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CloudBees Commits To Jenkins Helping With Free Plugins

Written by  Sudheer Raju | 24 April 2012
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cloudbeesCloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, has provided three proprietary plug-ins for free and donating two open source plug-ins to the Jenkins Community. The free plug-ins enable the Jenkins Community to easily manage a large number of projects, backup Jenkins to the cloud and detect minutes wasted by jobs waiting to be serviced. The open source plugins allow Jenkins users to unify credential management, detect file leaks and diagnose 'file error' problems.

The plugins provided with Jenkins Enterprise by CloudBees help enterprises address issues encountered in sophisticated Jenkins environments. The following plug-ins have been made available for free to the Jenkins Community:

  • Folders Plug-in: Jenkins users can use the Folders Plug-in to create hierarchical folders or custom taxonomies to more easily manage large numbers of jobs. An ability to organize Jenkins jobs hierarchically has been one of the most requested features of the community.
  • Backup Scheduling Plug-in: Jenkins users can use the Backup Scheduling Plug-in to backup their existing Jenkins configuration to the cloud. Users can choose to backup job configurations, build records, system configurations or any combination thereof.
  • Wasted Minutes Plug-in: This plugin helps with capacity planning by highlighting time wasted due to jobs waiting for executor resources. If administrators find that the minutes keep stacking up, they can add more capacity.

Apart from above plug-ins the PAAS provider has also provided source code for two others

  • File Leak Detector Plug-in: Helps Jenkins users diagnose the "too many open files" problem. It watches file descriptor open/close activities of a JVM and allows you to see the list of what's currently opened, as well as the Java call stack that opened the file.
  • Credentials Plug-in: This plug-in allows you to store credentials in Jenkins. It provides a standardized API for other plug-ins to store and retrieve different types of credentials.

The three proprietary plug-ins are available for download from the Jenkins Update Center through the CloudBees Plug-in Gateway. Jenkins users must download the CloudBees Plug-in Gateway and register with CloudBees to get access to the free plug-ins. The open source plug-ins are available from the Manage Plug-ins page of the Jenkins Update Center.

Sudheer Raju

Sudheer Raju

Founder of ToolsJournal, a technology journal on software tools and services. Sudheer has overall accountability for the webiste product development and is responsible for Sales and Marketing. With a flair to write, Sudheer himself writes for toolsjournal across all journal categories.

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