Building

Continuous Integration

If you write code it is likely you employ a CI pipeline to build your software, you might even extend this further to provide Continuous Deployment services as well. The problem is with CI servers is that the capacity requires flexes depending on a lot of variables. For example, if its close to a release there is likely going to be more builds, if you have a number of projects running you might have 10’s of concurrent builds running and executing tests. So, do you design for maximum throughput? If you do during quieter periods you’ll have hardware doing nothing. Or if you design for "just enough" then when users are waiting for builds they will be sat in a queue waiting for spare resource to build their application.

At Spicule we employ a number of services to ensure we have flexible resource management for our CI pipelines, this includes container management and resource monitoring. Let us help you implement efficient build services so you can free up any spare resource for other purposes when your tools aren’t being built.


Deployment

Continuous Deployment

Once your software has been build, getting it into the hands of your QA team or testers and then to production is key. In the past this has been a laborious task involving human interaction and many hurdles to jump through. Continuous deployment removes the human element from your deployment route and replace it with computers to manage the deployment, ensuring that builds are released frequently and in the hands of users as early as possible.

We can design and implement Continuous Deployment pipelines that will integrate with existing services or replace what you currently use. Deployments could be scheduled to update weekly, daily or even per commit. We can provide extensive test and reporting feedback from the software to ensure the new build passes its smoke tests before it's handed over to your users.