CloudBees buys ClinkerHQ to strengthen Jenkins cloud

CloudBees has acquired ClinkerHQ to strengthen its Jenkins-based cloud service

CloudBees has acquired ClinkerHQ to strengthen its cloud-based Jenkins CI service

Belgium-based CloudBees has acqui-hired ClinkerHQ, a continuous delivery and open source software development specialist based in Spain.

CloudBees was originally founded as a java platform as a service, but the company now focuses almost exclusively on providing solutions based on Jenkins CI, which includes a cloud-based version of the continuous integration and job execution monitoring platform. ClinkerHQ offers a software development and monitoring ecosystem that boasts strong native integration with Jenkins CI among other open source technologies, but both platforms are quite similar.

CloudBees said the two DevOps’y companies will complement one another and help bolster the reach of CloudBees’ service.

“To serve the growing requirements of our customers and meet the needs of organizations investing in continuous delivery, CloudBees needs to extend its talent base and development resources,” said Sacha Labourey, chief executive officer and founder of CloudBees.

“ClinkerHQ’s experience in product development and consulting on Jenkins and CD-related projects will bring a unique combination of deep industry experience to the CloudBees product management and engineering teams,” Labourey added.

The acquisition will see ClinkerHQ’s seven-person team join CloudBees, including the company’s founders Antonio Muniz and Manuel Recena.

“We are excited to join such a highly respected organization as CloudBees and contribute to the industry-leading work being done in the continuous delivery area with Jenkins,” Muniz said.

The companies said ClinkerHQ customers will be given the option of moving to the CloudBees or staying on ClinkerHQ until the end of their contract.

CloudBees’ $23.5m funding round in January this year put the company in a good position to make small acquisitions like ClinkerHQ, which has a very similar offering. In fact, back in February, when Jenkins celebrated its 10th anniversary as an open source project, a blog post penned by ClinkerHQ co-founder and chief executive Recena alludes to this very fact when he thanks companies committed to open source tech broadly speaking.

“And, on that last point, we must give a special mention to CloudBees. We say this last point in a low voice so no-one can hear us, as we say in Spain. More than a few times we’ve had to answer the questions: ‘What does ClinkerHQ provide compared to CloudBees?’ and ‘Why would ClinkerHQ be a better solution?’”