This is a guest blog from Chris Kelly, developer/evangelist at New Relic. New Relic is a CloudBees Ecosystem partner.
If you are getting ready to launch into a new project, you likely have a whole list of prep work you want to complete before you get started. Your list probably includes, at a bare minimum, setting up source control, continuous integration, deployment, hosting and monitoring. Even with experience getting these components configured, you can spend a few days just getting your setup done; all of this before even writing your first line of code.
Before you even write that first line of code, you should be busy thinking about your product–which features are important and who are your users. In fact, you should spend the vast majority of your time thinking about your product and as little time as possible thinking about the ancillary factors of delivering your product to your users. Small teams and large organizations alike should be focused on making their users happy; that is done by improving your application and adding features.
As a former CTO, I capitalized on *aaS-based tools in order to keep the team focused on building our product and getting it out to our users. You certainly cannot forego having source control, CI, continuous delivery and metrics; but at the same time, you don’t want to pull resources away from making your users happy. One set of tools that can help you achieve all these goals is the CloudBees Platform and ClickStarts, which allow you to get all of the components you need without the effort of rolling your own.
With the click of a few buttons you can have a robust application stack complete with properly configured web servers, hosting, CI, logging, email, search indexes and monitoring. New Relic is proud to be a part of the inaugural ClickStarts offering since we firmly believe that you should be able to focus on what matters: your code, products and users.
You can add services, like New Relic, after you have deployed your ClickStart. To add New Relic, go to Services and then Add Services. You can learn more about New Relic and add it to your application stack. Lastly, you’ll need to enable New Relic from the configuration page of your application. As a CloudBees customer, you get New Relic Standard for free. To learn more, go to http://newrelic.com/cloudbees.
If you’re spending too much time managing your application’s infrastructure, you should give CloudBees and New Relic a try.
Chris is the developer/evangelist at New Relic, makers of application performance monitoring tools. Prior to New Relic, Chris led an engineering and operations team in building an e-commerce platform for the publishing industry. He is an avid Rubyist and is the open source evangelist at SD Ruby.