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GitLab vs. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle
July 2022
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Pros
"The most valuable feature of GitLab is its security.""GitLab offers a good interface for doing code reviews between two colleagues.""CI/CD is very good. The version control system is also good. These are the two features that we use.""This product is always evolving, and they listen to the customers.""We like that we can have an all-encompassing product and don't have to implement different solutions.""GitLab is being used as a repository for our codebase and it is a one stop DevOps tool we use in our team.""It speeds up our development, it's faster, safer, and more convenient.""As a developer, this solution is useful as a repository holder because most of the POC projects that we have are on GitLab."

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"We really like the Nexus Firewall. There are increasing threats from npm, rogue components, and we've been able to leverage protection there. We also really like being able to know which of our apps has known vulnerabilities.""Sonatype support is quite responsive. When we needed something, we could reach out and set up a meeting. They provide the best support possible.""The most important features of the Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle are the vulnerability reports.""Vulnerability detection accuracy is good.""The quality or the profiles that you can set are most valuable. The remediation of issues that you can do and how the information is offered is also valuable.""Its engine itself is most valuable in terms of the way it calculates and decides whether a security vulnerability exists or not. That's the most important thing. Its security is also pretty good, and its listing about the severities is also good.""The value I get from IQ Server is that I get information on real business risks. Is something compliant, are we using the proper license?""The integrations into developer tooling are quite nice. I have the integration for Eclipse and for Visual Studio. Colleagues are using the Javascript IDE from JetBrains called WebStorm and there is an integration for that from Nexus Lifecycle. I have not heard about anything that is not working. It's also quite easy to integrate it. You just need to set up a project or an app and then you just make the connection in all the tools you're using."

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"It would be better if there weren't any outages. There are occasions where we usually see a lot of outages using GitLab. It happens at least once a week or something like that. Whatever pipelines you're running, to check the logs, you need to have a different set of tools like Argus or something like that. If you have pipelines running on GitLab, you need a separate service deployed to view the logs, which is kind of a pain. If the logs can be used conveniently on GitLab, that would be definitely helpful. I'm not talking about the CI/CD pipelines but the back-end services and microservices deployed over GitLab. To view the logs for those microservices, you need to have separate log viewers, which is kind of a pain.""GitLab's Windows version is yet not available and having this would be an improvement.""The documentation could be improved to help newcomers better understand things like creating new branches.""The solution could improve by providing more integration into the CI/CD pipeline, an autocomplete search tool, and more supporting documentation.""The only thing our company is really waiting on in terms of features is the development of metrics.""We are having a few problems integrating with Jira at the moment, which is something that our IT department is investigating.""It can be free for commercial use.""Reporting could be improved."

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"Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle can improve the functionality. Some functionalities are missing from the UI that could be accessed using the API but they are not available. For example, seeing more than the 100 first reports or, seeing your comments when you process a waiver for a vulnerability or a violation.""In the beginning, we sometimes struggle to access the customer environment. The customer must issue the required certificates because many customers use cell phone certificates, and Sonatype needs a valid CA certificate.""We got a lot of annotations for certain libraries when it comes to Java, but my feeling, and the feeling of a colleague as well, is that we don't get as many for critical libraries when it comes to .NET, as if most of them are really fine... It would be good if Sonatype would check the status of annotations for .NET packages.""Nexus Lifecycle is multiple products. One drawback I've noticed is that there are some differences in the features between the products within Lifecycle. They need to maintain the same structure, but there are some slight differences.""Overall it's good, but it would be good for our JavaScript front-end developers to have that IDE integration for their libraries. Right now, they don't, and I'm told by my Sonatype support rep that I need to submit an idea, from which they will submit a feature request. I was told it was already in the pipeline, so that was one strike against sales.""The user interface needs to be improved. It is slow for us. We use Nexus IQ mostly via APIs. We don't use the interface that much, but when we use it, certain areas are just unresponsive or very slow to load. So, performance-wise, the UI is not fast enough for us, but we don't use it that much anyway.""The solution is not an SaaS product.""The team managing Nexus Lifecycle reported that their internal libraries were not being identified, so they have asked Sonatype's technical team to include that in the upcoming version."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I think that we pay approximately $100 USD per month."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "It seems reasonable. Our IT team manages the licenses."
  • "Its price is fine. It is on the cheaper side and not expensive. You have to pay additionally for GitLab CI/CD minutes. Initially, we used the free version. When we ran out of GitLab minutes, we migrated to the paid version."
  • "It is very expensive. We can't bear it now, and we have to find another solution. We have a yearly subscription in which we can increase the number of licenses, but we have to pay at the end of the year."
  • "I don't mind the price because I use the free version."
  • "We are using its free version, and we are evaluating its Premium version. Its Ultimate version is very expensive."
  • "The price of GitLab could be better, it is expensive."
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  • "Cost is a drawback. It's somewhat costly."
  • "It's expensive, but you get what you pay for. There were no problems with the base license and how they do it. It was transparent. You don't have to worry. You can scan to your heart's delight."
  • "Given the number of users we have, it is one of the most expensive tools in our portfolio, which includes some real heavy-duty tools such as GitLab, Jira, etc. It is definitely a bit on the expensive side, and the ambiguity in how the licenses are calculated adds to the cost as well. If there is a better understanding of how the licenses are being calculated, there would be a better agreement between the two parties, and the cost might also be a little less. There is no extra cost from Sonatype. There is an operational cost on the BT side in terms of resources, etc."
  • "There are additional costs in commercial offerings for add-ons such as Nexus Container or IDE Advanced Toolkit. They come with additional fees or licenses."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:GitLab is being used as a repository for our codebase and it is a one stop DevOps tool we use in our team.
    Top Answer:We are using the Community Edition and this is free.
    Top Answer:It is a little complex to set up the pipelines within the solution.
    Top Answer:We like the data that Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle consistently delivers. This solution helps us in fixing and understanding the issues a lot quicker. The policy engine allows you to set up different… more »
    Top Answer:The component piece, where you can analyze the component, is the most valuable. You can pull the component up and you can look at what versions are bad, what versions are clean, and what versions… more »
    Top Answer:I'm not familiar with the pricing in detail, but I believe it was pretty reasonably priced, compared to the market.
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    Nexus Lifecycle
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    Overview

