JFrog announced the availability of what it claims to be the first available hybrid DevOps platform capable of spanning multiple clouds.
Dror Bereznitsky, chief product officer for JFrog, said the JFrog Platform integrates a range of DevOps tools within the context of the continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD) platform that the company previously developed, with the goal of making it possible to continuously release software originating from any source on to any platform.
Announced late last year, the JFrog Platform also provides DevOps teams with the first universal package manager with JFrog Artifactory along with support for both REST application programming interfaces (APIs) and a command line interface (CLI), he said.
In addition, the JFrog Platform provides a common integrated user interface to access all capabilities and has been integrated with JFrog Pipelines for CI/CD, which is based on code JFrog gained via its acquisition of Shippable last year. The JFrog platform also enables DevOps teams to now also deploy applications on Kubernetes clusters.
Finally, because the platform is managed by JFrog, DevOps teams can count on high availability and cybersecurity updates that are automatically delivered, said Bereznitsky.
Bereznitsky said thanks to the rise of microservices based on containers and other cloud-native technologies, organizations are reaching a tipping point in terms of the amount of complexity their existing DevOps platforms can absorb. As such, many organizations that have already adopted a DevOps platform will be re-evaluating them. JFrog is betting that rather than spending more time on managing their underlying DevOps platform, more organizations will prefer to divert more resources to application development.
It’s too early to say precisely how application development will evolve going forward. There is certainly an opportunity to centralize DevOps processes in a way that will make organizations more efficient. Most organizations today employ multiple platforms for building and deploying applications that often conspire to increase total costs unnecessarily. The challenge those organizations will face is overcoming the cultural issues it is likely to create within their organization.
In the meantime, JFrog rivals clearly see the same opportunity. The race to become a de facto standard for building and deploying a new generation of highly portable applications is now on, at a time when many of the providers of DevOps tools are starting to consolidate. At the same time, the number of applications that will be deployed across an extended enterprise that now spans everything from public clouds to edge computing platforms soon will dramatically increase. As the volume of applications increases, the level of friction associated with building and deploying applications will ultimately determine the DevOps platform any organization is going to be inclined to standardize on.