counting other Jenkins JUC events in Boston, Berlin and Israel, more than 2,300 Jenkins users will have attended a Jenkins User Conference in 2014.
About Jenkins CI and Jenkins Community
Jenkins CI is an open source project developed for and by the Jenkins CI community. Jenkins CI is the leading open source continuous integration (CI) server. Built with Java, it provides more than 1,000 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
The Jenkins Community helps advocate the use of Jenkins CI to the larger development community, serving as a central source for tutorials, forums and other helpful resources for Jenkins CI users of all skill-levels. By recognizing the numerous contributors to the Jenkins CI project, the Jenkins Community creates and fosters a community-powered infrastructure for maintaining and further developing Jenkins CI.
CloudBees (www.cloudbees.com), the Enterprise Jenkins Company, is the continuous delivery (CD) leader. CloudBees provides solutions that enable IT organizations to respond rapidly to the software delivery needs of the business. Building on the strength of Jenkins CI, the world’s most popular open source continuous delivery hub and ecosystem, the CloudBees Continuous Delivery Platform provides a wide range of CD solutions for use on-premise and in the cloud that meet the unique security, scalability and manageability needs of enterprises. The CloudBees Jenkins-based CD solutions support many of the world’s largest and most business-critical deployments.
Backed by Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Verizon Ventures, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of continuous integration, continuous delivery and DevOps professionals. Follow CloudBees on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+. You can also try CloudBees solutions for free — in the cloud or on-premise.
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