Advanced Computing in the Age of AI|Thursday, October 29, 2020
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The ‘Git’ DevOps Ecosystem Expands 

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It’s getting harder to keep track of “Git”-branded DevOps startups with ties to the Microsoft-owned GitHub open source software mothership.

Among the latest is Gitpod, which announced native integration with GitLab, the open-source DevOps platform. Gitpod also last week disclosed a seed funding round as it seeks to flesh out the expanding DevOps pipeline.

Along with GitHub Enterprise and GitLab, the cloud-focused developer also links via a browser extension to the Bitbucket, the web-based version control repository hosting service owned by Atlassian (NASDAQ: TEAM).

Gitpod said its native integration with GitLab’s user interface represents “the last missing piece” in the latter’s DevOps pipeline used by more than 100,000 organizations.

“Until now GitLab users would set up and maintain a single [development] environment on their local machines,” the Germany-based company said in a blog post. “It’s time to free engineers from wasting their time with such tedious tasks and apply the lessons learned from [continuous integration/continuous delivery] and infrastructure as code to dev environments.”

The next step is building an automated Gitpod configuration for GitLab’s source code, the company said, adding that the DevOps integration is now live on GitLab and will be part of a version update released scheduled for Oct. 22.

San Francisco-based GitLab, which offers a DevOps platform as a single application, currently has more than 175 partners integrating with cloud platforms, the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator and legacy DevOps workflows. The partner ecosystem includes Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform and VMware’s Tanzu application service.

Meanwhile, Gitpod announced a $3 million seed founding round spearheaded by Speedinvest along with Crane Venture Partners and Vertex Ventures.

“Gitpod’s first mover advantage and vibrant open source community enables developers today to treat development environments as automated, yet customizable, resources they can spin up whenever they need them and close down and forget about them when they are done with their task,” said Sven Efftinge, Gitpod’s co-founder and CEO.

“Moving the last missing piece in the DevOps pipeline into the cloud is the logical next step to streamline software development,” added Dominik Tobschall of Speedinvest.

About the author: George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

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