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What You Don't Know About Nexus Lifecycle - Updates From the Product Owner

*Note: Since last year's Nexus User Conference, there have been more updates to Nexus Lifecycle. Join us on June 12 to learn more about them, and if you have your own Nexus story to tell, we invite you to submit a talk here. In the meantime, read on to get caught up on some of last year's biggest announcements.

Jamie Whitehouse knows Nexus Lifecycle like a parent knows a child. He was there when it was born in 2011 and has raised it since as a developer, tech lead, and now the product owner. He is passionate for it and wants Nexus Lifecycle to be the best product in its class.

So, it was natural for Jamie to sit down at the 2018 Nexus User Conference to talk about 5 features in 5 minutes. These are all features Jamie sees as especially valuable to users and they may not realize it yet. 

Multiple LDAP servers - This is a feature that can help you even if you just run one server. This allows you to setup several different configurations for the same server, which can dramatically improve how users are retrieved. You can create a more comformant configuration and put it towards the top of the list. Poorer performing or unique configurations to capture that one unique user that doesn’t fit into the other groups can be at the bottom.

Success Metrics - This lets you visualize the impact and adoption at a high level. You can configure it for an organization, a number of applications, or a specific application. You can create live reports - up to the minute - and also have it roll up monthly aggregates which is helpful for presentations and to answer questions such as your adoption rates, license compliance, and vulnerabilities.


Webhooks - You can use webhooks in Nexus Lifecycle for all of the reasons you would use webhooks. Instead of having to hit up a REST API, constantly pinging, trying to do a diff, etc., you can use a webhook. For instance, an alert can show you in your Slack channel.

Vulnerability information - This feature has been around for a long time, but it is often the first thing we are asked about. New customers and users ask what can you tell me that I can’t get from sources like CDE’s website or Apache Security Bulletins. The information here is curated and includes deep-dive information from Sonatype’s own researchers, enhancing the public security bulletins. More information on understanding our data is here.

Condensed Data Format - This rolled out in early 2018. Most customers have a “smallish” database - less than 50 MB or even less than 1 GB. However, some customers have 10s or 100s of GB of data, which affects performance. Using this feature, customers can see a 50-75% reduction in disk space. In a real world example, one customer went from 100 GB to 12 GB. Just be aware before you start that it involves rearranging data, so it takes a while. It might turn into an outage that could be 10 seconds, 30 minutes, or even 5 hours. It depends on the disc, data, I/O, etc.

In the end, host Mark Miller asked Jamie, “What is the most unused feature that has the most value?” Jamie’s answer? Success metrics because it takes the work off of your plate to create the information, distill it, and show what you are doing with your server. You can show you are on track or not and, if not, what you are going to do about it. Many users dismiss it because they don’t see how it helps them in the day-to-day.

Jamie reminded everyone that many of these features are not available unless you have the latest release, so make sure you stay up-to-date.

You can watch Jamie’s session at the 2018 Nexus User Conference here, and if you are interested in learning more about all of the Nexus products, check out the platform here.

Keep an eye out for more session recaps from the 2018 Nexus User Conference - we'll be sharing them every week leading up to this year's conference on June 12.

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