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Jon Seals

Vibrant DevOps Automation Community Has Fostered Innovation, Enabling Global Brands to Accelerate Software Delivery and Generate Superior Business Value


LOS ALTOS, Calif. – The Jenkins CI community, the community of practitioners using open source Jenkins, today announced that as of January 31, 2015, the Jenkins CI open source project has grown to 102,992 active users worldwide. This major milestone affirms the Jenkins community’s position as having the largest install base of any open source continuous integration and continuous delivery platform.


Jenkins usage is global and pervasive. Ten years after the community launched the first version of its continuous integration server, it has contributed more than 1,000 plugins and enabled faster delivery of software for enterprises all over the world. To provide perspective on the use of Jenkins, in the month of January 2015, 318,000 servers around the globe ran 5,190,252 build jobs on Jenkins. Additionally, 3,381,371 community plugins were downloaded.


The Jenkins Community achieved the following milestones in the 12 months ending January 31, 2015:

  • 34 percent growth in the number of active installations
  • 20 percent growth in the number of community plugins available
  • 64 percent growth in the number of community plugins downloaded
  • 52 percent growth in the number of build machines
  • 69 percent growth in the number of build jobs being run

Additionally, more than 2,000 community members attended a 2014 Jenkins User Conference held in four cities around the world.


Many global brands use Jenkins to develop and deploy critical business applications. Some of the companies who have presented various Jenkins-related topics at industry conferences include: Gap Inc., Google, eBay, Thomson Reuters, Cisco, Barclays, Target, Electronic Arts, Deutsche Bank, SAP, BMW, Robert Bosch, Fidelity, Neustar, Red Hat, Novartis and IBM.


“Automation for both development and operations teams has grown steadily and Jenkins’ usage has grown right along with the market,” said Kohsuke Kawaguchi, CTO of CloudBees and founder of Jenkins.


“Continuous delivery created a common ground for technical people and business people to push innovation forward quickly, make the development process more efficient and reduce risk. Jenkins' extensible architecture allows organizations to leverage innovation easily - through plugins - and allows Jenkins to fit into any IT environment.”


"After just 10 years, Jenkins is widely recognized as the hub of continuous delivery, providing the key technology foundation for companies’ DevOps initiatives,” said Dean Yu, director of release engineering for Shutterfly, Inc., who serves as a member of the Jenkins CI governance board and a member of the Jenkins Community. “From its roots as 'cron with a pretty user interface,' we’re proud to see how Jenkins has grown and the kind of impact it has had for companies using it. We look forward to the advancements and innovations that Jenkins will bring to the table in the next 10 years and beyond!"


Additional Resources

  • Listen to Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Andrew Bayer, Tyler Croy and Dean Yu on a podcast commemorating Jenkins:


  • Learn more about Jenkins Celebration Day:


  • Learn more about Jenkins CI:


  • Download Jenkins CI:


  • Submit a presentation to speak at a 2015 Jenkins User Conference:


  • Get dates/locations for the 2015 Jenkins User Conferences:



About Jenkins CI and Jenkins Community

Jenkins CI is an open source project developed for and by the Jenkins CI community. Jenkins CI is the leading open source continuous integration (CI) server. Built with Java, it provides more than 1,000 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.

The Jenkins Community helps advocate the use of Jenkins CI to the larger development community, serving as a central source for tutorials, forums and other helpful resources for Jenkins CI users of all skill-levels. By recognizing the numerous contributors to the Jenkins CI project, the Jenkins Community creates and fosters a community-powered infrastructure for maintaining and further developing Jenkins CI. You can also follow the Jenkins community on Twitter (@JenkinsCI).

Service provider increases switching capacity to adapt to growing data volumes

Trunk Networks, the leading IT managed services and cloud hosting provider, has chosen Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD) to help it future-proof its infrastructure in anticipation of major increases in customer data and traffic flows. The deployment will be based on the Brocade MLX Series core routers, which are designed to deliver industry-leading scale and performance, high reliability and operational efficiency for the most demanding network environments.


With a customer-focused portfolio of services designed to be a one-stop shop for IT services, Trunk Networks needed a network that would be able to cope with the future needs of its customers. Anticipating a significant increase in data volumes – with some predicting that global data volumes will grow from tenfold between 2013 and 2020 – as a result of business growth and changing customer requirements, in particular an increased preference for cloud-based software and applications, Trunk wanted to increase capacity and improve the performance of the network in order to future proof its infrastructure.


