- Harness says Gitness provides code management features alongside an integrated CI/CD engine.
- Code from the open-source ecosystem is used in many enterprise applications.
Recently, Harness Inc., a well-financed startup aiding developers in accelerating code deployment, announced the introduction of four new tools for its proprietary software platform.
In addition, the firm launched an open-source initiative named Gitness. It’s a platform for code hosting that Harness sees as a competitor to GitHub. One of the four tools it added to its platform recently is powered by Gitness.
In the past, the software was updated by development teams every few weeks or months. Updates to the software can now come out as often as several times daily. The accelerated development pace is facilitated through CI/CD, which stands for continuous integration and continuous delivery.
Adopting this methodology necessitates specialized software tools that may require several weeks for deployment. Harness provides a CI/CD platform that, according to the company, can be configured within a few hours. With substantial backing of over USD 350 million, the company offers tools that streamline various engineering tasks, including optimizing an application’s cloud infrastructure consumption.
The newly introduced open-source tool, Gitness, by Harness is crafted to assist developers in efficiently managing their code files. Much like GitHub, it enables software teams to centralize an application’s entire code in a single repository, ensuring convenient accessibility. The platform includes collaborative features that enable team members to review each other’s software modifications for errors before release.
Harness says Gitness provides code management features alongside an integrated CI/CD engine. Developers can utilize the engine to automate the deployment of freshly written software into the production environment.
Gitness drives ‘Code Repository,’ the initial tool among the four introduced by Harness for its primary CI/CD platform. This tool enriches its feature set with a range of supplementary capabilities. Notably, it provides integrations with third-party development tools and leverages OPA, an open-source technology, to ensure adherence to a company’s internal best practices within developers’ code.
Code Repository is being launched concurrently with the Internal Developer Portal tool. Harness states that this latter offering facilitates simplified access to essential technology assets software teams require for their work.
In an enterprise setting, developers commonly have access to numerous prepackaged software components, often numbering in the dozens or even hundreds, created by their fellow team members. These components significantly diminish the time needed to construct a new application. However, locating these components can be challenging as they are frequently dispersed across various systems and business units.
A company can establish a centralized catalog encompassing its internal software components through Harness’ newly introduced Internal Developer Portal. Developers can leverage the catalog for a prompt and precise discovery of the technologies essential for their project. Furthermore, the tool guarantees that users deploy software components in alignment with cybersecurity requisites and other internal regulations.
The remaining two tools unveiled in recent update by Harness are highly specialized. Each of these is crafted to assist developers in the streamlined management of a particular type of software asset.
Each of these is crafted to assist developers in the streamlined management of a particular type of software asset. These are scripts that developers employ to automate infrastructure management tasks like making new cloud instances. Harness’s platform can now be used to check IaC files for errors, put them into production, and find cases where an infrastructure asset doesn’t work as expected.
A tool for managing open-source software is also being added to Harness. Code from the open-source ecosystem is used in many enterprise applications. With Harness’s platform, a company can now keep an eye on these parts and make sure they don’t have any security flaws.