Microsoft’s $7.5bn acquisition of GitHub will close before the end of the year, but Redmond has said its new file repository will remain an independent company. Perhaps emphasizing this claim is today’s announcement of a partnership between Google and GitHub.

“GitHub is excited to partner with Google to make CI for cloud-native application development painless. The ability to use Cloud Build for CI as a part of the GitHub workflow is just the start of this partnership and we look forward to building more in the future with Google” Jason Warner, SVP of Technology at GitHub.

Before getting into the details of the collaboration, there is an interesting side narrative here. Google was one of the companies that rivalled Microsoft in an effort to buy GitHub. There is a chance the new partnership between the companies was prepared before Microsoft bought the company.

In terms of what this collaboration brings, GitHub says it will allow the simplification of Continuous Integration (CI) processes in the cloud. Google Cloud Build will be integrated into GitHub. Developers will receive fast and reliable builds across all languages.

“The release of Cloud Build on GitHub Marketplace is the first step in an exciting partnership. Bringing our fully-managed continuous integration to the GitHub platform will provide fast, frictionless, and convenient CI for any repository on GitHub. Google Cloud and GitHub share a vision for developer productivity and we look forward to continuing to build on this partnership.” — Melody Meckfessel, Vice President of Engineering at Google Cloud.

Partnership Details

The collaboration will bring several benefits to developers, such as:

  • Zero-config Docker builds: In one step, you can run automated container builds and tests on changes pushed to a GitHub repository as a part of every pull request. GitHub will automatically detect and recommend CI for repositories that contain a Dockerfile.
  • Scalability: Cloud Build meets the growing needs of your organization. You can go from a single build on your local machine to multiple builds in parallel in the cloud across numerous projects, all in a matter of minutes.
  • Security: The builds run on infrastructure protected by Google’s security. You get full control over who can create and view your builds, what source code can be used, and where your build artifacts are stored.
  • Flexibility: For advanced use cases, you can include a cloudbuild.yaml file when setting up CI using Cloud Build. This lets you define custom build steps, speed up builds by caching a Docker image, build leaner containers, and deploy directly to Google Kubernetes Engine, Google App Engine, on-prem clusters (in alpha soon), or another cloud provider.
  • Insights: Once the build is complete, details about build times, failures and artifacts are available within GitHub through the Checks API, so you can understand and diagnose build results from within the familiar GitHub environment. Full logs and history are available in Cloud Build’s UI in the Google Cloud Console.