Santa Clara based DevOps favourite JFrog has just set version 4 of Artifactory – a universal artifact repository tool – live. And with this release, the frogs are singing about high availability, a secure Docker registry, npm repository and support for Maven, Gradle, Nuget, Yum, PyPI and other technologies. It also comes packed with a slick new UI and UX.
In JFrog Artifactory 4, speedier releases is the top line goal, spurred on by overarching mobile, cloud computing and social media trends (or as the company put it, the need to “Release fast, or die). To this end, Artifactory 4 introduces the Universal Artifact Repository, which allows for a platform-agnostic approach to storing and sharing binary artifacts. With this in place, enterprises can manage all binary artifacts equally well, regardless of the programming language or technology used to create them.
The Secure Clustered HA Docker registry is designed with the view that no man implements Docker as an island – you’re always shipping something with it. JFrog Developer Advocate Baruch Sadogursky believes that in this regard, the team are actually doing “a better job than Docker themselves,” blending in features that Docker itself lacks but which enterprise customers are crying out for. For example, the high availability which is critical for enterprise deployments of binary repositories. There’s also the matter of security – a big deal when it comes to Docker. For Sadogursky, it’s JFrog’s extensive experience working with large scale enterprises that gives it the edge here.
It’s also a response to wider industry demands. Carl Quinn, software architect at Riot Games, explains: “We need to have a production, enterprise-quality artifact server for Docker images – a registry…For Docker, we want something that we can scale out, manage with scripts and APIs, do strong authentication and be robust. The open source Docker registry is okay to get started with, but not something we wanted to go with at production scale. We’ve now adopted JFrog Artifactory, which is extremely versatile.”
Given the DevOps focus for JFrogs, naturally, Artifactory 4 also comes equipped to work with “all major” CI/CD and DevOps tools, giving developers a comprehensive, automatable artifact tracking solution all the way from build to release. If you’re eager to learn more, JFrog have prepared some helpful videos to speed you on your way. Follow the hyperlinks if you’d like to do the following:
- Upgrade to Artifactory 4
- Set up Artifactory 4 as a Docker registry
- Set up Artifactory 4 as a Gradle repository
- Set up Artifactory 4 as a NuGet repository