Last week we released the new version of Nectar. The version is called Nectar 11.10. This is a short FAQ for existing Nectar/Jenkins users to let them know what's in the release.
Q. Why should a Jenkins user consider Nectar?
As the adoption of Jenkins grows in an organization so does the complexity of managing Jenkins. Nectar pluginshelps administrators to work with large number of jobs, projects, team and deal with this increasing complexity .
Nectar helps secure your installation (for example, with Role-Based Access and other features)
Nectar helps to improve optimization of existing resources through multiple plugins so that organizations can do more with the same resources (often cutting down on costly hardware purchases)
Nectar is released on a 6 month cadence with numerous patch releases between releases so it offers a "throat to choke" for organizations that desire ... well a "throat to choke :-)"
Q. What is being released as part of Nectar 11.10?
Release has few new plugins that help manage large numbers of jobs (through the Templates plugin) and improve resource utilization (throughEven Load Strategy plugin and Skip Next Build plugin)
Release helps optimize resource utilization with the enhancements made to the VMWare Pool Auto-scaling plugin and better manage backups with additional capabilities to the Backup plugin
Release introduces the capability to run Nectar plugins on Jenkins for existing customers
Q. What are the specifics of the plugins (new or updated)?
Skip Next Build Plugin
This plugin allows users to skip building a project for a short period of time. This is useful in cases where build failures are expected such as some external resources are unavailable for a certain period of time or important merges in process. By using this plugin, users can suppress the false failures. The build automatically turns on after the elapsed time period.
The plugin captures the “sameness” of configuration in multiple places. Administrators can define templates of jobs/build steps and replicate them while creating new jobs. Changes are made in one central location and are reflected in all dependent configurations.
Even Load Strategy Plugin
This plugin changes the default job-allocation algorithm of Jenkins to allocate jobs to idle machines instead of the “preferred” ones as today
VMWare Pool Auto-scaling Plugin
This plugin allows you to create agent machines that are VMWare ESXi/vCenter VMs. This offers better resource utilization of your machines. VMWare plugin now allows you to use folders in vCenter to simplify managing large number of VMs. You only have to point to a vapp folder and all machines are automatically picked up – allowing users to dynamically add/remove machines without changing configurations.
The backup plugin allows you to create Jenkins jobs that regularly back up part or the entire Jenkins configuration. This plugin has been updated to automatically manage the number of backups and throw away throw away old unneeded backups based on your configuration. One of the policy supported is the "exponential decay" policy, which keeps larger number of newer backups and fewer number of old ones.
Q. Where can I learn more?
Q. I am an existing customers, how can I upgrade?
Nectar upgrades are just like Jenkins upgrade. You can read the steps for the upgrade in the release notes.
Q. I am an existing Jenkins user, can I try this out?
You can download and try out the release for 30 days for free.
- Harpreet Singh, Senior Director of Product Management
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