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
Category: Most innovative Open Tech
Interviewees: Baruch Sadogursky
1) What’s the history of your
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
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
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
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