Introduction

Welcome to the Operator Service for Jenkins® documentation! The documentation is reference material for all available features and capabilities. This document outlines what problems it solves, how it works and how to get started.

What is Operator Service for Jenkins

Operator Service for Jenkins® is a cloud-native Jenkins platform for scalable and cost-effective continuous integration in public cloud. Built on top of Kubernetes, our Operator Service for Jenkins enables you to fully automate Jenkins pipelines, plugins and any additional configuration needed.

By putting a human operational knowledge into software operators we can reduce day one activities related to installing, patching and manual work within dev tooling space. We are aiming to enable customers to use the product on any public cloud platform like Azure, AWS, RedHat Marketplace (OpenShift), as well as support self-hosted offering.

Infrastructure View

A typical day 0 activities involve setting up the infrastructure layer like networking, runtime, and monitoring. This often leads to some manual work, integration with enterprise tooling and some number of tickets to be created. Things like OS upgrades, patching, infrastructure life-cycle management are ongoing tasks which take significant time, especially at scale within a large organization.

Developer View

From a developer’s point of view, the day 1 activities are likely onboarding process, installing Jenkins, configuring plugins or setting up the first pipeline. With Operator Service for Jenkins we wanted to vastly simplify this process and give our customers a possibility to configure most of it using code to get more out of the engineering effort to solve business problems.

Infosec View

Centralized Jenkins platform enables our customers to make sure the security and compliance is at the right level and constantly audited. It’s really important to prevent customer services from a common security risks like misconfiguration or vulnerable external plugins. With Operator Service for Jenkins we want to minimize the distance between onboarding and delivering software in production.

At the end of the day, all of these make it difficult for users to navigate and use this technology, especially at scale within large organizations. This often leads to some manual work, and likely duplication of effort within your organization. All those repetitive, low satisfaction tasks can be smoothly substituted by the Operator Service for Jenkins.

High-level Architecture

This section details important architectural aspects to give you quick understanding of how it fits into your infrastructure and ways of working.

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Security

Due to the legacy nature of Jenkins and the high security risk introduced by the plugins ecosystem, security is a very important and serious concern. Out-of-the-box security hardening happens just after the Jenkins deployment becomes ready.

Next Steps

See Operator Service vs Other Software.