JFrog unveiled new capabilities to improve the efficiency, consistency, and security of software releases. Available in Beta immediately, the enhanced promotion and release bundle capabilities in JFrog Artifactory, a pillar of the JFrog Software Supply enable DevOps teams to operationalize the release process to improve feedback loops with more transparency to ensure organizations release trusted software faster.
Yoav Landman, Co-Founder and CTO, JFrog, said, “Releasing production-ready software is a complicated mix of tools and processes that often lacks visibility, traceability, and consistency, which can increase the need for custom integrations and human error. These new lifecycle management capabilities will help developers increase velocity, identify areas for process improvement, and make security an integral part of the software supply chain so companies can deliver trusted software faster.”
IDC research indicates “the headlong rush to digital transformation continues to be fueled by software development velocity and innovation.” Additionally, “code management demands end-to-end deployment strategies that encompass the handoff from development to operations as described by DevOps [including release management capabilities] to automate and facilitate that process.”
Currently, there is often a lack of standardization of software release processes within organizations, which increases the level of customization required by engineering and platform teams, hampers efforts to track performance, and raises the likelihood of introducing nefarious code at various stages of the build process. The new capabilities in JFrog Artifactory allow developers to take a release candidate with all associated artifacts, and group it together in a signed, immutable bundle, which is then promoted towards production, enabling development organizations to confidently attest to the quality and security of the software being released.
The new JFrog Artifactory release lifecycle management features deliver:
- DevOps best practices and consistency: Standardized and repeatable release processes that vastly improve governance and create new levels of transparency.
- Improved application security: “Shift left” security by allowing scanning at each step of the software development lifecycle and signed releases to provide confidence in the quality and contents of each release.
- Automated traceability metrics for improved efficiency: Easily see the status of release candidates to track how long it takes to advance a software bundle from build to production, where bottlenecks exist, and the quality of releases initiated versus releases deployed.