SOURCE: CloudBees


November 09, 2010 08:00 ET

Hudson Leader InfraDNA and Creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi Join Forces With CloudBees

CloudBees Releases Nectar 1.0, an Updated Repackaging of InfraDNA's Certified Hudson for Continuous Integration Solution; Complements CloudBees' Hudson as a Service Offering

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  CloudBees, the innovation leader for Java cloud computing, today announced the acquisition of InfraDNA, the leading company providing software, support and services for the popular Hudson open source project. InfraDNA founder and Hudson creator, Kohsuke Kawaguchi joins CloudBees, and will continue to grow and lead the Hudson project. By combining forces with Kawaguchi and InfraDNA, CloudBees becomes the de facto source for Hudson-based continuous integration (CI) solutions, from on-premise to the cloud.

Today, CloudBees also introduced Nectar 1.0, an update and repackaging of InfraDNA's Certified Hudson for Continuous Integration (ICHCI) offering rebranded under the CloudBees product family. Ideal for large and more sophisticated Hudson users, Nectar runs on premise and is available as a subscription offering that includes value-added plug-ins for extended capabilities such as security, manageability and improved transparency and visibility into the development process. Nectar complements the CloudBees Hudson as a service, which first debuted in August 2010 as a centerpiece of CloudBees' DEV@cloud beta. 

News Highlights

  • Founded by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey, CloudBees emerged from stealth in August 2010 with DEV@cloud, a fully integrated development infrastructure featuring a Hudson-based continuous integration offering delivered as a service. DEV@cloud is the foundation for a pure 'no IT, no middleware' Java Platform as a Service (PaaS).

  • Created in 2004 by Kawaguchi, Hudson is the most widely used continuous integration platform, with an installed base that has grown from 5,000 companies to over 25,000 in the past two years. Hudson is backed by a large community, including more than 290 people who have contributed to its development under a liberal MIT license, and an ecosystem of over 350 plug-ins that integrate with tools ranging from Ruby to Java to .NET. 

  • Kawaguchi formed InfraDNA in April 2010 to focus on providing products and services to the Hudson community while still leading the open source development.

  • The combined company is well positioned to transform the Java software development lifecycle with the industry's broadest range of Hudson-based CI solutions, from on-premise to cloud deployment options. In recent years, continuous integration has emerged as a critical practice for better software quality and better development agility.

Product Highlights

  • Companies big and small, such as Digg, NDS, Cisco, Sandia National Labs and Lawrence Livermore National Labs, rely on InfraDNA's unparalleled Hudson expertise to satisfy their continuous integration needs. Under the integrated company, customers can now get support services for Nectar and Hudson open source, directly from the source.
  • Nectar installs in minutes, so users can start doing builds, running tests and tracking code quality metrics right away. As users become more familiar with Nectar, they can take advantage of advanced features, such as utilizing a large cluster of machines, handling complex workflows, doing promotions and releases and setting up security. 
  • Enhanced features in Nectar 1.0 include:
    • VMware Virtual Machine auto configuration and deployment for on-premise scalability;
    • Enhanced backup services;
    • Pre-bundled and configured plug-ins; and
    • Auto-update service.
  • Subscription pricing starts at $3,000 for one Master and up to 5 Build Agents and goes to $50,000 for 10 Masters and 250 Build Agents. It also includes free hours of CloudBees DEV@cloud service, giving users the ability to offload Hudson jobs to the cloud if needed.  

Supporting Quotes

  • On the acquisition, Kawaguchi commented: "Development organizations are increasingly implementing continuous integration practices to deliver better and more responsive software, and their CI platform of choice is Hudson. InfraDNA has enabled us to address the needs of users with an on-premise subscription offering, while also building out the open source project. Now with CloudBees, we can deliver those features we developed for the on-premise subscription to a broader audience, and vice versa. Both InfraDNA and CloudBees share a common vision of bringing agility to the application lifecycle while bringing down costs."

  • Labourey, founder and CEO of CloudBees, said: "CloudBees launched with Hudson because continuous integration must be at the heart of any successful software development, and Hudson is the leading CI server. Having Kohsuke and InfraDNA on board is critical to CloudBees' vision for the first, cloud-agnostic Java PaaS. We plan to continue to expand our DEV@cloud offering with other open source projects and partners in the coming months, and of course release our highly anticipated Java RUN@cloud service in 2011. Onward!"

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About CloudBees, Inc.
CloudBees ( aims to provide the leading Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) covering both a Java production runtime as well as development services across Java, Ruby and .NET environments. The company debuted with DEV@cloud, which features the first Hudson cloud service, and will continue to be built out into a complete development, build, test, staging and production environment for any cloud infrastructure. This 'No IT, No Middleware' approach significantly lowers costs for Java users. CloudBees was founded by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite technology team.

Contact Information

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    Chantal Yang
    Page One PR for CloudBees
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