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Sonatype Platform


What is Sonatype Platform?

Sonatype secures the software supply chain and protects organizations' vital software development lifecycle(SDLC). The platform unites security teams and developers to accelerate digital innovation without sacrificing security or quality across the SDLC. With users among more than 2,000 organizations and…

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Lives up to the hype

10 out of 10
December 05, 2023
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  • $165 Per user per month, billed annually per user
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What is Sonatype Platform?

Sonatype secures the software supply chain and protects organizations' vital software development lifecycle(SDLC). The platform unites security teams and developers to accelerate digital innovation without sacrificing security or quality across the SDLC. With users among more than 2,000 organizations and 15 million software developers, Sonatype tools and guidance help users to deliver and maintain exceptional and secure software. Core product offerings include:
  1. Sonatype Repository Firewall the first line of defense against against software supply chain attacks. It blocks malicious and suspicious packages, prevents known vulnerabilities and harmful open source releases from downloading into the repository, and automatically releases cleared components back into the development pipeline.
  2. Sonatype Lifecycle enables continuous monitoring of business critical applications that have been released or deployed to determine risk level and remediate vulnerabilities faster, with precise component intelligence. This helps to prevent unplanned work, security breaches, and maintainability issues with early detection and remediation.
  3. Sonatype Nexus Repository helps manage components, binaries and build artifacts across the entire software supply chain, serving billions of components to developers weekly so they can build more quickly and reliably.

Sonatype Platform Features

  • Supported: Continuous Monitoring
  • Supported: Policy Enforcement
  • Supported: Integrations and Language Support
  • Supported: Reporting & Analytics
  • Supported: Remediation
  • Supported: Flexible deployment options (Cloud, Self-hosted, Air-gapped)
  • Supported: Scalability
  • Supported: SBOM
  • Supported: Protection from unknown vulnerabilities
  • Supported: Hosted repository protection from namespace confusion attack
  • Supported: Suspicious auto-quarantine
  • Supported: Automated version replacement for dependencies
  • Supported: Support for artifactory enterprise

Sonatype Platform Screenshots

Screenshot of Sonatype LifecycleScreenshot of Sonatype Lifecycle - Chrome extensionScreenshot of Sonatype Advanced Legal PackScreenshot of Sonatype Nexus RepositoryScreenshot of Sonatype Nexus Repository ManagerScreenshot of Remediation of vulnerabilitiesScreenshot of Sonatype Lifecycle IntegrationsScreenshot of Sonatype Repository Firewall

Sonatype Platform Videos

"Run Anywhere" with Sonatype
Full Spectrum Software Supply Chain Automation

Sonatype Platform Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesNorth America, EMEA, APJ, Latin America
Supported LanguagesEnglish

Frequently Asked Questions

Sonatype Platform starts at $165.

Snyk, Veracode, and Black Duck Software Composition Analysis (SCA) are common alternatives for Sonatype Platform.

The most common users of Sonatype Platform are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).

Sonatype Platform Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)0%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)10%
Enterprises (more than 500 employees)90%
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December 05, 2023

