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Cloudbees serves up Jenkins private SaaSy style

OpenStack, AWS support - Azure on the way

Cloudbees has expanded its product range by 50 per cent, adding a Private SaaS version of its Jenkins-based continuous delivery platform that will run on AWS and OpenStack, with Azure support likely by the summer.

Cloudbees Jenkins Platform Private Saas joins the existing Enterprise Edition and Jenkins in the Cloud products. Enterprise Edition is aimed at organisations who want to run and maintain the the platform at scale, while the In the Cloud version, is aimed at small organisations, or small teams within larger organisations.

CEO Sacha Labourey said the new edition was effectively a “superset” of its existing Enterprise product, adding elasticity, self-service, backup and other things that just make life easier when you’re running much larger deployments: “All of that is being done transparently.”

The new product will also mark a departure in pricing - not that Cloudbees publishes a public price list. The current enterprise edition prices installations according to the number of “masters” and “executables”. The Private Saas edition will move to pricing by core, said Labourey.

Given that the aim, initially, is very large deployments, Labourey said he expected typical costs to be in the “six digits” per annum. “It’s aiming at the the big deployments.”

Putting a bit more flesh on the bones, the company later told us that Private SaaS Edition: "Pricing starts at US $121,000 per year including technical support and software updates and allows enterprises to run large scale Jenkins implementations on up to 32 server cores."

Initially, the new product will support AWS when it comes to public cloud, and OpenStack for private deployments. Labourey said this was not set in stone, and it anticipated supporting other platforms.

Admittedly he said it was difficult to identify another immediate candidate to line up alongside OpenStack right now.

However, he said Azure was an obvious choice to expand its public cloud support. However, he said it also wanted to gauge feedback from the customer base.

“It might make more sense to add specific features,” he said.

However, it might seem sensible to expand for Azure to come on board around the time of the next major Cloudbees release, expected around June. This should also chime with the release of Jenkins 2.0.

Labourey said this was “coming along” and was on schedule for H1 release and “we’re going to be onboarding as quickly as possible.” He added that “it’s all going to be backwards compatible” with the previous long-lived version.

Speaking to The Register last month, Labourey said its revenues were somewhere in the $10m to $100m bracket, on the back of “a few hundred customers”. He also said it expected to double revenues this year. ®

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