Red Hat’s announcement today of OpenShift’s support of Jenkins was inevitable and very welcome here at CloudBees. Of course, Jenkins continues to be the strongest CI offering and a very successful open source project, and RedHat is an active, supportive member of the community.
When RedHat gets OpenShift into production and figures out the business model for it, CloudBees will have some competition in a PaaS marketplace that has already validated the role of CI and cloud application lifecycle management. And you shouldn’t expect RedHat to be the last of the incumbent packaged middleware vendors to figure out the value that continuous integration and continuous delivery bring to the cloud. That’s because the developers and companies who are harnessing the cloud are learning that continuous integration and delivery are going to be an incredibly important part of their competitive position as they take advantage of PaaS and the flexibility of IaaS to deliver their own software as a service.
The cloud is the future of middleware, PaaS gives Java developers the platform to take advantage of it, and companies who miss the train will be waiting at the station for the old Client-Server Local to pull in. Welcome to the future, Red Hat!
For those of you wanting a ticket on the express train now, you can join thousands of others using Jenkins as a Service on the CloudBees Platform, in production today with automated production deployment on your choice of Java runtimes — all brought to you by the Jenkins experts.
— Steve Harris, Senior VP of Products