Lives up to the hype

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have been utilizing Repository Manager and Lifecyle for approximately five years now. The entire software development team interacts with the Sonatype Platform on a daily basis. Repository Manager is used as a proxy to external repositories, store internally developed artifacts, and Docker images. Since all packages that developers retrieve flow through Repository Manager, we are able to enforce our open source best practices. Allowing us to prevent unauthorized packages from being implemented into projects. Repository Manager and Lifecycle are both integrated into our CI/CD pipeline. While Repository Manager is used to pull and deploy packages, Lifecycle is searching for vulnerabilities. With each build, we are receiving a report for all of the components. Based on the valuable data Sonatype provides us, we are able to make decisions on whether to allow the build to continue. This prevents any vulnerable component from being introduced to our environments. Lifecycle also allows us to view newly discovered vulnerabilities within applications that have already been deployed, so they can be resolved as well.<br><br>Overall, Sonatype Platform greatly reduces the risk we assume each day.
  • Easy integration and automation with CI/CD pipeline
  • Block unsupported packages
  • Developer friendly vulnerability reports
  • Vulnerability reporting
  • easily manage custom artifacts
  • Better abilities to share vulnerability reports
  • VS 2022 plugin is here, but it would be nice to use the plugin without having to specify an app within Lifecyle
The different features Sonatype Platform offers checks all the boxes for us. From the artifact management with Repository Manager, to the vulnerability data from Lifecycle. Over the years it has proven itself, and I'm glad we went with the product.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Sonatype Platform Nexus Lifecycle to manage and remediate source code vulnerabilities and also using it for real-time monitoring of components throughout the SDLC, alerting teams about security vulnerabilities and other policy violations. Also, we use it to enforce software license compliance by identifying components with specific licensing terms and managing issues related to it.
  • Security scanning and vulnerabilities management
  • Policy enforcements on components usage
  • Real-time monitoring of components throughout the SDLC
  • Provides reporting on vulnerability assessments
  • Sonatype Platform support is quite responsive
  • Limited feature in IDE plugins
  • Provide alternate component where no new version fix for vulnerability exists
  • Reporting can to be improved
  • Some functionalities are not there in UI and not accessible via API
One of the best SCA tools available in market. Well suited for scenarios for where open source binaries are used. Also, allows users to minimize security vulnerabilities, permitting organizations to enhance development workflow. Sonatype Platform Lifecycle also gives the user complete control over their software supply chain, allowing them managing SDLC.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Top tier platform for identifying, remediating and managing known source code vulnerabilities across a large portfolio of applications. We incorporated Nexus Lifecycle scanning into our end to end pipelines with great success.
  • Vulnerability identification and best path to remediation.
  • Very well supported platform - exceptional customer service.
  • Ongoing monitoring of last released BOM per application and alerting of new vulnerabilities.
  • Recommendations for best Energy Consumption options based on existing BOM - e.g. replace component X with component Y to reduce CPU cycles.
  • More specific recommendations regarding Open Source Licensing - not just saying "Copyleft" but the next level of analysis (it's difficult - but would save a lot of time)
  • Provide specific component replacement options where no "next version" resolves a high severity vulnerability.
Product suite fits nicely in a large enterprise environment with a lot of applications.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Sonatype Platform's Nexus Lifecycle is used in my company in the DevSecOps Department. We were looking for an SCA tool that was truly developer-oriented. We'd like security tools to be transparent for the application team, to motivate them to use them across every SDLC stage - Sonatype Platform is really good for that. It allows us to scale relatively quickly and increase the 3rd party dependencies security posture monitoring across the whole company.
  • SBOM continuous monitoring
  • Easy SCM integration
  • Tool onboarding
  • Tool capabilities for dotnet technology
  • More detailed remediation steps
  • Better pre-commit feedback for developers
  • More out-of-the-box features
1. Team onboarding - because of the simplicity of initial tool configuration and SCM integration, onboarding of the Sonatype Platform Lifecycle is really convenient for the new teams.
2. Sonatype Platform NexusIQ is really great for Java and JavaScript technologies - configuration is really easy and the detail level from the results helps the teams to understand and mitigate the risks
3. Support for dotnet is significantly lower than for Java and JS - there is no native SBOM generation and analysis results are less detailed.
4. Some features like automatic PRs/PRs commenting/Grandfathering may be hard to understand and configure
October 27, 2023

Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Sonatype Nexus Lifecycle, we are able to identify issues with the 3rd party controls/components in our software very early into the development stage. Sonatype Lifecycle works very well within our DevOps practice, it helps us to implement continuous monitoring on 3rd party controls/components. It provides detailed reporting that helps us to understand the associated Vulnerabilities with the components and its dependencies.
  • Scan Speed/time
  • Detailed reports
  • Their own analysis
  • Provision to see the historical reporting/analysis with 3rd party components.
Using SCA tool in development stage helps development teams to identify issues with the Open-Source Software/3rd party components early into the development stage. that overall helps organization to fix the issues with lesser cost compared while making a plan to fix after the product is fully developed. For all the new development we prefer to use SCA platform like Sonatype from the beginning.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Sonatype Platform as a one solution for artifactory and DevSecOps lifecycle. Our use case is integrating Sonatype Platform in SDLC deliver through CICD. We use Sonatype Platform for OSS component evaluation.
Use cases:
1. OSS packages evaluation
2. Analyse the SCA (binary package scanning)
3. container image scan
all these use cases are in our CICD journey, and it accelerate our CICD deliverables.
  • Nexus firewall is a great feature enabled for all our proxy repositories which are used to download the third-party opensource packages.
  • Nexus IQ is integrated with build stage to analyze the component against evaluation policy. This helps to figure out the application security standards.
  • Nexus IQ is also having a feature to scan container images before it uploads to our private repository. This is great feature for container platforms.
  • Nexus IQ policy creation
  • Nexus repository manager clean up policy.
  • Nexus firewall quarantine auto release
Sonatype Platform is suitable for big budget project where doesn't have storage issues.
Sonatype Platform is lacking some better dashboards for management perspective.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
With over 3.000 business applications, 100 million lines of code, 500 development teams and roughly 1.500 builds per day, standardization, governance and control are key aspects we address with the Sonatype Platform.

Nexus Repository is used as the golden source for artifact management and acts as the crown jewel of the software development factory. All builds and off-the-shelf packages are pulled from Nexus prior to deployments downstream.

Any dependency that is consumed is first checked using Sonatype Firewall and subsequently scanned using Sonatype Lifecycle in the pipelines. Custom and default policies work together in securing our organization against attack vectors like malware, malicious components, security vulnerabilities, license violations and end of life dependencies.

Authorization to application information is centrally governed, access management too. Many integrations between pipelines running on Azure or on premise are centrally governed. Security reviews by expert teams is arranged through integration between Nexus Lifecycle and ServiceNow.

Risk Acceptance and other policy deviations are centrally managed and are used as vital information to assess the overall security posture of our organization.

Support for new technologies and assistance with remediation of new vulnerabilities that are found in components is received at a decent frequency by Sonatype.
  • Advice on remediation of vulnerabilities in open source components
  • Support for the top 20 most commonly used software development languages/ frameworks/ packages
  • Protection against threats from an early stage in the threat-lifecycle
  • Support on the end of life lifecycle of known open source components that are going end of life, or already went end of life
  • Support for emerging infrastructure as code frameworks
  • Support for native/ default retention, archiving and clean up policies for hosted repositories
For a medium to large size organization with the possibility to setup a central support team to support the governance, maintenance and implementation of the Sonatype Platform, the product suite from Sonatype is very well suited. Setting up detailed configurations requires quite some effort and deep understanding of the Sonatype Platform. Whenever needed the support teams from Sonatype are available for technical and functional support. As well the Innovate platform of Sonatype offers customers to interact on specific topics and set up customer reference calls.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our company uses the Sonatype Platform to repose our developed artifacts, proxy to external open source repositories, and centrally manage the companies artifacts. We also use the Sonatype Platform to managed the SDLC related to license and security vulnerabilities via policy. We use the policies to prevent unwanted libraries from being brought into the environment, as well as inform developers on remediations that need to be made. We support more than 5000 developers that are distributed across the globe. The Sonatype Platform is an essential part of how we manage open source libraries, which is a core part of our software development. We are a financial services company, and therefore, we own data that is considered a high value target for bad actors. The Sonatype Platform is integrated throughout the development lifecycle.
  • Block unwanted open source libraries from entering our environment
  • Provides appropriate level information to help our developers identify and remediate vulnerabilities.
  • Cost effective enterprise management of open source libraries.
  • Provides enterprise level reporting on our vulnerability footprint.
  • Sonatype Platform architecture is antiquated and needs to be updated on modern technologies.
  • Sonatype Platform UI is lacking in several basic usability features
  • There needs to be better features and support for their IDE plugins.
I don't think that Sonatype has any legitimate competitors regarding their knowledge of open source software. That knowledge is seamlessly woven into their products. They have extended the value of that knowledge by applying AI to their library analysis. The false positive rate is near 0. If you are not developing software using a large percentage of open source code, there may be better options. Or, if you value minimizing costs over remediating vulnerabilities, there are probably better tools.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Sonatype Lifecycle to scan our open software dependencies and raise issues if these are vulnerable. It is easy to integrate this scan with a CI tool, the scan itself takes seconds and you can see the results in the log output or in a link that opens Sonatype Lifecycle report. The report is easy to understand, categorizing the vulnerabilities by its severity. You can look at lots of details for each vulnerability, this helps greatly identifying if you are vulnerable to the issue and if there is a new version of the dependency available that fixes the issue.

