I’m happy to announce the beta release of InfraDNA’s Certified Hudson CI (ICHCI) Server. ICHCI is a value-added distribution of Hudson, and here’s why I think it’s useful:
- First, ICHCI is more stable sustaining release trains from Hudson; ICHCI is periodically branched off from a version of Hudson that was of particularly good quality. Its release cycle will be also much slower compared to the once-a-week cycle of Hudson. So it’s better suited for deployments where the stability is more important than rapid feature delivery.
- Second, ICHCI provides a better out of the box user experience. Hudson’s plugin community is so successful that nowadays it’s actually getting difficult to find the plugins you can really benefit from. I often talk to Hudson users who tell me about a particular itch, and I immediately go “yeah, there’s a plugin for that!” — ICHCI improves this situation by bundling and a number of tested open-source plugins together, making it less of a hassle to run Hudson.
- Third, ICHCI comes with commercial value-add plugins from InfraDNA. In this first beta release, for example, we put a plugin that automates regular automated backup of your configuration and build data. Going forward, ICHCI will be the primary vehicle in which we deliver value-add plugins from InfraDNA, and we have a lot of ideas about what we want to do!
60-day evaluation license for ICHCI is available to everyone. The full license is available as a part of the InfraDNA support subscription plans. Please try it out, and let us know what you think!