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Harness Picks 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, for an undisclosed amount. provides self-service Continuous Integration (CI) platform as part of an open source project, which was founded in 2012 by Brad Rydzewski.

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By acquiring, 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.

Source: Harness blog, by Jyoti Bansal
Source: Harness blog, by Jyoti Bansal

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, we can accelerate this mission, and at the same time, embrace and commit to the open-source community so we can innovate together.”

Drone CI CD Pipeline, source Github
Drone CI CD Pipeline, source Github
Will 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.

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Once acquired, companies tend to lose their original purpose and market. But for, 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.

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As part of the deal, Harness has also hired founder Brad to its executive team.

Drone CI Plugin- Kubernetes
Drone CI Plugin- Kubernetes

Today, marketplace provides plugins for CI integrations with the cloud migration, data management, DevOps, and Docker.

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The community includes:

  • AWS CloudFormation
  • AWS ECS and ECS Deploy
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS S3
  • AWS Elastic Beenstalk
  • Ansible
  • Bluemix Cloud Factory
  • Backblaze B2
  • Cloudflare
  • DataDog
  • Docker
  • Google Cloud Functions
  • Facebook
  • Kubernetes
  • Marathon
  • Slack
  • Telegram

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