  • Scan all open source dependencies, looking for vulnerabilities
  • Detailed information about each vulnerability
  • Great customer support!
  • Container scanning is cumbersome, difficult to get it working
  • If you look at a scan result in the dashboard, you cannot see the git branch where it was produced (you only see the commit hash)
Sonatype Lifecycle is a strong product when it comes to scanning open source dependencies. I works really good with modern languages where using a dependency manager tool (gradle, maven, npm, pip...). It struggles more with projects where dependencies are manually managed like C/C++ legacy projects.

You can also scan a container, looking for vulnerabilities in the image itself. This works fine although a little bit more difficult to setup than the application dependency scans. If your product is container based, with Sonatype Lifecycle you have all your software footprint scanned.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Nexus as a repository for our code artifacts for different languages. Mainly for JavaScript/Typescript libraries and Java libraries but also docker images. The libraries are typically provided for multiple projects. Another use-case is to use Nexus as a proxy to other Maven-based repositories.
  • Manage different versions of java artifacts.
  • Works as a package manager for JavaScript based apps.
  • User management integrated with our company active directory server.
  • The user interface is complex and not easy to understand for first time users.
  • The administration and configuration is kind of complex.
Sonatype Nexus works well as an artifact repository for different programming languages. If set up correctly it is very easy to use in your Maven or Gradle scripts to manage your dependencies. It is also easy to aggregate different public repositories and manage access to these public repositories.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In our organization we use Sonatype's Nexus Platform to manage repositories, artifacts like docker images and libraries and to distribute/share artifacts amongst different teams. Integrates well with gitlab/github repositories making it a good choice as repository manager. It has web browser to browse different artifacts and manage the artifacts (deprecate the ones not required)
Some teams use Nexus Lifecycle to identify vulnerabilities in build components and has been great help!
  • Store and share artifacts likes java libraries and docker images
  • Find vulnerabilities and malicious code in the builds using LifeCycle
  • Integrates quite well with Gitlab ci/cd and provides
  • Managing/browsing different artifacts in the repo
  • UI can be improved. The error messages can be made clearer.
  • Repository mirroring between Nexus and Artifactory breaks from time to time
  • We have run into issues with Nexus and various plug-ins specifically maven from time to time.
We use two modules of Sonatype Nexus platform, Nexus LifeCycle and Nexus Repository.
  • Nexus Repository: Nexus Repository is a good choice for being a repository manager. IAs such it does a good job of mirroring external repositories like artifactory etc. It saves network bandwidth/hard ware costs by allowing the teams to share artifacts with each other. Repository UI allows managing different artifacts. For bulk operations, CLI provides a value add. Support is available and helpful. Its a great choice is one is looking for repository manager which comes with support.
  • Nexus LifeCycle : Provides checking the vulnerabilities in the builds. It is probably the best thing which Nexus offers. It comes with its REST api. Artifacts can be checked before getting deployed.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use the Nexus platform to keep track of our built test and production binaries and to make it easy to access third-party libraries used by our system at compile time. It’s used on daily basis in all our development teams in the organization. Related to third-party libraries, Nexus is used to ensure we have a cached version in-house in case the online source disappears.
  • Keep track of built artifacts.
  • Makes it possible to browse available artifacts.
  • Search and find new libraries and their latest version.
  • User interface could be improved.
  • Integration with development IDE could be improved.
The Sonatype Nexus Platform is suitable if you have a need to either keep old historical versions of your builds. It’s also suitable if you have a need to ensure you can build old versions of your system even if the online source of a third-party library becomes unavailable. It's hard to justify the complexity of the platform if you are doing one-time prototyping and never have a need to go back to old builds.
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