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Can jenkins be run in the cloud?

James Elsey
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Joined: Dec 21, 2007
Posts: 228

Hi folks.

I have some android / google app engine projects on the go at home. I'm currently running a ubuntu VM that purely runs jenkins to build and test my projects. It's nice, but it'd be so much more conveniant if I could run it in the cloud somewhere.

What are my options for doing this? Preferably I'd rather not have to pay, so free options would be nicer.

What do I need, just somewhere that offers free J2EE containers like tomcat?


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Tim Moores

Joined: Sep 21, 2011
Posts: 2414
CloudBees -a commercial firm- does this, so it's possible. While there are one or two places that offer free JEE hosting, their offerings are so limited that it almost certainly wouldn't be sufficient for a build environment. Usable JEE hosting simply has its price, there's no way around that.
Peter Johnson

Joined: May 14, 2008
Posts: 5852

Having a single VM that runs Jenkins and is also a build slave should work without issue. Setting up additional VMs as build slaves might be an issue, however, depending on port configurations. Usually only HtTTP/HTTPS traffic is allowed, while communication with a build slave might use other mechanisms and hence other ports.

At my company, we run Jenkins in a VM in our private cloud and all of our build slaves are also VMs in the same private cloud. But then we don't have the port issues you would run into in a public cloud.

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