Harness Picks Drone.io for Open Source CI/CD Pipelines
DevSecOps startup company Harness is deep-diving into Open Source CI / CD market. The continuous delivery platform provider for DevOps ecosystem acquired self-service software automation development and testing platform, Drone.io for an undisclosed amount.
Drone.io provides self-service Continuous Integration (CI) platform as part of an open source project, which was founded in 2012 by Brad Rydzewski.
By acquiring Drone.io, Harness intends to empower engineers with a self-service CI and CD platform for easy-to-scale container-native projects. Today, Drone has a vibrant open source community of 100 million-plus pulls on DockerHub, 50,000+ active users, and 250+ contributors.
At the time of this announcement, Jyoti Bansal of Harness said –
“At Harness, our mission is to simplify software delivery for engineers and DevOps teams. By acquiring Drone.io, we can accelerate this mission, and at the same time, embrace and commit to the open-source community so we can innovate together.”
Will Drone.io become a commercial platform?
Drone, since its inception, has remained a Continuous Delivery system built on container technology. The engine driving Drone CI CD is a simple YAML configuration file. YAML is a superset of docker-compose that defines and executes automated CI pipelines inside Docker containers.
Once acquired, companies tend to lose their original purpose and market. But for Drone.io, the roadmap might continue to remain similar to its pre-acquisition days.
Harness intends to keep Drone as is– which means, it will always remain open-source.
In addition, Harness is expected to invest significantly over the coming years to its community, platform, and mission.
As part of the deal, Harness has also hired Drone.io founder Brad to its executive team.
Today, Drone.io marketplace provides plugins for CI integrations with the cloud migration, data management, DevOps, and Docker.
The community includes:
- AWS CloudFormation
- AWS ECR
- AWS ECS and ECS Deploy
- AWS Lambda
- AWS S3
- AWS Elastic Beenstalk
- Bluemix Cloud Factory
- Backblaze B2
- Google Cloud Functions