Repository Consolidation & Standardization using Nexus Pro

As the growth of component-based agile development increases, so does the need for repository managers. However in many organizations, development teams work in silos resulting in multiple different repository managers within an organization, such as Nexus OSS, Archiva, Artifactory, Nexus Pro, and Apache httpd. This results in multiple repository managers used by separate developers or groups versus a standardized repository manager for the entire organization. This siloed approach makes it more difficult to manage and share components, which reduces developer productivity and increases administration costs.

The Benefits of Repository Consolidation

  • Simpler administration & lower cost - standardizing on a single infrastructure makes it easier and less costly to install, maintain, monitor, administer and train.
  • Better control and visibility - a single repository manager eliminates the need to share components across different repository manager platforms ensuring reliable access to all third party and internal components.
  • Improved collaboration & sharing of components – a single repository encourages re-use and facilitates communication and knowledge sharing across the team.
  • Simpler integration work - customization or integration with other build tools like custom Maven plugins, build scripts, deployment scripts are easier when you only have to integrate with a single repository manager.

Why Nexus Pro for Repository Consolidation?

Nexus provides a variety of options that allow organizations to manage multiple projects, stages, development teams, etc. This includes proxy repositories, hosted repositories, group repositories, as well as staging and promotion capabilities.

  • Single platform for all technologies - Nexus supports all technologies creating a single platform for Java, .NET, etc. which eliminates need for multiple approaches.
  • Enterprise scale and performance - Nexus has proven performance and scalability to meet the needs of large enterprises.
  • Integrated security - support for Enterprise LDAP simplifies security administration.
  • Support proxy and hosted repositories - a single infrastructure supports your ability to store, manage and share components that you download from public repositories as well as your own custom components.
  • Repository Healthcheck – Only Nexus Pro offers an automated, built-in report assessing the security and license risks in all components in the consolidated repositories

3 Simple Steps to Migrate Repositories Into Nexus Pro

  1. Create a home in Nexus - create a hosted repository in Nexus Pro
  2. Copy your components - copy the files to the Nexus Pro folder
  3. Index the new structure - run a “repair index” task so that searching capabilities will work

Additional resources:

How do I migrate an existing repository to Nexus?
Migrating to Nexus: Chapter 22 of Nexus Best Practices Book
Success story: Moving Ning Development Infrastructure from Artifactory to Nexus Professional