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JFrog Artifactory

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JFrog has transitioned from an artifact repository to a DevOps product that includes CI and CD capabilities through its acquisition of Shippable in Feb 2019. Recently in Feb 2020, JFrog announced the launch of its DevOps platform called 'JFrog Platform', a pre-integrated solution with a common UI across JFrog Pipelines, JFrog X-Ray and JFrog Source Composition Analysis products. This solution is backed by a common meta data model that facilitates information integration between these separate product.

JFrog Artifactory is a tool designed to store the binary output of the build process for use in distribution and deployment. Artifactory provides support for a number of package formats such as Maven, Debian, NPM, Helm, Ruby, Python, and Docker. JFrog offers high availability, replication, disaster recovery, scalability, and works with many on-prem and cloud storage offerings.

GitLab also offers high availability and replication, and scalability, also available using on-prem or cloud storage, but at the moment offers less package type compatibility than Artifactory does (Maven, Docker, NPM). However, GitLab also offers functionality to automate the entire DevOps life cycle from planning, to creation, build, verify, security testing, deploying, and monitoring. The built-in binary package repositories that GitLab offers are just the tip of the ice-berg.

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