Sacha Labourey, CEO at CloudBees, joins DevOps Radio host Andre Pino, just in time for the general release of Blue Ocean, the dramatic new UX implementation of Jenkins. Though they do navigate their way to Blue Ocean, they actually start out with a deep dive into open source and its evolution.
In this episode, Sacha explains that Blue Ocean is not just bringing the Jenkins experience into 2017, but is in fact a radical departure from anything else on the market. It’s the same Jenkins engine but a completely reimagined UX, enabling users to move from concept to reality, focusing on their unique use case. With Blue Ocean, users have the ability to visualize software pipelines - to see in real time what the status of their software delivery pipeline is. Users can graphically modify pipelines and easily add and remove steps, configuring their pipeline to run the way they want it to.
To get to Blue Ocean, Sacha and Andre rewind to talk about Sacha’s path from the early days of open source and his stint at JBoss. These were the days of the “sandal brigade” (we see a theme here: blue ocean, sandals, warm weather, sandy beach…) and companies pushing back on allowing open source inside the enterprise. Fortunately, over time open source has become accepted in even the largest enterprises.
Sacha then shares the story of his meeting Kohsuke Kawaguchi, founder of Jenkins, explaining that it almost didn’t happen due to an errant email. Sacha and Andre then discuss the evolution of Jenkins from a continuous integration tool, to now the de facto tool for continuous delivery.
Sacha likes to think of CloudBees as a best friend to the Jenkins project. CloudBees contributes significant resources to the project, including substantial development resources. Jenkins Pipeline came about from work initiated by CloudBees. That work evolved into a foundation for Blue Ocean, created by a team of CloudBees developers led by James Dumay. Sacha mentions he couldn’t be prouder of the growth of the Jenkins project, now 12 years old, with more than 150,000 active installations and 1,300 plugins that enable Jenkins to integrate with almost any technology on the market.
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Sacha on stage at Jenkins World 2016 in Santa Clara, CA.