A longstanding Brocade customer, Trunk’s existing network was made up of NetIron CER compact routers and ICX stackable switches, which had been in place for several years. The new, chosen solution involved replacing half the network with the Brocade MLX Series core routers, and enhancing the remaining NetIron CERs in some sites with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interfaces, interconnected across the entire estate. Trunk Networks has been able to dramatically increase its bandwidth capacity and provide greater speed and performance for its hosted, cloud and ISP services.


“The biggest challenge we faced was the rapid growth in the amount of data our customers are generating,” commented Drew Marshall, director at Trunk Networks. “Increased reliance on the cloud, and the emergence of Big Data and the Internet of Things as major trends meant that we needed greater capacity and flexibility if the business was to grow. The answer for us was the Brocade MLX Series, which we’re using in a slightly unusual way in that they serve primarily as switches rather than routers.”


“The new architecture has made our entire network quicker and more responsive, and our platform performance and capacity have both substantially increased,” Marshall continued. “We’ve taken a network that runs well within its capabilities and upgraded and introduced more bandwidth before we needed it, but we’ve also seen improvements in processor functionality and the entire network is now easier to manage.”


“Customers most impacted by the new infrastructure are our cloud and hosted businesses – those customers will have tangibly different levels of access and speed. Our old system was still fit for purpose for the time being, but with the capacity we’ve added to our network we can seamlessly adapt to changing customer requirements for the long-term.”


Joy Gardham, Regional Director, EMEA West at Brocade commented, “Trunk Networks is taking the right steps in order to accommodate and stay two steps ahead of evolving IT requirements. Networks must be prepared for mobile computing, cloud-based services, and Big Data. IDC predicts an 11% shift in budget towards the cloud, and that this year Big Data spending will total $125 billion so we will soon see these trends putting real pressure on networks, many of which are still based on the principles and architectures established 20 years ago. We’re delighted that Trunk Networks’ has chosen to continue adapting its network to the changing IT requirement with Brocade technology, and look forward to watching the business continue to grow and thrive into the future.”


In 2015 Trunk Networks will continue to upgrade its network with the addition of load balancers and has plans to expand its metro area network and pod sites by creating and consolidating dark fibre links between London data centres.


Marshall commented, “For our growing base of cloud and hosted customers, scalability and flexibility in IT is essential, and the new performance and capacity we’ve added are part of our overall strategy of maintaining a reliable, innovative network that is never oversubscribed.”


About Brocade

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

FARNBOROUGH – Eurotech Computer Services Ltd is a leading provider of information technology solutions and services, with a history of supporting industry sectors at the forefront of technology development, such as Oil & Gas, Broadcasting, Government, Education, Life Sciences and more.


In the search for new ways to solve client business issues, the Eurotech team continuously strive to build new solutions that will improve performance and reduce costs. When their latest release of Cloud services were in development, Eurotech recognised the need for a new co-location data centre provider that could enable them to provide a next generation data centre service to their clients and so Eurotech entered into a partnership with Datum Datacentres in Farnborough in 2014.


As Franz Esser, Eurotech’s Strategic Business Manager explains: “Our ethos of driving technology to support the business needs of our clients means that we are continually looking for innovative ways to deliver long term value. As more of our clients are looking to increase corporate agility while, at the same time, seeking options that move costs to an OpEx rather than a CapEx model, we continue to develop Cloud-based solutions and services. Three of these recently launched services are the Cloud Disaster Recovery Service, Cloud Backup Service and our Cloud Network Attached Storage Service. Each of these provide clients with the flexibility to both act and react speedily, with enterprise-class services at the lowest possible operational cost.”


Transitioning to Datum’s leading edge facility has enabled Eurotech to confidently add a range of significant new solutions, knowing that the infrastructure and connectivity so critical to their delivery is fully supported. Eurotech’s Infrastructure Architect, Jordan Buckenham, expands: “When we started the search, we wanted to identify a facility that would fully support our services and provide an enterprise-class primary data centre that would fully support our client The Compliance Cloud to effectively service their dental practice clients across the UK. Their centralised reporting and compliance services to dental practices are delivered via a web-based portal that continuously harvests and collates data from hundreds of dental practices around the UK. Security and availability were always going to be key and after a full evaluation of the shortlist, Datum stood out as the clear choice, due in no small part to its Government-grade secure park location and extremely resilient 2N infrastructure. Datum’s focus on us as a client is also fully apparent and the helpfulness and attitude of the whole team has been exemplary, making our initial migration very smooth.”


