- Original air date:
- Tues., Aug. 7, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. EDT
Binary Repositories: The unsung hero of configuration and release management
How confident are you with the contents of what you are about to release? Do you know every change since the last release? Can you reproduce the release at will or rollback to a prior release? Many of the teams we meet struggle with these fundamental issues.
The most successful teams solve these problems by leveraging a binary repository or — in ITIL terminology — a Definitive Media Library (DML). By providing an authoritative source for release artifacts, a well-managed binary repository can help address issues of compliance, traceability, and audit while enabling releases to proceed more quickly. Complex deployments can reference a manifest of versions stored in the repository. Combined with deployment inventories, a binary repository provides a valuable starting point for impact and risk analysis.
But the benefit of using a binary repository is also felt earlier in the software-development lifecycle: By enabling effective component-based development, a binary repository can enable faster build times, facilitate more efficient collaboration between teams, and reduce the learning curve for new developers.
When both Development and Operations reference the same repository, hand-offs are cleaner and fewer mistakes are made.
For SCM and release management professionals who are concerned with audits or improving the efficiency of the software-development lifecycle, Eric Minick invites you to join him for this presentation where they will address:
- traditional approaches to controlling binary artifacts, including their shortcomings;
- essential elements of well-managed binary repository and inter-project dependency management; as well as
- patterns for adopting a binary repository and implementing dependency management.
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Eric Minick, DevOps Evangelist
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