    GitLab is a single application with features for the whole software development and operations (DevOps) lifecycle.

    Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle is an open-source security and dependency management software that uses only one tool to automatically find open-source vulnerabilities at every stage of the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). Users can now minimize security vulnerabilities, permitting organizations to enhance development workflow. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle gives the user complete control over their software supply chain, allowing them to regain wasted time fighting risks in the SDLC. In addition, this software unifies the ability to define rules, actions, and policies that work best for your organizations and teams.

    Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle allows users to help their teams discover threats before an attack has the chance to take place by examining a database of known vulnerabilities. With continuous monitoring at every stage of the development life cycle, Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle enables teams to build secure software. The solution allows users to utilize a complete automated solution within their existing workflows. Once a potential threat is identified, the solution’s policies will automatically rectify it.

    Benefits of Open-source Security Monitoring

    As cybersecurity attacks are on the rise, organizations are at constant risk for data breaches. Managing your software supply chain gets trickier as your organization grows, leaving many vulnerabilities exposed. With easily accessible source code that can be modified and shared freely, open-source monitoring gives users complete transparency. A community of professionals can inspect open-source code to ensure fewer bugs, and any open-source dependency vulnerability will be detected and fixed rapidly. Users can use open-source security monitoring to avoid attacks through automatic detection of potential threats and rectification immediately and automatically.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle software receives high praise from users for many reasons. Among them are the abilities to identify and rectify vulnerabilities at every stage of the SDLC, help with open-source governance, and minimize risk.

    Michael E., senior enterprise architect at MIB Group, says "Some of the more profound features include the REST APIs. We tend to make use of those a lot. They also have a plugin for our CI/CD.”

    R.S., senior architect at a insurance company, notes “Specifically features that have been good include:

    • the email notifications
    • the API, which has been good to work with for reporting, because we have some downstream reporting requirements
    • that it's been really user-friendly to work with.”

    "Its engine itself is most valuable in terms of the way it calculates and decides whether a security vulnerability exists or not. That's the most important thing. Its security is also pretty good, and its listing about the severities is also good," says Subham S., engineering tools and platform manager at BT - British Telecom.

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    Siemens, University of Washington, Equinix, Paessler AG, CNCF, Ticketmaster, CERN, Vaadin
    Genome.One, Blackboard, Crediterform, Crosskey, Intuit, Progress Software, Qualys, Liberty Mutual Insurance
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    Buyer's Guide
    GitLab vs. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about GitLab vs. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,645 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    GitLab is ranked 2nd in Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with 26 reviews while Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle is ranked 4th in Software Composition Analysis (SCA) with 9 reviews. GitLab is rated 8.2, while Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of GitLab writes "A double-sided solution for both DevOps and version management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle writes "Helps us drive down our technical debt due to components with known issues". GitLab is most compared with Microsoft Azure DevOps, TeamCity, Tekton, AWS CodePipeline and GoCD, whereas Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle is most compared with SonarQube, Snyk, Black Duck, Mend and JFrog Xray. See our GitLab vs. Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle report.

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