Scaling up our Bamboo instance


Because our ye old bamboo instance is starting to grow outside of its pot, we are looking to scale things up a little bit.

Mainly because performance is degrading (CPU's are strugling) and we are about to enable branch builds - which would increase the need for resources even more.

Our current situation looks as follows:

  • Virtualualized VM running CentOs with 8 cores and 8GB ram
  • Dedicated Oracle database hooked to bamboo (on same VM)
  • Bamboo 5.2 with 5 Remote agents and 5 local ones
  • 30 build plans
  • 6 deploy plans
  • 300GB storage to fit bamboo home

The server is usually busy with compiling our Java sources and doing GWT compiles (multiple threads per compile).

Our first idea is to increase the hardware to about 16 cores and 16-32 GB ram.

Adding additional remote agents seems like a very expensive solution as we would need additional licenses as well as several additional hosts with at least 2 cores with 2-4GB ram and 300GB storage each.

Givens this setup, would you think that scaling up the hardware would result in a better performance experience? If not are there other options?


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You don't need a powerfull bamboo server. You need powerfull agents.

I've done some tests for the MSVC compilers it the past and determined that a build process is mostly CPU bound. More CPU = faster builds.

Thanks, yeah that complies with what we are seeing too. We also run 5-8 local agents on the bamboo server itself, which is where the build of the load happens actually. I clarified this in my question - thanks!

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