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VEXXHOST is excited to announce the launch of our fully managed Zuul solution, one of the first to reach the market. This offering is available not only to VEXXHOST’s public and private cloud users but also to any organization that wants to take advantage of this effective project gating, CI tool through consuming this software-as-a-service offering.
With the development and testing of builds continuing to grow not only in complexity but also in scale, the need for improved, efficient management of approvals and merges has evolved as well. This is where Zuul software truly shines as a DevOps tool.
Zuul was designed to resolve a common struggle faced by both the development and operations teams by delivering a solution for the automatic merging, building and testing of any new changes being made to a project, producing an automated gated workflow pipeline. This means that new or changed code is prevented from making it into production without passing the unit integration tests designed and defined by the project keeper.
Furthermore, Zuul also simplifies the code review process for managers. Considering that projects across departments and teams consist of not only many moving parts, but can also require aspects and features of each other, the dependency testing delivered by Zuul empowers users to test across different projects all while managers are assured that each branch and commit work together cohesively before being merged.
“The OpenStack community created Zuul to solve a big problem: stop merging broken code in a massive, global project where thousands of developers made 65,000 commits in 2018, around the clock. OpenStack is one of the three largest open source projects on the planet, and Zuul makes it possible to ship code that works. The power of Zuul is now being used by dev teams in industries including automakers, e-commerce, cloud providers, and FinTech. The managed, commercial offering launched today by VEXXHOST brings that power to a more diverse set of users and projects of all sizes.”
Another benefit of Zuul lies in the extensive integration options that it offers. Both GitHub and Gerrit interface with Zuul as source code managers while support is available for OpenStack, Kubernetes, AWS and OpenShift. The key advantages of these wide-ranging integrations are twofold. Firstly, the user is able to enjoy a continuous, straightforward experience as it remains unchanged from their original one. And secondly, it enables organizations to take advantage of and further their multi-cloud strategy, as VEXXHOST is fully equipped and well versed in delivering fully managed, vendor agnostic, OpenStack solutions.
“As a company whose entire cloud infrastructure is powered by OpenStack, we’re extremely excited to be adding support for the OpenStack Foundation project, Zuul, to our growing list of offerings,” said Mohammed Naser, VEXXHOST CEO. “Our fully managed Zuul solution is one the first of its kind and having been avid users and supporters of this software for quite some time, VEXXHOST truly felt that there was not only a need for this Software-as-a-Service solution but a strong case for Zuul as the most effective and efficient gatekeeping software.”
However, Zuul can present a challenge for organizations looking to handle the installation and management process internally. This is where VEXXHOST’s fully managed Zuul solution comes in as it enables users to consume Zuul as a service while VEXXHOST takes care of the infrastructure layer underneath as well as provides constant monitoring and upgrades. VEXXHOST’s fully managed Zuul solution also makes use of approved software since this project has been tested directly against our cloud to ensure its efficient and effective functionality.
Additionally, through this fully managed Zuul solution, users benefit from VEXXHOST’s extensive experience. Not only is VEXXHOST familiar with Zuul as it is used internally for our continuous integration, but we are also able to leverage our experience in managing Canada’s largest OpenStack public cloud, in addition to many private clouds, and make use of our extensive expertise in the areas of OpenStack Foundation projects and OpenStack projects – ranging from upgrades to consulting.