“Partnering with Datum gives us the platform from which we can offer our clients flexible deployment options that can be tailored to suit business requirements. With the growing importance of Cloud and the broadening reach of our core solutions, we recognised that connectivity and availability were non-negotiable in delivering a robust, reliable service. Datum’s FRN1 enables us to offer cloud and data centre services from a highly resilient, highly secure facility that delivers a broad range of connectivity options including direct connection to AWS.”


Flexibility works for Eurotech as well as for their clients. Datum’s client-focused flexible approach means that Eurotech are able to take a first refusal on space in to which they can expand as their services grow, without formally committing to the unknown. Matt McCluney, Account Director at Datum for Eurotech, notes: “At Datum we pride ourselves not just on building a data centre that fully supports business critical IT with high availability, high security and strong connectivity, but also on working with our client to develop a co-location service that supports their desired business outcomes. We see this as a long term relationship and we are delighted that Eurotech selected Datum Datacentres as the partner to support their future growth.“


About Eurotech Computer Services

Eurotech Computer Services Ltd started by delivering Enterprise Tape solutions into the oil and gas industry in the early 1990’s, but has since grown to become a leading provider of a broad spectrum of IT solutions and services to clients across EMEA. Today Eurotech has offices in England, Scotland, Norway and South Africa and has succeeded in striking the right balance between innovative technology and specialist solutions to deliver the performance, reduced TCO and capacity that clients demand.


Eurotech’s core skills are in High Performance Computing (HPC), Enterprise Storage, Hyper-converged Infrastructure, NAS optimisation, Virtualisation and all the networking, hardware, software and security components needed to bind all of these technologies together into an end-to-end IT solution. Eurotech has launched a full set of innovative Cloud Services to offer clients greater flexibility, scalability and a different cost model for purchasing IT.


Eurotech also has a dedicated Professional Services and Geoscience Services business that backs up the technical solutions with the human resources needed to make IT work for your business.

For more information: http://www.eurotech-computers.com/

MatchWare’s highly-anticipated MindView 6 sets a new standard for mind mapping software by overhauling every aspect of the solution from the ground up, including: Interface & Formatting, Views, Project Management, MS-Office Integration, Usability, UX and more.


TAMPA, Fla. – MatchWare Inc., a leading provider of proprietary mind mapping and meeting management software, announced today that it has released the much-anticipated version 6 of its acclaimed mind mapping solution MindView.


MindView 6 sets a new standard for mind mapping software by overhauling every aspect of the solution from the ground up, including: Interface & Formatting, Views, Project Management, MS-Office Integration, Usability, UX and more. Notable improvements that have been especially well-received by MindView 6 beta testing groups and inaugural customers include:

  • A New Streamlined MS-Office 2013 Interface with Backstage
  • New MS Word Templates and Improved MS Word Importing
  • A New Smart Nav Module for Navigating Large Maps
  • New Preset Project Management Filters
  • A New Legend Filter that Enhances Usability
  • A New Capture Bar to Capture Text and Images from Apps and Websites

In total, MindView 6 features over 40 major additions and improvements compared to MindView 5, which was named an Editor’s Choice by PCMAG.com, and has earned rave reviews from customers worldwide.


“Since the beginning, our vision with MindView has always been to provide customers with an unprecedented ability to maximize their productivity, accuracy and quality, while they reduce time, cost and risk,” commented MatchWare’s Product Manager Thomas Henriksen. “And now with version six, we have raised the bar even higher by adding more features and functions, and delivering a more engaging mind mapping session than ever before.”


MatchWare’s MindView 6, the new industry standard for mind mapping software, is available now for $379 (single user license), $1799 (5 user license) and $3409 (10 user license). A no-cost trial version is also available. Learn more at http://www.matchware.com/en/products/mindview/upgrade_features.htm.


About MatchWare

Founded in 1992, MatchWare is a Danish software house with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Denmark. The company develops and provides proprietary mind mapping and meeting management software, which is used by businesses, educational institutions and governments worldwide to enhance brainstorming, communication, decision making, collaboration and meeting effectiveness and performance. Learn more at http://www.matchware.com.

* MatchWare, MatchWare Mediator, MatchWare ScreenCorder, MatchWare MindView, and MatchWare MeetingBooster are trademarks or registered trademarks of MatchWare A/S. All other trademarks and registered trademarks used in this document are the property of their respective companies.

