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WHY YOU NEED UNIVERSAL ARTIFACT MANAGEMENT

WHAT IS A SOFTWARE ARTIFACT?

An artifact is any software asset that is connected to or part of a software project. Artifacts are normally binary packages and are used to characterize or describe the function, architecture, and design of the application. Common types of artifacts are images, executables, data models, libraries, use cases and of course the compiled application binary.

ARTIFACT MANAGEMENT OPTIONS

These artifacts need to be stored and shared with all the developers on that project. Some possible solutions include a shared drive, a source control management tool or an artifact management repository. A shared drive has limitations including limited version control and no artifact deployment capability. A source control management tool is really only designed for managing source code text files and not complex artifacts like large binaries or Docker images.

QUALITY, CONSISTENCY AND AUDITABILITY 

All of the artifacts need to be consistently managed, versioned, and deployed across development teams and sometimes across multiple sites, to ensure quality, reliability and auditability. This is where things get tough and that’s when the tough get going! An artifact repository, is specifically designed to store, version, and deploy different types of artifacts for builds from a central location, and offers the best solution for this ever growing artifact management problem. If you look around, you probably already have several ways to manage your artifacts, but it’s likely they are inconsistent with each other.

BENEFITS OF A UNIVERSAL ARTIFACT MANAGER

JFrog Artifactory is a Universal Artifact Manager that can take care of managing artifacts, packages and builds from a centralized location and will be the single source of truth for all software development. This reduces the time spent and risk of downloading dependencies from public repositories. Different types of artifact repositories can be implemented:

1. Local: A locally-managed repository for artifacts you produce and to be deployed into.
2. Remote: A cached proxy for a repository that is managed at a remote URL.
3. Virtual: This is something quite unique and useful. An aggregated repository combining local and remote repositories with a common URL, abstracting them into a singular end point.

Artifact management prevents inconsistencies by allowing development teams to find the right version of an artifact easily. Here are some advantages of using Artifactory for artifact management:

  • Dependency Management – A version-controlled common library can be shared by all development teams, bringing a new level of collaboration to the table.
  • Efficient Builds – Easy to access artifacts that are cached locally once downloaded save
    developer time.
  • Release Stability – Artifacts and metadata stay stable after being published to a release repository, to ensure predictable and repeatable builds.
  • Artifact Traceability – Versions are tracked, useful when standardizing software libraries and auditing third-party component licenses.

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COMPETITIVE MATRIX

JFrog JFrog
Azure Artifacts Azure Artifacts
AWS CodeArtifact AWS CodeArtifact
GitHub GitHub
GitLab GitLab
Sonatype Nexus Sonatype Nexus
Red Hat Quay Red Hat Quay
Harbor Harbor
Fully Hybrid Solution
Multi-Cloud Offering
N/A
N/A
Universal Software Packages
Remote Repositories
Virtual Repositories
Extended Metadata & Query Language
Advanced, Flexible Storage
N/A
N/A
High Availability (HA)
N/A
Replication & Multi-Site

ARTIFACTORY SOLUTIONS AND FEATURES

Here are some of the main features of Artifactory that make it the industry’s leading artifact
management tool that can help ensure trusted, smooth and quick releases:

Universal

Universal

Supports all major programming languages, package managers, and technologies used in software development and distribution.
Versioning Support

Versioning Support

Extensive metadata with artifact build date, version number etc.
Retention

Retention

Ensure you retain important artifacts while automatically deleting irrelevant ones.
User Permissions

User Permissions

Easily control who can publish and download artifacts.
Kubernetes Registry

Kubernetes Registry

Provides full support for Docker containers, Helm Charts, and is your Kubernetes and Docker registry.
Automated and Integratable

Automated and Integratable

Automatable management of artifacts and extensive and robust REST APIs supporting a fully automated DevOps pipeline.
Massively Scalable

Massively Scalable

Support for multi-site, hybrid, DevOps with high-availability and replication enabling growth of storage, as needed, from zero to infinity.

High Availability

Mitigate downtime with a redundant set of repository managers to maintain stability and performance.

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