Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle Initial Setup

Security Team Lead at Tyro Payments Limited
We had a few issues initially when we set it up. We had a problem with not having enough space because it would keep the reports indefinitely. We were running out of disk space. But I know they've addressed that now because, in one of the updates that we did last year, the disk space was reduced considerably. They've been telling me that they were actively looking into it. The initial deployment took a few days. Most of the challenges that we had for the deployment were mainly to do with the rollout of our policies. Imagine an application that never had any scans, and we wanted to get to this SLA model, where you shall not introduce any more vulnerabilities and you need to fix existing issues. What took so long was we had to turn on the policies slowly and we had to grandfather everyone. Otherwise, everyone would just stop working straight away. When we first turned it on we discovered so many vulnerabilities in there that we never knew existed before. The implementation strategy was not to have the SLA initially - how long you had to get something fixed. We turned the solution on and said you can not introduce any more new components that have vulnerabilities. We drew a line in the sand and said, "That's it." Then, we created a list of all the things that we knew were a problem - that was a very manual process. We started from the top saying, "What are the critical ones that we will work on with teams to try and address them?" Some of the fixes were not trivial, they were quite a big change. One of the reasons was because, being an old application, it was using really old versions and the fix required a newer version. But the jump from where you were to where you needed to be was quite a big jump. That resulted in quite a lot of backward incompatibility with the other components in the system. That was what took a lot of time. We worked our way down. It took us a good year-and-a-half to get to where we wanted to be because we were competing with product engineering time to either work with features or fix security. We needed to find the right balance. For deploying it there were two people from my team to set it up and get it all going. And to address the issues it was a combined effort within the whole company. In terms of maintenance, now that it's configured, we have one person a week who is on the support roster to address any issues that we have. The maintenance is more to field questions the engineering team might have. They may say, "Hey, I just got this report that this application has an issue. Can I have more information about it?" Maintenance isn't about maintaining the system, it is more about providing consultation to teams and advising them on how to fix those issues that have been discovered. View full review »
Configuration Manager at a health, wellness and fitness company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The initial setup is pretty straightforward, both the installation and upgrades. We're running it on a Linux environment, so there's not much that we needed to do there. Policy management is probably where it gets a bit complex. That's where I referred to the need for some tutorials, some more comprehensive documentation. The initial deployment took less than an hour. It's very quick. Download it and run the .jar and you're good to go. We do use an Oracle Database, so we did need to set up the database. We just pointed it to one of our Oracle instances. The implementation strategy was to start enforcing the policies and, eventually, to prevent things. We are implementing it in such a way that the developers will, at the point of development, in their IDE, be faced with these warnings that they are using insecure, third-party dependencies and where they are violating the licenses. That's the strategy, whereby we simply block such releases from getting into production. That's where we aim to get. For deployment you literally just need one person. For maintenance, we have just two people, and that's for an entire pipeline. They're automation specialists so they provide automation solutions. They also act as application administrators. View full review »
Charles Chani
DevSecOps at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The setup is straightforward. The product itself is counter-intuitive for most people, but the setup is very straightforward. It takes less than ten minutes to set up and deploy it. The policies can also be set up using normal human language. There is an interface to do that, so there's very little programming that's required to help the product become operational. Our implementation strategy for a product like this is that you want it to be available all the time. Nexus, fortunately, has implemented a cluster for their repositories. You can set up a Nexus cluster for Nexus repositories. Lifecycle is not fully clusterable, so that's an improvement that is needed. They need to make it highly available as a cluster that is Active-Active. Right now, you need to have Active-Passive. But it's very easy to set up, it doesn't require super expertise. Any developer or any system admin can do it. They've made Nexus Repository Manager clusterable. From what I've heard, they are trying to make Lifecycle, IQ Server, clusterable as well. Since implementation, we have had four or five people involved in maintaining it and making improvements. View full review »
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Russell Webster
VP and Sr. Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The initial setup was straightforward. There weren't a lot of manual steps involved. There wasn't a ton of configuration. It has very smart defaults. There's not a high level of subject matter expertise required in the setup of the software. As for the decisions that you need to make about your policies, there are smart people out there to give you a lot of industry standards. But there is still a lot of work you need to do to make decisions for your enterprise. It can't do that no matter what it is. What you are going to do with those settings and the findings from those settings, that's the hard part. You have to make decisions about what to do with the data that it provides for you. That's not the setup, per se. That's just getting it to be very meaningful in your enterprise. Our deployment was an interrupt-driven process because we had other work to do also. It took a few days. The strategy for deployment was to involve legal, development, info security, and DevOps together - the leadership - to understand the tool's capabilities; to understand the defaults and also to come up with a strategy to manage the outcomes, the findings. That group of leadership had to set those settings and automatically be part of SDLC. Along with that, we had to implement a process that ensured that the findings - the breaks and the vulnerabilities that are found - would be visible. Notifications had to be made so that someone can triage and deal with them. Deployment and maintenance require half a person. It's a side role because there's nothing to do most of the time. It's something you do occasionally, so we don't have a role dedicated to it. View full review »
Sr Lead Solution Services at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
The setup was very easy. The instructions were very clear and the install was easy. There was almost no need for us to contact support or get anyone to handhold us during the installation and set up. There is more than enough documentation which covers what the policies are and how you implement them, etc. We didn't need a consultant to come in and implement it. We could do it ourselves. The deployment didn't take very long. The deployment was finished in days because we had prepped the environment. What took longer was including using the tool in different projects. We started off with ad hoc scanning, then moved toward a more automated scanning. Since there are there are multiple different types of applications and pipelines. We started off using Nexus as a standalone ad hoc service where people could use it just to launch the application, as required. Then, when they started seeing the value, they started embedding it into their pipelines. View full review »
Axel Niering
Achitekt at SV Informatik GmbH
The initial process is straightforward. It took half an hour. We had everything working and then the integration into Jenkins took another half an hour. This was very straightforward. Of course, you must look at the rules and the metrics that are important to you. You must do something regarding the applications you are using and your organizations that are involved. But this is true for every tool. View full review »
Java Development Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
The initial setup was okay. It was pretty straightforward. We had some hiccups in the migration itself when we migrated from open-source to licensed Nexus. At that time we faced some issues with the configuration and we had that resolved. But the deployment took only an hour. Because we had an existing, open-source Nexus RM, we had to migrate it to the new, licensed Nexus Pro version. So we had to coordinate with other teams, come up with a plan, and then execute accordingly. View full review »
Systems Analyst at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
We always us global setups. We use settings from XML files and we configure all of our repositories at a single, global repository in Nexus. We can just reference that URL and Nexus will report to our second XML file. That way, all the developers can use the same second XML file for extracting the different names or uploading the new Nexus stuff. The deployment was very quick, it only took two or three minutes. View full review »
Gus Orologas
Lead IT Security Architect at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The setup was straightforward, it was easy to install. On the pilots, it didn't take it long to get it up and running. We only did limited portions. For a pilot, the setup only took a couple of days. View full review »
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