XL Release 5.0: Advanced Release Orchestration Brings Order to Pipeline Chaos

| May 4, 2016 | 1 Comment

Yesterday we introduced XL Release 5.0’s super new feature group, Release Dashboards. Today we’ll talk about Advanced Release Pipeline Orchestration.

So as you’re undoubtedly aware, with today’s popular Continuous Delivery approach, software releases now happen more often but contain fewer features. Microservice architectures are also driving enterprises towards smaller units of code… but the pieces still often depend on each other. Now instead of having one giant release every 6 months or once a year, companies opt for many small releases that have complex dependencies between them. All of these pipelines – possibly hundreds or even thousands – need to be orchestrated and synchronized to make an application work.

As these trends evolve and grow, it’s becoming impossible to manually track all of the different interdependencies, even at slower, more traditional delivery speeds.


XL Release 5.0

Advanced Release Orchestration features deliver a unique ability not present in other tools: the ability to manage interconnected pipelines as a whole. Now a master release can control multiple subreleases and manage dependencies between different parts, so it’s easy to determine when a delay in one pipeline will affect delivery for the whole business feature.

With these new features, microservices become manageable for enterprises! New releases can be automatically launched from within another release, releases become automatically linked and teams can quickly see how all releases fit together. You can…

  • Automatically orchestrate dozens of related releases
  • Manage dependencies between releases
  • Group related releases
  • Reuse existing release processes

Manage dependencies between releases and automatically orchestrate several releases at once using the Create Release task.


Control release flow by setting up a Gate task to pauses one release while others complete.


XL Release 5.0 provides many powerful benefits for teams:

  • Manage pipelines at enterprise scale with improved release coordination and better control: with our new subrelease capability, individual teams can build their own release pipelines and string them together into one pipeline, giving them freedom while maintaining overall control.
  • Manage business features at a holistic level, regardless of how many pipelines comprise them
  • Work more efficiently: you can now easily make (small) modular releases and combine them into a big release and still keep track of the big picture
  • Save time and reduce errors with automation: automate release kick-off and dependencies so release steps flow at maximum velocity… and without error
  • Automatically enforce release dependencies and relationships between releases so you can be sure dependencies aren’t missed and avoid costly failures

Now it’s much easier to manage more complex, multi-level and interdependent software release pipelines! Whether you are building out microservices or focused on optimizing your pipelines to delivery higher quality software faster, XL Release 5.0 will make your complex delivery processes manageable.

And whether or not you are already using XebiaLabs products, you can try out XL Release 5.0 free!

Learn more about XebiaLabs for Continuous Delivery and XebiaLabs for Microservices

Lisa K. Wells

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Lisa K. Wells is the Vice President of Product Marketing at XebiaLabs. Leveraging more than 25 years of experience in software, Lisa is laser-focused on creating value in the software development pipeline, crafting go-to-market plans, honing company messaging, and spearheading general cat-herding activities. After starting her career as an Applications Engineer, she moved to the "Dark Side" – product marketing – where she developed a passion for helping companies effectively build, market, and sell technology that provides life-changing value to customers. Over the last 12 years, Lisa has been at the forefront of building winning product strategies and messaging for some of the world’s leading software tooling companies, working with SmartBear and CloudBees before joining XebiaLabs in 2015.