Black Duck Hub vs. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle

As of June 2019, Black Duck Hub is ranked 3rd in Software Composition Analysis with 1 review vs Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle which is ranked 2nd in Software Composition Analysis with 6 reviews. The top reviewer of Black Duck Hub writes "Useful for determining the health of applications that contain open source components". The top reviewer of Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle writes "Low false-positive count and the vulnerability-upgrade overview are key features for us". Black Duck Hub is most compared with WhiteSource, Black Duck Protex and Veracode Software Composition Analysis. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle is most compared with SonarQube, Veracode Software Composition Analysis and Checkmarx.
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It highlights what the developers have done, and it shows the impact from an intellectual property point of view.

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The application onboarding and policy grandfathering features are good and the solution integrates well with our existing DevOps tools.It scans and gives you a low false-positive count... The reason we picked Lifecycle over the other products is, while the other products were flagging stuff too, they were flagging things that were incorrect. Nexus has low false-positive results, which give us a high confidence factor.What's really nice about that is it shows a graph of all the versions for that particular component, and it marks out the ones that have a vulnerability and the ones that don't have a vulnerability.Among its valuable features, it's easy to handle and easy configure, it's user-friendly, and it's easy to map and integrate.It has given developers the tools they need to figure out what to build with. We implemented a Slack bot using their data and engineers can query it to find good components. It's been working out very well.The most valuable feature is that I get a quick overview of the libraries that are included in the application, and the issues that are connected with them. I can quickly understand which problems there are from a security point of view or from a licensing point of view. It's quick and very exact.It was very easy to integrate into our build pipeline, with Jenkins and Nexus Repository as the central product.When developers are consuming open-source libraries from the internet, it's able to automatically block the ones that are insecure. And it has the ability to make suggestions on the ones they should be using instead.

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I would like to see more integration with other solutions, such as IntelliJ IDEA.

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The biggest thing is getting it put uniformly across all the different teams. It's more of a process issue. The process needs to be thought out about how it's going to be used, what kind of training there will be, how it's going to be socialized, and how it's going to be rolled out and controlled, enterprise-wide. That's probably more of a challenge than the technology itself.We created the Wiki page for each team showing an overview of their outstanding security issues because the Lifecycle reporting interface isn't as intuitive. It is good for people on my team who use it quite often. But for a tech engineer who doesn't interact with it regularly, it's quite confusing.Another feature they could use is more languages. Sonatype has been mainly a Java shop because they look after Maven Central... But we've slowly been branching out to different languages. They don't cover all of them, and those that they do cover are not as in-depth as we would like them to be.Sometimes we face difficulties with Maven Central... if I'm using the 1.0.0 version, after one or two years, the 1.0.0 version will be gone from Maven Central but our team will still be using that 1.0.0 version to build. When they do builds, it won't build completely because that version is gone from Maven Central. There is a difference in our Sonatype Maven Central.Application onboarding is a little bit clunky... Onboarding an application through the GUI is intuitive but it's time-consuming... It's for large organizations with many enrollments that the GUI becomes unfeasible.If there is something which is not in Maven Central, sometimes it is difficult to get the right information because it's not found.If you look at NPM-based applications, JavaScript, for example, these are only checkable via the build pipeline. You cannot upload the application itself and scan it, as is possible with Java, because a file could change significantly.They could do with making more plugins for the more common integration engines out there. Right now, it supports automation engine by Jenkins but it doesn't fully support something like TeamCity.

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Depending on the use case, the cost could range from $10,000 USD to $70,000 USD.

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We're pretty happy with the price, for what it is delivering for us and the value we're getting from it.Its pricing is competitive within the market. It's not very cheap, it's not very expensive.

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Black Duck Hub is the leading platform for automated license compliance and open source security. Black Duck Hub helps security and development teams identify and mitigate open source-related risks across their application portfolio, while incorporating the functionality of Protex license compliance.

Nexus Lifecycle gives you full control over your software supply chain and allows you to define rules, actions, and policies that work best for your organization and teams.

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