At its unscripted conference today, Harness unveiled a streamlined open source git platform, dubbed Gitness, that is significantly lighter weight than the platforms DevOps teams traditionally rely on to build increasingly complex applications.
At the same time, the company is adding four additional modules to its continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform to improve developer productivity and make it simple to build and deploy secure applications.
Finally, Harness is launching an Engineering Excellence Collective, a consortium of 300 senior engineering leaders. The collective is developing a maturity model based on 11 pillars for achieving software engineering excellence; a FinOps Excellence community initiative was also announced to advance best practices for controlling cloud computing costs.
Harness CEO Jyoti Bansal said the need for a modern open source Git platform—as an alternative to legacy platforms developed a decade ago—has never been more apparent. Gitness provides all the collaborations, performance, analytics and security capabilities DevOps teams require in a streamlined platform that reduces overall bloat by seamlessly integrating, for example, code hosting and automated pipelines, he added.
Other core capabilities include automated status checks and mandatory reviews, branch protection rules, user access management tools and a semantic search engine that has been infused with generative artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that invoke multiple large language models (LLMs).
Collectively, the approach reduces the amount of time spent when attempting to integrate and manage disparate tools on legacy platforms that inevitably lead to the creation of additional bottlenecks, said Bansal. Rather than bolting on additional tools, the time has come to simplify software engineering by migrating to a platform specifically designed to address modern software engineering requirements, he added.
Designed to be installed using Docker contains in a matter of minutes, DevOps teams can also take advantage of tools to automatically migrate their existing repositories and pipelines from platforms such as GitHub and GitLab.
Gitness is also at the core of one of the four additional modules that Harness is adding to its portfolio. The Harness Repository is a premium tool, available in beta, that provides governance and compliance-as-code capabilities embedded within the repository.
The three other modules being added are a Harness Internal Developer Portal based on open source Backstage software, Harness Infrastructure as Code Management that makes it simpler to implement GitOps workflows at scale and Harness Software Supply Chain Assurance to provide visibility into open source software components and manage the creation of software bills of materials (SBOMs).
It’s not clear whether DevOps teams are ready to rip and replace existing platforms, but the pressure to improve developer productivity has never been higher. Organizations increasingly realize that developers are spending the bulk of their time managing development environments tied to legacy platforms that create bottlenecks and are becoming more costly to manage and sustain.
Harness, in effect, is now calling for the establishment of an alternative approach based on open source software that promises to streamline software engineering workflows. As applications incorporate microservices, security controls and AI models, they are only going to become more challenging to build and deploy at scale.