Four reasons to celebrate Jenkins builds with ElasticBox

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It’s the holiday season. Time to celebrate and reflect on the year ending.

If you’ve spent the year wrangling with Jenkins build jobs, then slaves are probably a tedious reminder. Especially if you think of the work required to set up build environments in different clouds. Then compound that with environments to match different stages of product readiness such as dev, test, production. See the drudgery involved?

Have a look at this video to see how build environments are no longer cumbersome thanks to ElasticBox. In the video, we define a test slave environment in ElasticBox once and then use it as a slave to run Jenkins jobs to test a JBoss ticketing app in any cloud.

Jenkins, a popular build tool

Done watching the video? If you’re still here pondering Jenkins and wondering how ElasticBox can help then read on.

You know well that Jenkins is a popular tool that lets you trigger jobs based on certain events. The cool thing about Jenkins is that it can integrate with a number of systems like your source control repository and your business workflow systems. Therefore, it’s no surprise that you often integrate Jenkins to merge code check-ins to production round the clock.

Typical Jenkins build setup

Some of the things you do with Jenkins include running builds on different environments such as dev, test, staging, and production. To do this, you have to set up each environment on which the workloads run. Let’s consider the setup, which can be time consuming.

  • Firstly, you have to configure jobs with all the commands and scripts required to run workloads on each environment.
  • Secondly, you have to configure slaves to run the jobs in each environment.
  • Thirdly, if there are changes to the build environment like a new library or runtime version, you have to update slaves or rebuild machine images for the slave.
  • Lastly, you have to configure a slave each to run anywhere: your local infrastructure like a laptop, your private cloud like vSphere, OpenStack, or the public cloud like AWS, Google Cloud, Azure.

Jenkins and ElasticBox

A big plus in using Jenkins with ElasticBox is to automate configurations in a more efficient and repeatable fashion. When you use ElasticBox, you do away with repeated setup. No longer do you set up dev, test, staging, or production build environments for each cloud. No longer do you define slaves for each environment either.

Want to find out how ElasticBox can automate your slave drudgery? Contact us for a demo and try out the Jenkins tutorial to experience a happier life in the coming year with ElasticBox providing Jenkins build slaves.

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