Microsoft’s Director of Program Management for Azure, Corey Sanders, has taken to the Azure blog to announce a new collaboration with the Jenkins project.
Jenkins is an open-source, cross-platform tool for building, testing, and implementing changes in software projects continuously, with integration with “a large number of testing and deployment technologies”. Jenkins is easy to install, configure, and extend the default capabilities, which has made it the preferred choice for many organizations when it comes to software development. The fast growth of the Jenkins project however, means it needs a more robust base platform to keep on developing, and that’s where Microsoft and Azure comes in.
Specifically, as part of the partnership, Microsoft will host, as well as providing computing resources, to the Jenkins project through the Azure Cloud, including the Jenkins website and its management build. The collaboration comes at a crucial time as Jenkins 2 was recently released, and the power of Azure should help Jenkins to continue expanding and providing its builds to development teams worldwide more securely.
On Azure, we strive to offer you the most choice and flexibility. This deep collaboration with the fantastic Jenkins open source community builds on this commitment.
-Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management, Azure, Microsoft
Microsoft, who has been increasingly getting involved in open-source projects as part of its complete culture change, should also benefit greatly from the positive image this new partnership brings; after all, hosting Jenkins also means working closely with Jenkins users, a large part of which is the open-source community.