CloudBees buys Electric Cloud to create continuous delivery ‘powerhouse’

Developer software and services firm CloudBees has acquired Electric Cloud, with the aim of becoming the first provider of end-to-end continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD), continuous deployment and ARA.

According to a TechCrunch report, the terms of the deal were not disclosed, but cloudBees has raised a total of $113.2m (£87.4m), while Electric Cloud raised $64.4m (£49.6m) from the likes of Rembrandt Venture Partners, US Venture Partners, RRE Ventures and Next47.

CloudBees said it plans to integrate Electric Cloud’s application into its offerings, with all of Electric Cloud’s employees set to join the company.

CI/CD solutions

“As of today, we provide customers with best-of-breed CI/CD software from a single vendor, establishing CloudBees as a continuous delivery powerhouse,” said Sacha Labourey, CloudBees CEO and co-founder in a statement.

“By combining the strength of CloudBees, Electric Cloud, Jenkins, and Jenkins X, CloudBees offers the best CI/CD solution for any application, from classic to Kubernetes, on-premise to cloud, self-managed to self-service.”

Electric Cloud offers its users a number of tools for automation their release pipelines and managing the application lifecycle afterward.

Electric Cloud chief executive Carmine Napolitano said the combination would give customers “the best foundation for releasing the app at any speed the business demands”.


The company announced the acquisition at its developer conference, at which CloudBees chief product officer, Christina Noren, said that customers are becoming more sophisticated with their DevOps platforms, but are beginning to run into new problems now they’ve reached this point.

“What we’re seeing is that these customers have disconnected and fragmented islands of information,” she was quoted as saying in the TechCrunch report. “There’s the view that each development team has […] and there’s not a common language, there’s not a common data model, and there’s not an end-to-end process that unites from left to right, top to bottom.” This kind of integrated system is what CloudBees is building toward (and that competitors like GitLab would argue they already offer). Today’s announcement marks the first step into this direction toward building a full software delivery management platform, though others are likely to follow.

The announcement comes after CloudBees acquired CI/CD tool maker CodeShip last year.