JAX Innovation Awards 2014 Spotlight: JFrog
The Artifactory and Bintray providers explain why Open Source technologies are by nature the strongest drivers of innovation.
Over the last month we’ve had many interesting and diverse nominations sent our way for the JAX Innovation Awards 2014, in the form of Most innovative Java Technology, Most innovative Open Technology, and Most innovative Open Tech Business. Community voting is open until May 12th – make sure to get yours in, and give the people making genuine waves in the industry the recognition you think they deserve. Click here to get submitting! This interview is part of a special series showcasing our final nominees.
Category: Most innovative Open Tech Business
Interviewees: Baruch Sadogursky
1) What’s the history of your company?
Founded in 2008 around the popular open-source project Artifactory, JFrog aspires to provide quality tools to help our fellow developers do their work.
JFrog released the first SaaS binary repository in 2009 with support for Maven. Artifactory has now expanded beyond Maven adding support for .NET, rpm, node.js, Ruby and most recently NPM support.
In 2013 the first social distribution platform, Bintray, went live. Bintray now hosts over ten thousand repositories with hundreds of thousands of files. Bintray serves Spring, Scala, Gradle and Groovy projects to distribute releases to their communities and the world.
2) Can you explain what problems you solve with your technology?
Binary repository and distribution platforms are essential parts of the Continuous Integration and Delivery workflow. JFrog products help control the large number of 3rd party dependencies that your software uses, and manages the promotion pipelines of your own build artifacts through the release cycle.
The binary repository acts as a hub and produces collaboration between the teams (e.g. devops) allowing for faster integration and release cycles.
With the addition of Artifactory HA and Bintray CDN, JFrog products have become the most reliable source for the storage and retrieval of all software packages.
3) Who are your main users?
Developers, architects, system administrators, QA engineers, release teams, technical writers, and of course, the end-users! Internal users interact with Artifactory to build, test, review and promote the artifacts, and the end users download the product from Bintray. External users, outside the development process, would include any product stakeholder which interacts in one way or another with the binaries.
4) What’s on the roadmap ahead for you?
Artifactory – two new exciting repository types ahead! We are going to add support Python packages (pypi) and Debian packages (debs) in the following releases. The next big addition to Bintray is the support for private repositories. Support for any kind of license (not only open-source), no more limits on repository size, and granular access control on who can consume your packages will be added.
5) Why do you think Open Technologies are important for truly innovative IT?
Open Source technologies are by nature the strongest drivers of innovation because innovation is always about collaboration and nothing promotes collaboration more than openness. Social development platforms like GitHub and Bintray encourage people to collaborate on code and products, allowing for crowdsourcing (be it committing the code or crowd wisdom) and developing pluggable software
We, at JFrog are strong believers and supporters of open technologies and we are proud for serve the open technologies community by both providing and hosting open source software