Jenkins-Docker pairing gathers momentum

Jenkins and Docker together could be a force in continuous delivery

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The Jenkins-Docker link is getting a boost from Jenkins platform vendor CloudBees.

The pairing was noted prominently during this week’s Jenkins User Conference in Silicon Valley, where Jenkins founder and CloudBees CTO Kohsuke Kawaguchi cited the symmetry. “You can maintain a very clean, homogeneous environment,” by running Jenkins with Docker, he said. If an installation features a lot of build slaves, or nodes, the same processes can be run over and over. “I know [that linking Docker and Jenkins] is something that a lot of people are interested in today.”

The company is even building a private cloud platform based on the Docker-Jenkins pairing. CloudBees Jenkins Platform Private SaaS Edition (aka Tiger) is in an alpha release stage and will provide ways to offer Jenkins as a service, said Andre Pino, CloudBees vice president of marketing. Tiger runs processes inside a Docker container. “What we’re going to see going forward is that Jenkins and Docker are going to become the standards for continuous delivery,” Pino said. Jenkins will automate the process and offer container technology to simplify deployment, he said.

There are also Docker plug-ins for Jenkins, Kawaguchi noted, including one for using Docker to run Jenkins as a Docker container. In addition, you'll find Docker Hub Notification, integrating with the Docker Hub cloud-based registry service for application or service containers, and Docker Build and Publish plug-in, for building projects with a Dockerfile text document.

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