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Pros
"The most valuable feature is the vulnerability scanning, and that it's easy to use.""Black Duck is pretty extensive in terms of the scan reserves and the vulnerability exposures. From that perspective, I'm happy with it.""The knowledge base and the management system are the most valuable features of Black Duck Hub. It has a very helpful management environment. They offer an editor where we can check the discovered license, which is retrieved from their knowledge base. They have a huge knowledge base build over the years. It gives you some possibilities, such as this license with possibility A could cause a vulnerability issue or a potential breach.""The solution works well on Mac products.""The installation is very easy.""The stability is okay."

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"Another thing that I like about Sonatype is that if you download something today, and five days from today it becomes vulnerable, it will notify you."

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"It needs to be more user-friendly for developers and in general, to ensure compliance.""We have been having some issues with the latest releases where we are not able to scan our applications with the help of Black Duck.""Due to the fact that, with our software developer life cycle, we don't need to scan our source code every day or every week. For that reason, we find the cost is too high. We might only actually use it five to ten times a year, which makes it expensive.""It is a cloud-only solution. In many cases, companies like to evaluate the software, but they're very reluctant to give you the software. It would be great if they could offer an on-prem component that could be used to scan the code and then upload the discovery results to the cloud and get all the information from there, but there is no such possibility. You have to upload the code to the Black Duck cloud system. Of course, they have a strong legal department, and they offer some configuration, but it is never enough. You have to give the code, which is a drawback. In modern designs like Snyk or FOSSA, you don't need to give the code. It requires more native integration with Coverity because they go together technically. You need both Coverity and Black Duck Hub. It would be really helpful for companies working in this space to get a combined offer from the same company. They should provide an option to buy Coverity for an additional fee. Coverity combined with Black Duck Hub will provide a one-step analysis to get everything you need and a unified report. It would be really great to be able to connect Black Duck Hub with Coverity unified reports.""The initial setup could be simplified. It was somewhat complex.""We're not too sure about the extension of the firewall. It never shows up in the Hub."

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"What I don't like is the lack of an option to pick up the phone and call someone for support. That is something they need to improve on. They need to have a professional services package, or they need to include that option with their services."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price is quite high because the behavior of the software during the scan is similar to competing products."
  • "The price is low. It's not an expensive solution."
  • "Black Duck is more suitable if you require a lot of licensing compliance. For smaller organizations, WhiteSource is better because its pricing policies are not really suitable for huge organizations."
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  • "The pricing is reasonable if you're a large enterprise developing code. It's not super-expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    We researched Black Duck but ultimately chose WhiteSource when looking for an application security tool. WhiteSource is a software solution that enables agile open source security and license… more »
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    Black Duck is pretty extensive in terms of the scan reserves and the vulnerability exposures. From that perspective, I'm happy with it.
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    We are not the primary team to procure this solution. My counterparts in Paris are the only ones who are aware of the pricing. We are only using a few of the licenses because they had acquired several… more »
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    Another thing that I like about Sonatype is that if you download something today, and five days from today it becomes vulnerable, it will notify you.
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    The pricing is reasonable if you're a large enterprise developing code. It's not super-expensive. There are no costs in addition to the standard fees.
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    With the security concerns around open source, the management and vulnerability scanning, it's relatively new. In today's world more and more people are going through the open source arena and… more »
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    Also Known As
    Blackduck Hub, Black Duck Protex, Black Duck Security Checker
    Nexus Firewall
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    Overview

    Black Duck is a comprehensive solution for managing security, license compliance, and code quality risks that come from the use of open source in applications and containers. Named a leader in software composition analysis (SCA) by Forrester, Black Duck gives you unmatched visibility into third-party code, enabling you to control it across your software supply chain and throughout the application life cycle.

    Nexus Firewall is a perimeter quality control for software development. Similar to a network firewall, it leverages rules you define that automatically shield you from unacceptable software components entering and another set for stopping them from exiting your application development.

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    Sample Customers
    Samsung, Siemens, ScienceLogic, Noser Engineering AG, ClickFox, Dynatrace, CopperLeaf
    EDF, Tomitribe, Crosskey, Blackboard, Travel audience
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company35%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Government9%
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    Small Business38%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Find out what your peers are saying about Sonatype, Snyk, WhiteSource and others in Software Composition Analysis (SCA). Updated: January 2022.
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    Black Duck is ranked 6th in Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with 6 reviews while Sonatype Nexus Firewall is ranked 10th in Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with 1 review. Black Duck is rated 7.6, while Sonatype Nexus Firewall is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Black Duck writes "Good knowledge base and management system and helpful for discovering commercial and open-source licenses". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sonatype Nexus Firewall writes "Significantly decreases our time to market for secure apps by automating open source approval". Black Duck is most compared with WhiteSource, Snyk, Fortify Static Code Analyzer, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle and Sentinel SCA, whereas Sonatype Nexus Firewall is most compared with JFrog Xray, Snyk, WhiteSource, Checkmarx and SonarQube.

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