GitLab-Digital Ocean partnership to allow free hosting for continuous online code testing

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:46 PM

com users have always had free access to the Gitlab programmer’s toolset including GitLab Runner. Today it announced a new feature called Gitlab Runner Autoscale that allows continuous code testing at scale, and to create that even more palatable, the company teamed up with cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean to allow free hosting for testing that code.

GitLab-Digital Ocean partnership to allow free hosting for continuous online code testing

GitLab. com users have always had free access to the Gitlab programmer’s toolset including GitLab Runner. Today it announced a new feature called Gitlab Runner Autoscale that allows continuous code testing at scale, and to create that even more palatable, the company teamed up with cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean to allow free hosting for testing that code.

Yes, it’s really free.

“We are introducing Gitlab runner Autoscale [and we're teaming with DigitalOcean] to provision more servers as you necessity them. We'll create sure there are sufficient machines to running your code,” Sytse ‘”Sid” Sijbrandij, CEO of GitLab told TechCrunch.

DigitalOcean gets access to a developer community it craves and by showing them their skill set around quick server deployment, they're likely hoping to convert some percentage of the free users into paying customers.

The idea is to solve a genuine problem around code testing bottlenecks that can result in delays in deployment.

“Companies can go from zero if nobody is pushing code to hundreds of runners if everyone is submitting code. They can hook into a DigitalOcean account and provision as many servers as they need. Because it’s fast, they never start in a queue. It’s safe because you deprecate the server when you’re done testing. And it’s cost-effective because you don’t have to running the servers the all time,” Sijbrandij explained.

These runners are actually an ideal cloud utilize case. They require a no of servers with frequently intensive computing requirements, but generally only for a brief period of time while testing. When they’re done, the servers can go away.

In an in-house data center, there is a Ltd quantity of server space for this type of testing and that can result in a bottleneck where coders have to wait in a line for access to servers to test their code. In a time of agility and fixed updating that kind of bottleneck makes little sense.

The DigitalOcean deal is excellent for a year, then both sides can revisit it. GitLab actually has tens of thousands of users, but only a tiny percentage are paying. Those customer happen to be deep-pocketed undertaking customers who are willing to pay for more advance features and service, which helps support the open source project.

It’s worth noting the paying customers won’t obtain free DigitalOcean access. They'll have to deal directly with them or another cloud provider to obtain the same type of elastic access as the open source users.

GitLab launched in two thousand-eleventh, but became GitLab, Incorporated in two thousand-fourteenth. It was a member of the Y Combinator class of two thousand fifteen and has grown from the nine employees it started with in YC to over seventy today. It’s raised over $5.5 million.

DigitalOcean launched in two thousand-eleventh and has raised just over $123 million in equity financing. Its most recent funding came in the form of $130 million in debt financing last week.

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