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CloudBees Announces Fall Release Containing New Innovations for Its Application Lifecycle in the Cloud Platform

New Features Accelerate Adoption and Extend Platform for Production-Ready Java(TM) Enterprise Applications

October 04, 2011
Press Release

CloudBees, Inc., the Java Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, today announced its 2011 Fall Release. The release contains enhancements and new features within the CloudBees’ PaaS for Java that span the entire application development lifecycle. The focus of the release was two-fold: to accelerate the platform’s adoption by Java developers through ease-of-use enhancements, and to offer more robust support for sophisticated, production-ready enterprise web applications.

The latest release of CloudBees’ industry-leading PaaS addresses the most important business imperative for application development and deployment: agility. It provides new features that simplify the full Java application lifecycle in the cloud, allowing businesses to get products to market faster and letting Java developers focus on building the sophisticated, production-ready applications that help businesses succeed.

Significant platform enhancements include the following:

Accelerating Adoption: The usability enhancements in the release make the CloudBees platform easier than ever to use and provide a simple path to PaaS application development and deployment. The most significant usability enhancements have to do with continuous deployment. Turnkey continuous deployment is now possible with a click to kick off builds and regression tests, and automatic deployment if release criteria are met.


     
    — Turnkey, Continuous Deployment - CloudBees has simplified the process
        of implementing continuous deployment on its platform. Using CloudBees
        repositories in the Forge, builds kick off as soon as a commit is
        made, without further configuration. Applications can be deployed to
        RUN@cloud simply by clicking a checkbox and entering the application
        ID. A command line SDK is provided that automatically configures this
        functionality.
     
     
    — GIT Improvements - It’s easier than ever to connect CloudBees and
        GitHub-based repositories to Jenkins builds. New GitHub post-commit
        hooks also make it much easier to build GitHub projects with the
        CloudBees Jenkins service. In addition, CloudBees-hosted Git
        repositories now send email notifications when commits are made to Git
        or SVN repositories.
     
     
    — Simplified, Dev-to-Deploy on CloudBees - Integration between Jenkins
        and other CloudBees services like Forge and RUN@cloud have been
        improved to simplify setup. The CloudBees Wiki provides new articles
        and tutorials about the platform to help developers get started with
        building and deploying applications in the cloud.
     
     
    — Jenkins Upgrades - Several improvements and upgrades have been made to
        the Jenkins instance in DEV@cloud, including moving to the latest
        stable release (v. 1.409.1), support for JDK 7 and several Nectar
        plugins. For example, the Nectar Folders plugin lets you group your
        jobs into folders, making it even easier to organize and define who
        can do what with them.
     
     
    — Improved Support for Grails - RUN@cloud and DEV@cloud now have better
        support for Grails to build and run Grails applications on the
        CloudBees platform.
     
     
    — Improved CloudBees Interface and documentation - To help accelerate
        adoption, the CloudBees platform has improved documentation and an
        enhanced user interface that provides a more integrated look and feel
        across all CloudBees services.
     
     
     
     

Extending to the Enterprise: The enterprise enhancements offer new functionality to support production-ready, Java enterprise web applications.


     
    — Support for the Java EE 6 Web Profile Specification - An integrated
        JBoss AS 7 application container allows customers to deploy
        production-ready Java EE 6 Web applications. Enterprises can now
        leverage a wide range of new APIs, including: Servlet 3.0, JSF 2.0,
        CDI 1.0, EJB 3.1 (Lite), JPA 2.0 and JAX-RS 1.1.
     
     
    — New Features for Enterprise Applications - The new Session Store and
        Dedicated Routing features provide production-quality availability and
        security for applications running on Tomcat or JBoss AS 7. This
        release also provides a dramatic reduction in the time required to
        upload applications, which makes application deployment even faster.
     
     
    — New, Role-based Access Control (RBAC) - Role-based Access Control
        authorizes developers, based on their role, to initiate, manage and
        view jobs. Some developers may be able to view and/or manage all jobs,
        while others may only be able to view and manage their own project.
        Administrators can delegate authority to others, further reducing
        overhead and improving security in large organizations.
     
     
    — Eclipse Tools - Customers can now enhance their Eclipse IDE by
        downloading the CloudBees Toolkit for Eclipse plugin. The plugin
        allows Eclipse users to add features for managing their CloudBees
        account, including Jenkins jobs and RUN@cloud applications. The
        CloudBees Toolkit for Eclipse plugin adds CloudBees project wizards,
        build and deploy commands and views for Jenkins and RUN@cloud to
        Eclipse installations.
     
     
     
   
Focused exclusively on Java developers and applications, CloudBees offers the first PaaS that allows companies to build, test and deploy applications in the cloud without limitations or unnecessary infrastructure costs. Unlike other PaaS providers that deliver a thin set of capabilities across multiple programming languages, CloudBees solves the complex problems required to get enterprise Java applications running quickly and reliably in the cloud.

“This update is our most aggressive yet in terms of making our PaaS for Java applications easier than ever for developers to use, and to feel secure in bringing their companies’ development and runtime environments into the cloud as well,” said Steve Harris, senior vice president of products. “All of these improvements are designed to accelerate adoption for companies of all sizes, and extend the platform’s reach into the largest, most demanding production environments.”

CloudBees offers the only develop-to-deploy public cloud platform for Java and is currently serving thousands of customers. The CloudBees platform provides everything developers need to quickly and easily develop and deploy Java applications in the cloud—without having to purchase, configure and maintain hardware, and without having to program applications for a specific underlying Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

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About CloudBees CloudBees ( www.cloudbees.com ) is the only cloud company focused on servicing the complete Java application lifecycle for cloud development and deployment—without any servers, any virtual machines or any IT staff. The CloudBees platform today includes DEV@cloud, a service that lets developers take their build and test environments to the cloud, and RUN@cloud, which lets teams seamlessly deploy applications to production in the cloud.

CloudBees is also the world’s premier expert on Jenkins, the most widely used continuous integration server. The company offers a Jenkins service as part of DEV@cloud, as well as an on-premise enterprise solution, Nectar, which is available as a subscription. Backed by Matrix Partners and Lightspeed Venture Partners, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite technology team.

CloudBees Announces Fall Release Containing New Innovations for Its Application Lifecycle in the Cloud Platform

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