One of the major reasons for the surge in shadow IT services in recent years is that many internal IT organizations couldn’t really provide a file sharing and synchronization capability for users of mobile computing devices, which those users naturally went out and found on their own via any number of cloud computing services. Now many of those same IT organizations are building their own private clouds, which naturally require file sharing and synchronization.

To address that need, Connected Data developed file share and synchronization appliances, two more of which the company is unveiling today.

After targeting larger enterprises with previous generations of appliances, Jim Sherhart, vice president of marketing, says the Transporter 15 and 30 appliances are aimed at remote offices and small-to-medium (SMB) organizations; the solution starts under $2,500 for 8TB of storage, 6TB of which is actually usable for storing data.



The extreme weather that has hit much of the country this winter has been labeled “historic” in many quarters, including where I live in eastern North Carolina. While the Northeast has been battered with record-breaking snowfalls, much of the South has been experiencing ice storms and single-digit temperatures for the first time in the lives of many adults. It all begs the question of the impact all of this is having on IT professionals and the organizations they’re charged with keeping up and running.

While it may well be too late for many organizations that entered this winter ill-prepared from a data protection standpoint, what this winter has taught us is that such unexpected events as the collapse of the roof of a data center due to heavy snow and ice need to be anticipated and addressed in order to be fully prepared for next winter.



Deloitte Analytics Senior Advisor Tom Davenportwarned last year that data scientists waste too much time prepping data. After interviewing data scientists, Davenport concluded that they needed better tools for data integration and curating.

Now, a Ventana Research column shows that data scientists aren’t the only ones wasting enormous amounts of time on data preparation at the expense of actual analysis.

Ventana CEO Mark Smith shares research from several reports, all of which demonstrate how much of a time suck data preparation can be without the right tools.



Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00

Preventing Burst Water Pipes

Unrelenting frigid weather often means frozen water pipes – one of the biggest risks of property damage. In fact, a burst pipe can cause more than $5,000 in water damage, according to IBHS research.

Structures built on slab foundations, common in southern states, frequently have water pipes running through the attic, an especially vulnerable location. By contrast, in northern states, builders recognize freezing as a threat and usually do not place water pipes in unheated portions of a building or outside of insulated areas.

Freezing temperatures can be prevented with the installation of weather stripping and seals. This offers two major benefits: keeping severe winter weather out of a structure, and increasing energy efficiency by limiting drafts and reducing the amount of cold air entering.



Innovation has become accepted as central to competitiveness in today’s world, both in new product development and in enhancement of internal processes. Companies struggle with innovation, and there have been numerous attempts to regularize and program it. But the development of truly breakthrough ideas is difficult, and recognizing them when they do arrive can be harder still. We have processes available for vetting ideas and passing them through a series of increasingly selective gateways until they reach the point of usefulness or are discarded altogether. But we do not have good processes for stitching together new ideas and reaching that eureka moment that says a critical new idea has been found.

Some of the ways that ideas are sourced include crowdsourcing, internal suggestions, brainstorming, and the like. There are idea factories employing innovative individuals who apply diverse experience to create an “out of the box” concept. And, there are programs such as TRIZ, an innovation program developed in Russia in 1946 that seek to apply a systemic process to ideation itself, based around principles extracted from patent literature subjected to contradiction, synthesis, and new arrangement. But creation of ideas is forever thwarted by the fact that we don’t really understand the creative process and may, in fact, be generalizing a multitude of processes in a way that makes them impossible to replicate.



Predictive analytics is apparently lucrative for businesses, investors and, of course, predictive analytics companies.

In a recent Forbes column, Lutz Finger noted that predictive analytics companies are attracting multi-million dollar investment deals. Most recently, a company called Blue Yonder secured $75 million in funding from a global private equity firm, which is the “biggest deal for a predictive analytics company in Europe….”

If you’re not familiar with Finger, he’s a director at LinkedIn, an expert on social media and text analytics, and the co-founder and former CEO of Fisheye Analytics. The column shares highlights of his interview with Blue Yonder’s CEO Uwe Weiss, so it’s no surprise that it makes the case for predictive analytics as a sound investment.

It’s not a hard case to make. Gartner predicts a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent from 2012 to 2017, and estimates the market will reach $48 billion. To give you an idea of how that compares, Gartner says MDM was worth $1.16 billion last summer.