So, what really is the primary purpose of
continuous integration (CI)?

The primary purpose of CI is to integrate code/service changes continuously and automatically into the production pipeline.
Companies are now breaking down applications into function-based services, creating tiny services, and making the integration and end-to-end testing occur primarily at the HTTP interaction level.
But what if a service change is tested automatically and continuously with dependent services & production configuration in development?
Would we still need CI?
Or, could we just integrate with a CD tool?


Roost eliminates the need for CI in a unique and left-shifted way

Developers can define production configuration in Roost SaaS Control Plane; Roost will use those configurations to run tests. In that way, Roost handles tests and checks of your changes and then notifies you of any issues or successes.Any changes made in development is tested in disposable and sharable production-like environments. 

Once Roost runs those tests for you in a production-like environment, it marks those changes as certified. Once the change is committed and certified, Roost will integrate your change with your existing CD pipeline.

This way, your changes are always production-ready, and the traditional CI phase is not needed anymore. Furthermore, once these changes go to production, the chances of failure are close to none.

Therefore, Roost shortens your development & deployment pipeline and speeds up your changes/releases to production.


Roost helps us address cost issues by providing capabilities that allow our team and users to control the amount of time a cluster runs... Early results reveal cluster run-time savings over 80% from our previous environment.

CTO, Enterprise Security Company

With environments as a service (EaaS) platform, service dependencies are auto-discovered. Pull requests do not need to be put in a queue for testing nor wait for availability on a static staging system. Roost updates service dependencies in a real-time way so that developers always get the latest working environment.

Roost environments can be accessed simultaneously by QA teams, software architects, security architects, and team-leads to test cloud-friendly, cloud-native, or container-native applications much earlier in the DevOps life cycle. This strategy significantly eliminates PR deployment delays and therefore reduces costs.

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Sudhir Jangir

About Sudhir Jangir

Sudhir is the CTO and Co-Founder of Roost. He has 20 years of experience developing enterprise applications and leading technology teams.

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