CircleCI unveils new features to its self-hosted runners


CircleCI has announced new security and automation features to its self-hosted runners.

Founded in 2011, CircleCI has always been at the forefront of software development. As the largest CI/CD platform serving thousands of businesses worldwide, CircleCI empowers its customers to realize their ideas, at scale, by refining the development process from start to finish.

CircleCI’s self-hosted runners bring the powerful cloud of CircleCI to any single infrastructure or compliance use case, enabling teams at the enterprise level or those in highly regulated industries to build and testing on a wider variety of architectures, as well as having additional control over the environment.

Many customers use CircleCI’s self-hosted runners to monitor and adjust their runner pools to meet the demands of their cloud pipelines, make informed scaling decisions, and identify and remediate blocked tasks or infrastructure failing.

Additionally, self-hosted customers today can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Trial split: Customers using self-hosted runners can now take advantage of CircleCI’s test parallelism and splitting features. The more test projects there are, the longer it will take them to complete with a single compute resource. To reduce this time, developers and their teams can divide their tests and run them on several parallel execution environments. The intelligent division of tests and the use of parallelism save developers time and keep them focused on building what matters most.
  • Improved access and control: Clients can use additionally configured SSH keys to run processes on other services while running the job with add_ssh_keys. This is in addition to their ability to connect to private networks, deeply monitor their operating systems, enforce restrictions using static IP addresses, and more.

“Being able to move quickly and reliably is no longer ‘nice to have’ but central to the responsibilities of today’s engineering teams,” said Jim Rose, CircleCI, CEO. “CircleCI’s latest additions will allow customers at the enterprise level or those in highly regulated industries to have deeper access to the smartest and most powerful CI/CD tools on the market.”

These updates follow CircleCI’s introduction of a simplified self-hosted runner user experience by adding the ability for customers to download self-hosted runners in five minutes or less directly from the UI. from CircleCI, in addition to adding self-hosted runner capabilities to all CircleCI plans, including the most generous free CI/CD tier for developers.


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