At its online swampUP conference today, JFrog launched a Private Distribution Network (PDN) that makes it simpler and faster to distribute application binaries across an extended enterprise.
Yoav Landman, JFrog CTO, said the PDN provides the equivalent of a content delivery network (CDN) designed specifically for distributing application binaries using a peer-to-peer network managed by JFrog. Each binary distributed is an immutable signed release that provides visibility and traceability to validate the source destination as well as the integrity of the binary, added Landman. That approach essentially applies concepts from a blockchain network to the distribution of application binaries, noted Landman.
The PDN is based on patent-pending network optimization technology that employs caching, distribution nodes and lightweight accelerators that enable IT teams to distribute binaries through inbound-only firewalls or to environments that have limited connectivity, said Landman.
Finally, the PDN also comes with tools to analyze binaries for open source security vulnerabilities and compliance with license policies in addition to role-based access controls (RBAC).
Landman said the goal is to provide a way to distribute binaries via a single click all the way to edge computing platforms in a way that is tightly integrated with the continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines and software development life cycle (SDLC) processes a DevOps team already employs.
Currently available via a private beta, PDN is scheduled to become available in the third quarter 2021 with pricing based on a per-use model that requires no upfront costs.
For years now, JFrog has been making a case for applying DevOps best practices to the deployment of binaries rather than just managing source code. As enterprise IT environments become more distributed, the need to manage the deployment of binaries at scale becomes more acute. IT teams are not going to be able to dispatch software engineers to manually install binaries on every edge computing platform employed. The goal is to provide IT teams with complete transparency into software distribution in a way that makes it simple to address compliance requirements, said Landman.
Most organizations already find deploying software to be a major challenge. CI processes are generally well understood as part of any application development process. CD has proven to be a more elusive goal, because each target platform on which software is destined to run tends to be unique, which makes automating the delivery process challenging. That issue is only going to be more difficult to address as organizations attempt to install software across hundreds, or even thousands, of edge computing platforms that might be based on a wide range of types of platforms. A PDN alleviates many of these issues by providing IT teams with a network to centrally manage the process, noted Landman.
At this point it’s now only a matter of time before most organizations confront this next major DevOps challenge. As organizations look to process and analyze data at the edge to drive any number of digital processes in near real-time, the amount of software deployed outside of a cloud or traditional data center is about to explode. The challenge now, of course, is finding the most efficient way to secure delivery of all that code.