Jenkins Review

It makes the release faster by adding an automated deploy and automation tests


What is most valuable?

  1. CD/CI pipeline
  2. Different types of jobs, such as Pipeline, Build, Freestyle, Maven, etc.
  3. DSL: Groovy for complicated pipeline flow.
  4. Tons of plugins
  5. Is able to integrate with other systems.
  6. Free
  7. Easy to use Jenkins Docker.

How has it helped my organization?

It improves our release. It makes the release faster by adding an automated deploy and automation tests.

What needs improvement?

The bug fix speed is very slow.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Some plugins have critical bugs and are not able to be used.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Most of time, Jenkins is works well. But when you scale up, you need an administrator to manage Jenkins.

How is customer service and technical support?

You need an internal admin for Jenkins.

Which solutions did we use previously?

CircleCI and TeamCity. CircleCI is not strong at release pipelines. TeamCity is not free.

How was the initial setup?

I feel it is pretty easy to set up Docker in my local computer. 

I do not have experience installing Jenkins on the company-wide used server yet, because I am not an Ops/Admin. I am a user of Jenkins.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes. CircleCI and TeamCity.

What other advice do I have?

It meets most of my requirements, such as CI/CD pipeline and an automated test execution. Even if there are some issues in Jenkins and its plugins, Jenkins provides the workaround ability to us. Other CI/CD system are not flexible like Jenkins yet. Also Jenkins provides an API, which you can integrate easily into your application.

When you have more jobs in Jenkins, find an admin to manage the user, queues, jobs, slaves, etc.

I highly recommend Jenkins. It is my favourite CI/CD system.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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