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Christophe Arnaud
Real User
Engineering Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Jul 04 2019

What is most valuable?

The most important feature of Nexus Repository Manager is the storing and sharing of components. For Nexus IQ, it's the scanning of projects and the rating of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Regarding Nexus Repository Manager, using the product has allowed us to have an official and strong repository that is able to store and to manage access rights regarding… more»

What needs improvement?

One of our main concerns would be about plugging Nexus IQ into JIRA to be able to automatically raise issues whenever we have a policy violation in a scan. The second main… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Nexus Repository Manager Pro is quite affordable because it's about €100, per user, per year. Purchasing licenses was not really a big issue for us. Regarding Nexus IQ… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We didn't have any solution before Sonatype.

What other advice do I have?

Before deploying Nexus Repository Manager, really focus on the architecture that will be deployed. It will impact all the users who will have to use Repository Manager… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

For Repository Manager we did a comparison with Artifactory. Regarding Nexus IQ, we did a comparison with Palamida which is now Flexera. We also did a comparison with… more»
Hagen Rahn
Real User
Senior Software Engineer at SYSTEMA Systementwicklung Dipl.-Inf. Manfred Austen GmbH
Feb 22 2019

What is most valuable?

The primary feature is that I now have the ability to provide a central platform for storing build artifacts; a concise way for any project team to store its build with… more»

How has it helped my organization?

First of all, we now have a well-documented process on where to find any build result produced within the last two years. This documentation has been made available to the… more»

What needs improvement?

I'm looking forward to getting things like automatic governance done, but the bigger priority I'm waiting for is a feature to have hot publication between several Nexus… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

In my opinion, the pricing is very fair and very customer-oriented. It's much better than any other tool I have used so far.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We started off with several, local, self-deployed strategies like shared devices and web servers hosting some results. We even stored build results on a source code… more»

What other advice do I have?

Our company is about 25 years old. When we started developing stuff in Java, we didn't have much tool support and, as we are a company that integrates other systems, we… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We began to evaluate different Maven-based repository managers, so we had Artifactory, Nexus, Archiva from Apache, and IBH SYSTEMS. After an evaluation period of three to… more»
Real User
Architect at a consultancy with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 07 2019

What is most valuable?

For us, the ability to do proxying and federations of repositories is very important. It gives us flexibility. We are among the largest physics research laboratory in the world. With thousands of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has really sanitized our development lifecycle because we know where people will store their software, and we have a clear naming convention for this. Before that, people would store software in… more»

What needs improvement?

We feel that if the product could be configured more easily through configuration files, instead of API calls and databases. That would make it easier to integrate with other DevOps tools. This is one… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are quite lucky because the founder of Sonatype visited us in 2008 and granted a permanent free license to us as an organization, because it's a laboratory that does a lot of research, and it's in… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

In our team, we did not use another solution. Before adopting Nexus we used just static websites that we copied files to and indexed manually. There was no other solution before that. In other parts… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to think about the scalability. I would really advise everybody to go for it, to go for having repositories in their organization, to make their software and even hardware… more»
Kulbhushan Mayer
Real User
DevOps Practitioner at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Mar 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The first good feature is the searching capability. They have recently really improved it. When I started using it, their search was quite slow. They have improved in that area very effectively, and I… more»

What needs improvement?

One feature that needs changing is their pricing model. They are charging a huge amount. The way they charge it's too much. In addition, they should have some feature where we can move a specific… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

One thing about this tool that I found difficult is that it's quite expensive. They are charging around $110 or $120 per user, per year. It's quite expensive in comparison to the other tools available… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

This tool was here when I joined the team.

What other advice do I have?

If you have the ability to implement this tool within your team by yourself, go with the open-source solution that they have, rather than going ahead with the paid solution. I started with the 2.2… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are a couple of solutions that I have used in the past, before using Nexus. They're as effective as Nexus. When I joined the team, they were already using Nexus and it was being used very… more»
Real User
Senior Application Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Mar 12 2019

What is most valuable?

The core features are the most important: We can host libraries, upload them, and they can be used across multiple teams. The hosted repository is the primary feature we're using.

How has it helped my organization?

On the hosted repository, if a team inserts a version of a library, say a Spring library, it becomes available across the organization. If our organization has between ten and 20 development teams, if… more»

What needs improvement?

When it comes to the library uploads, for Java libraries it's very easy. You choose the .jar that is to be uploaded. But when it comes to uploading NPM libraries, JavaScript dependencies libraries, it… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We did use Artifactory, it's a competitive product. Before, our division was part of a different organization and that organization had the ability to use outside, hosted repositories. So we could go… more»

What other advice do I have?

Try to leverage most of the feature set. The security scans are a great feature. When the open-source libraries are downloaded, Nexus can provide an automated solution to certify them for use. It… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were not that many competitors in this space. It was between Nexus and Artifactory. It was a pretty straightforward decision.
Anthony Evans
Real User
Chief, Enterprise Automated Deployment (EAD) Branch at a government with 11-50 employees
Feb 28 2019

What is most valuable?

One of the most valuable features is the variety of permissions you can use on the repository. That helps us protect access to the information inside of the repository.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved the organization in that it has helped us ensure that developers are utilizing the safe, open-source components we provide to them. We know who they are… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them build in some scanning features out-of-the-box, as opposed to only getting them by buying the add-ons of Nexus IQ Server. I would like to see some… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It seems like a fair price, based on other software solutions I've purchased.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

They were using SharePoint sites, file folders on servers. We still using them to some degree. They switched to Sonatype because they wanted to get the increased security… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you know how you want to use it, and set up your rules, processes, and policies before you implement it. Their customer service is pretty good. Their software… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There were other options. Veracode was one of them.
Yogesh Shetty
Real User
Senior Information Technology Specialist at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Feb 26 2019

What is most valuable?

If there are any issues in build security, it can pick them up straight away.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it for open-source governance, that's one of its every day uses. We have so many applications and so many services.

What needs improvement?

We had some issues with the container platform, but we raised a support ticket and it was sorted out for us.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

They were using Artifactory before, and they were not happy.

What other advice do I have?

It's definitely worth looking into as a DevOps tool, which can be integrated into the build pipelines. We use the Nexus Repository but now we are definitely planning to increase the usage. We are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I'm not sure if they evaluated other products. But people have used Nexus a lot and they are quite comfortable with it.

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What is Sonatype Nexus Repository?

Nexus Repository is powered by Repository Manager, the same technology engine found in our OSS version deployed at more than 100,000 organziations world-wide. It is Built on the shoulders of Maven, Repository Manager supports all popular component formats and brings your entire development organization together. It includes staging and release functionality that provides support for operations and quality assurance processes prior to production and gives you instant insight into potential component security, license, and quality issues, enabling teams to take corrective action early and quickly.
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