GitLab Partners with DigitalOcean
April 20, 2016

GitLab, an open source code collaboration tool, announced a partnership with DigitalOcean.

Together, GitLab and DigitalOcean want to help developers eliminate the scaling challenges that come with Continuous Integration (CI), such as, speed, security and cost. GitLab’s partnership with DigitalOcean provides free runners to all projects on Gitlab.com to make Continuous Integration faster, safer and more affordable.

GitLab aims to solve the inevitable issues arising from the new emphasis on agile and collaborative development processes as well as the continued growth in code bases. Today’s developers are not equipped with the number of provisioned servers they need to work simultaneously, merge their code, and test it, in a timely manner before deployment.

“Together with DigitalOcean, we’ve taken the hurdles of expensive and slow build processes head on — changing the way developers approach the build process,” said Sid Sijbrandij, CEO and co-founder at GitLab. “Complementing our collaborative platform, DigitalOcean is uniquely suited to help us solve these problems as it can spin up new provisioned servers in under a minute, which is an industry record. Developers can have the needed resources simply and immediately for testing and launching their code.""

To support developer’s needs, GitLab has also introduced a new autoscaling feature to its existing GitLab Runner. GitLab Runner is a hosted application that processes builds. The new GitLab Runner AutoScale feature enables developers to automatically spin up new instances (and wind them down) as they are needed. This dynamic availability makes it faster, safer and more affordable for developers to run all their builds in parallel. While instances can be hosted at any major cloud provider, DigitalOcean provides the best user experience to support this autoscaling feature. DigitalOcean can make new instances available in under a minute versus up to eight minutes on a leading cloud platform.

“We want to make it easier for teams building and scaling distributed applications in the cloud,” said Ben Uretsky, CEO and co-founder at DigitalOcean. “This partnership with GitLab enhances the open-source, collaborative approach to development.”

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