There was a time when pundits said that DevOps was the symptom and CI/CD the cure. While that may or may not be true, there is no denying that CI/CD is the very heart of DevOps. While that might still be true, DevOps today is so much more than CI/CD; it has evolved, far beyond just its core of CI/CD.
In my preparations for the upcoming DevOps World 2022, held in Orlando, Florida, September 27 to 29, I’ve been briefed on upcoming product announcements by the CloudBees product team. I find it fascinating to see where the CloudBees product line is going. In many ways, CloudBees product evolution mirrors the evolution of DevOps itself.
Today, DevOps includes areas such as observability, security and compliance, GitOps, cloud-native and more. Developing, integrating, testing and deploying software is only one aspect of today’s DevOps. Without divulging any specific product announcements that CloudBees will be making at DevOps World, I can tell you that CloudBees is on a journey that closely mirrors that of DevOps itself.
In my opinion, this is as it should be. CloudBees was one of the pioneers of the DevOps movement. By harnessing Jenkins—the original DevOps killer app—CloudBees helped move DevOps into the mainstream. Of course, Kohsuke Kawaguchi (KK), the creator of Jenkins, has moved on from CloudBees and the Jenkins community was always independent of CloudBees. Nevertheless, many of us in the field see CloudBees and Jenkins as inextricably linked.
While Jenkins is still widely deployed and used, it is no longer the epicenter of the DevOps universe. Over the last couple years, CloudBees has transitioned to become much more than just Jenkins or Enterprise Jenkins and remains at the center of DevOps innovation.
This year‘s DevOps world will be a great opportunity for CloudBees to showcase just how far they’ve come from being solely the enterprise Jenkins company while remaining a preeminent end-to-end DevOps tools provider. If you want to know just how far, well, stay tuned for our coverage of DevOps World where we will be covering all of the product announcements as well as speaking to CloudBees executives and customers about the new products and product lines and capabilities that will be announced.
I have written before that the theme for DevOps World this year is DevOps Remix. Our own DevOps Experience virtual event, coming in November, has a theme of DevOps Everywhere. I think both of these themes speak to the same general idea: DevOps is going where it’s never gone before. It has evolved beyond CI/CD to a new way of developing, delivering and managing software that includes securing it and testing it. Over the next few years, I think we’ll see we’re entering a new golden age of DevOps.
If you can, join us in Orlando for DevOps World. Techstrong.TV will be broadcasting live from the event; if you can’t make it, we’ll keep you updated on all of the developments announced there. Also, join us in November for our own DevOps Experience virtual event, which will highlight DevOps Everywhere: The Edge and Beyond. Hope to see you soon!