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Q&A: JFrog Artifactory - A Proven Secure Clustered High Availability Docker Registry

 

Docker has emerged as a container solution that many enterprises are adopting to save development time.  JFrog recently announced Docker support for its Artifactory and Bintray platforms, offering an end-to-end solution for Docker users.  To find out more about what JFrog solutions provide for enterprises, I spoke with Adam Frankl, JFrog's vice president of marketing.

VMblog:  Please explain why an enterprise would use JFrog Artifactory with Docker and what are the benefits?

Adam Frankl:  JFrog Artifactory is the only proven secure clustered high availability (HA) Docker registry. It fully supports the Docker client, allowing companies to securely store their internal Docker images in a local repository.

Another important benefit of Artifactory is that organizations can not only manage the container technology like Docker with Artifactory, but they can also build what is being shipped inside those containers. In other words, the universal nature of JFrog Artifactory allows using the same artifact repository manager during development and while shipping the created product to production (or other environments) with Docker.

VMblog:  Can you talk more about the security features JFrog Artifactory provides to Docker users?

Frankl:  The Docker registries on which images are stored are generally public, so anyone can download them. There are tools that allow enterprises to import and run Docker registries privately within a secured LAN. However, this often involves a lot of maintenance for IT staff. JFrog Artifactory allows seamlessly proxying public Docker registries, such as Docker Hub, Bintray and others, providing full control over the images used inside the organization. Once developers configure access to Docker images through JFrog Artifactory, they can go about writing code without having to worry about where to upload or download images.

Enterprises can securely store their internal Docker images and implement fine-grained access control to determine who can access what - whether it be restricting complete repositories or a single artifact; to a group of any size or a single developer.

VMblog:  JFrog talks about being a universal tool for all technologies.  Can you talk more about this and why it is a benefit for enterprises?

Frankl:  JFrog has more than 1000 enterprise customers including Netflix, Oracle, CA, VMware, Amazon and EMC, thanks to its support all common development technologies (such as Ruby, .NET, rpm) and all common operations technologies (like Debian, yum, Vagrant, and of course, Docker). Having a universal repository manager for all development technologies is much more time- and cost-efficient, and also promotes collaboration among different teams within the organization.

VMblog:  What are the benefits of using Bintray with Docker?

Frankl:  JFrog Bintray is the world's leading download center, serving more than 200 million downloads per month of 200 thousand packages in 50,000 repositories.  

JFrog Bintray offers fine-grained access control with download keys and entitlements so enterprises can define access privileges and deny access to others. JFrog Bintray also provides stats and logs, showing how many times an images has been downloaded, from where and by whom. This allows an enterprise to monitor the popularity of files and also provides detailed log files with information such as region, country, IP address, and user and organization. It also works with all development technologies, and can be integrated into any continuous integration or continuous delivery ecosystem to support a fully automated software distribution pipeline.

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Once again, thank you to Adam Frankl, JFrog's vice president of marketing, for taking time out to speak with VMblog.com.

Published Friday, October 16, 2015 6:50 AM by David Marshall
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