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New JFrog Container Registry Free for Both On-Premises and Cloud Use

20 Nov 2019 7:26am, by

Portworx sponsored The New Stack coverage of KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America 2019.

JFrog has launched a free edition of its JFrog Container Registry, touting the release as “the most comprehensive and advanced Docker container registry available in the market.”

This free container registry, launched at this year’s KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America 2019, boasts many of the same features of the company’s premium product Artifactory, but with some limitations for capacity, said JFrog Head of Developer Relations Stephen Chin, in an interview with The New Stack.

“If you are a small dev team or prototyping and trying to build a new cloud-native application, you probably want something free, easy approachable. This gets you up and running until you are ready to have all your advanced features of the enterprise offerings,” Chin said.

The JFrog Container Registry offers DevOps developer teams:

  • A free, robust Docker container registry
  • Hybrid consumption on-premise or via SaaS
  • Advanced automation through REST, CLI, YAML, and more
  • Full support for Helm
  • Free support for local, virtual and remote repositories

If you download the on-premises version, you can run this container repository for free, with as many repositories, images, and data transfers as you want.

If you run a managed version through Amazon Web Services, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, it includes 2GB of peak data storage and 5GB of monthly data transfer free of charge for 12 months. Any overage is billed at rate of $0.10 per GB of data storage and $0.10 per GB of data transfer.

Chin said JFrog is not trying to profit off of this, calling the freemium part enough to get started for free and after it’s priced competitively. Its goal is simply to offer a “pretty easy version of Artifactory to get started,” so teams prototyping new Docker DevOps workflows can use the same tooling as the rest of the company. The JFrog Container Registry then has a direct upgrade path to the enterprise offering, making it easy to add it to the DevOps pipeline.

“We want to enable world class DevOps workflows for large enterprises where it’s manageable, maintainable, and secure. And we also want to make it easier for developers to get started with free and scalable technologies.” — Stephen Chin, JFrog

He continued that more than half of current JFrog users are actually on-premises. They get started and experiment with JFrog’s on-premise offerings and then deploy it to their cloud platform of choice.

Chin offers this as a big advantage of their container registry, working on multicloud and hybrid teams.

“Increasingly for companies being locked into one cloud vendor is unreliable from a cost and usability perspective.”

Chin says JFrog allows customers to leverage different cloud environments in the same technology stack.

“This gives you a lot of flexibility as a DevOps team to use the best infrastructure for the purpose,” he continued.

Continuing to talk about the distinguishing benefits of this container repository, Chin said that JFrog offers “on-the-fly reclaiming of images,” while others make it very difficult to delete images and impossible to reclaim that data.

The JFrog Container Repository also enables you to immediately get an overview of your Docker images already in production. Upon deployment, it pulls information from your Docker images, so you know what they contain, and it allows you to label and tag these images. In addition, you can synchronize images across multiple repositories.

IBM and Box are among the enterprises already managing huge container installations in their premium repository Artifactory.

KubeCon+CloudNativeCon is a sponsor of The New Stack.

Feature image: JFrog’s Baruch Sadogyrsky representing at KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America 2019.

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