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JFrog Bolsters ‘Assembly Line’ with DevOps Deal 

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As enterprise demand grows for cloud-native and container-based developer tools, established players are beginning to snap up startups spawned by the transition to micro-services and application containers.

The latest example comes from DevOps vendor JFrog, which this week announced its acquisition of Shippable, the Seattle-based startup founded in 2013 that specializes in accelerated code development and delivery of enterprise applications.

JFrog, Sunnyvale, Calif., said the combination of Shippable’s automated software development pipeline based on the Kubernetes cluster orchestrator and its flagship DevOps platform would help forge an “assembly line” for application software.

JFrog said Shippable’s cloud-native and Kubernetes-based continuous integration/continuous delivery tools would be integrated with its artifact repository, security vulnerability scanners and other tools. The goal is to allow “customers to automate their development processes from the moment code is committed through to production,” JFrog said.

Shippable released a code development and delivery platform in 2014 that included containerized development and test capabilities designed to replicate production environments. An expanded platform released in 2016 was designed to automate deployment so developers can focus on application development while getting them out the door faster. The latest version added cloud options and tighter integration with source controllers like GitHub while expanding support for micro-services and applications containers.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. JFrog said Shippable employees would join the company. The first integration of Shippable’s tools with the JFrog enterprise platform will be released this summer, with “full technical integration” completed later this year, JFrog said.

“The modern DevOps landscape requires ever-faster delivery with more and more automation,” Shlomi Ben Haim, JFrog’s co-founder and CEO, noted in announcing its acquisition of Shippable.

JFrog completed a Series D funding round in October that raised $165 million. Founded in 2008, the DevOps vendor has so far raised more than $226 million in venture funding, according to the web site Crunchbase.com.

About the author: George Leopold

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 30 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as executive editor of Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold is the author of "Calculated Risk: The Supersonic Life and Times of Gus Grissom" (Purdue University Press, 2016).

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