CircleCI Introduces a New Suite of Features and Integrations to Ease the Heavy Burdens of Infrastructure Management

Enhancements with Kubernetes, Docker, New Relic and others aim to increase security, scale, and visibility across enterprise engineering teams

SAN FRANCISCO--()--CircleCI, the leading continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform, today announced new features and integrations to enhance security and automation practices for today’s software developers. The new self-hosted container runner is designed to provide more flexibility and security to help developers ease the burden of infrastructure management with greater traceability.

Today, developers are dealing with a new set of challenges including rising concerns from internal and external threats and lack of team bandwidth. In fact, Gartner® predicts1 that by 2025, 45% of organizations worldwide will have experienced attacks on their software supply chains, a three-fold increase from 2021.

In an effort to provide better software security, many developer teams have moved to cloud-hosted CI because it offers a flexible and scalable centralization platform to build and test software in the most common environments. However, developer teams are also challenged with security and compliance requirements or specialized compute needs that prevent them from running certain jobs on the public cloud.

CircleCI’s self-hosted runners extend its powerful CI engine to any unique infrastructure or security use case, allowing enterprise teams or those in highly regulated industries the ability to choose their own infrastructure for running jobs, have more control over their environments, build and test on a wider variety of architectures, and more.

“The goal at CircleCI has always been to help developers build great things and deliver to market faster,” said Jim Rose, CEO, CircleCI. “Our new self-hosted container runner leverages automation as a silver bullet so that customers can deploy with confidence without sacrificing power or cost efficiency.”

Key benefits of CircleCI’s new self-hosted container runner include:

  • Freedom of choice: CircleCI's self-hosted runner portfolio provides teams the ability to self-host the infrastructure for their CI/CD pipelines while leveraging the robust features of CircleCI Cloud.
  • Extended simplicity of CircleCI Cloud’s Docker execution environment: Teams can specify Docker images for CI/CD jobs with one line in their configuration.
  • Reduced toil with ephemeral Kubernetes pods: Teams can integrate with Kubernetes APIs to spin up and down ephemeral pods that each execute CI/CD jobs, providing an enhanced level of scaling by design.

"The ephemeral nature of containers can enable DevOps teams to scale work up and down as needed to meet demand, reduce cost, and optimize their use of self-hosted runners. Solutions, such as the CircleCI self-hosted container runner, can also reduce toil by providing teams with more control without the hassle of administrative overhead," said Jim Mercer, Research Vice President of IDC DevOps, and DevSecOps Solutions.

Founded in 2011, CircleCI has always been at the forefront of software development. As the largest CI/CD platform serving thousands of companies across the globe, CircleCI empowers its customers to take ideas to execution, at scale, by fine-tuning the software development process from start to finish through a variety of offerings in the cloud, or behind a company’s firewall through a fleet of CircleCI self-hosted runners.

Compared to competing tools, CircleCI is the only CI/CD provider that offers the flexibility to specify any Kubernetes setting as opposed to pre-chosen configurations.

Additional infrastructure management integrations within CircleCI’s ecosystem

Customers have access to thousands of CircleCI orbs through CircleCI’s Technology Partner Program, which launched in November 2018. CircleCI orbs bundle CircleCI configuration into reusable packages that enable users to perform thousands of out-of-the-box use cases without the need for complex configuration. The functionality, flexibility, and control that these orbs provide make CircleCI the fastest and most reliable route to achieve success.

Some of the most popular integrations that aim to speed and increase ease of infrastructure management include:

CircleCI will also add a new integration with New Relic CodeStream, a platform that makes observability accessible where developers live—in their IDE. This integration aims to increase teams’ ability to collaborate, visualize, and observe CI/CD data with more context.

“Today's developer teams require the ability to collaborate and understand context in a deeper and more meaningful way. That's why we've partnered with CircleCI to roll out the new CircleCI-CodeStream integration that allows teams to visualize their CI/CD data in a way that accelerates problem solving without compromising business agility," said Peter Pezaris, CodeStream co-founder and former CEO, and SVP of Strategy & Experience at New Relic.

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About CircleCI

CircleCI is the leading continuous integration and delivery platform for software innovation at scale. With intelligent automation and delivery tools, CircleCI is used by the world's best engineering teams to radically reduce the time from idea to execution. The company has been recognized as an innovative leader in cloud-native continuous integration by independent research firms and industry awards like the DEVIES, Forbes’ Best Startup Employers of the Year, and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™.

Founded in 2011 and headquartered in downtown San Francisco with a global, remote workforce, CircleCI is venture-backed by Base10, Greenspring Associates, Eleven Prime, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, Top Tier Capital Partners, Baseline Ventures, Threshold Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, Owl Rock Capital, Next Equity Partners, Heavybit and Harrison Metal Capital. Learn more at


1 Source: Gartner Inc., "How Software Engineering Leaders Can Mitigate Software Supply Chain Security Risks," Manjunath Bhat, Dale Gardner, et al. July 15, 2021. GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.


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