CloudBees Works with Jenkins and Jenkins X Projects, Linux Foundation, Google to Launch Continuous Delivery Foundation

Industry group creates foundation for development and promotion of open source CD-related projects

SAN JOSE, CA. AND LINUX FOUNDATION OPEN SOURCE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, HALF MOON BAY, CA. – March 12, 2019 – CloudBees, the enterprise DevOps leader powering the continuous economy, today announced the launch of the Continuous Delivery Foundation (CD Foundation or CDF), a new foundation that will operate under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. CloudBees led the launch initiative, in collaboration with the Jenkins and Jenkins X communities, Google and the Linux Foundation itself.

The CDF will focus squarely on developing, nurturing and promoting open source projects, best practices and industry specifications related to continuous delivery. The CDF will house a variety of open source projects, including Jenkins, Jenkins X, Spinnaker and Tekton. Additional projects are expected to join, with the goal of bringing together a continuous delivery (CD) ecosystem to build specifications and projects around portability and interoperability. CloudBees will participate as a founding member and will contribute technologies and resources to the project on an ongoing basis.

“The time has come for a robust, vendor-neutral organization dedicated to advancing continuous delivery,” said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, creator of Jenkins and CTO at CloudBees. “The CDF represents an opportunity to raise the awareness of CD beyond the technology people. For projects like Jenkins and Jenkins X, it represents a whole new level of maturity. We look forward to helping the CDF grow the CD ecosystem and foster collaboration between top developers, end users and vendors.”

The CDF will create a way for other commercial companies to invest in the growth and success of open source projects like Jenkins, helping to extend the project and the ecosystem around it. It also will give top developers, end users and vendors the ability to advocate for open source CD solutions, share ideas and promote open standards in the DevOps space.

Sacha Labourey, CEO and co-founder of CloudBees, said the move of the Jenkins project to the CDF enhances CloudBees’ longstanding support of the Jenkins community. “We believe this is the right path for the Jenkins and Jenkins X projects, as well as the industry,” Labourey said. “To date, CloudBees has been the primary supporter of all things Jenkins – and that support will unequivocally continue. However, the move of Jenkins to the CDF means the project will grow even more quickly than it has, with more contributors behind it. The CDF was a CloudBees-driven initiative, and we see it as vital to furthering CD. It benefits us all to do this.”

The CDF will be staffed and operated by the Linux Foundation. Members are expected to include a cross-section of cloud infrastructure providers, DevOps vendors, enterprise software providers, system integrators and end users from many different industries.

“As the market has shifted to containerized and cloud native technologies, the ecosystem of CI/CD systems, DevOps and related tools has radically changed. The number of available tools has increased, and there’s no defining industry specifications around pipelines and other CI/CD tools,” said Chris Aniszczyk, vice president of developer relations, Linux Foundation. “CloudBees, Google and the other CDF founding members recognize the need for a neutral home for collaboration and integration to solve this problem. The CDF will establish a community to advance industry best practices and innovation around CI/CD.”

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CloudBees is powering the continuous economy by building the world’s first end-to-end system for automating software delivery, the CloudBees Suite. The CloudBees Suite builds on emerging DevOps practices and continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) automation adding a layer of governance, visibility and insights necessary to achieve optimum efficiency and control new risks. Since every company in the world is now a software company, this new automated software delivery system is becoming the most mission-critical business system in the modern enterprise. As today’s clear leader in CI/CD, CloudBees is uniquely positioned to define and lead this new category. CloudBees puts companies on the fastest path to transforming great ideas into great software and returning value to the business more quickly.

Backed by Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Verizon Ventures, Delta-v Capital, Golub Capital and Unusual 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 and LinkedIn.

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