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Walmart Integrates Nexus, OneOps, Jenkins, Kubernetes into Distribution Center Management System

Walmart Logistics is integrating Nexus, Jenkins, Kubernetes, and OneOps open source software components into its management system for 200 plus of its disribution centers in an effort to set up each center as its own cloud. The goal is for each application to function autonomously, just like the distribution centers themselves.

The Nexus Exchange: 30 new integrations from the community

Introducing the Nexus Exchange.

Over the years, members of the Nexus Community have created interesting and useful integrations with our products.  The list of projects has grown to the point where we need a central location to manage them. Today, we launch the Nexus Exchange. You’ll find integrations with Puppet, Chef, GitHub, Jenkins, Docker and many more of your favorite tools. The projects include integrations with Nexus 2, Nexus 3 and Nexus Lifecycle.

Shift Security Practices Left: New Nexus Plugin for Jenkins Pipelines

Shift Security Practices Left: New Nexus Plugin for Jenkins Pipelines

Many organizations are quickly maturing their CI/CD practices in the hopes of winning the innovation battle. But where do security and governance practices fit in? As organizations embrace DevOps, quality and security cannot become an afterthought. The good news is that many DevOps practitioners agree as evidenced by our recent DevSecOps survey. The data shows that mature DevOps organizations are automating security practices earlier in the development process compared to less mature DevOps organizations.

Continuous Delivery and Nexus

At QCon London, David Farley (@davefarley77) told the audience that “continuous delivery changes the economics of software delivery”. I could not agree more.

Delivering on a Promise: Free Nexus Training

Our promise to the community was that when we reached 1,000 members we’d publish another series of free training videos. As of today, we have reached 1,061 members with the count growing daily. We are publishing the beginning of a new series on Nexus Pro and Smart Proxy as a thank you to the community for your continuing support. Current members have immediate access to the new series.

Rubyists Rejoice - Nexus Supports RubyGem Repositories

We have done it again! Our Nexus development team has been busy this fall. With Nexus 2.9 in September, we introduced NuGet support for Nexus Open Source. In October Nexus 2.10 introduced npm support for all Nexus editions. And now with Nexus 2.11, we are adding Ruby Gem Repository support!

We are happy to announce that Nexus 2.11 adds full support for Ruby Gem repositories to all Nexus editions including Nexus Open Source, Nexus Professional, and Nexus Professional CLM Edition.

Christian Meier, active JRuby committer and creator of the JRuby Maven plugin has maintained an open source project to support Gem repositories for Nexus with us for quite a while. However this integration was not part of a default Nexus install and users had to build and install the plugins themselves. To improve the experience for everyone, we have worked together to bring this capability into the main Nexus Open Source project and therefore into the default install of any Nexus edition. On the way the Nexus development team and Christian improved the codebase and solidified the features. Christian’s deep experience with Ruby and gems, helped ensure that we create the features needed to make Gem repository support in Nexus viable for real-world production use.

The new Gem repository support brings the tried and tested concepts used for Maven, NuGet and NPM repositories of combining proxy and hosted repositories in a group and exposing them to the client tools for Ruby, gem and Bundler users.


First create a proxy repository of the main RubyGems repository. This will allow you to take advantage of the proxy features of Nexus. Any gem downloaded by a users will be cached in Nexus and subsequent requests will no longer have to reach out to rubygems.org. This will reduce your bandwidth needs and make any gem install on subsequent systems more reliable and much faster, since the gem will be local on your network already. And you will have access to all the gems available at RubyGems.org and potentially any other gem repository you want to access without relying on the performance of that upstream repository for each request.


Then create a hosted repository for you own gems that you wish to distribute within your organization. This allows you to push a gem to Nexus and all other users can just install the gem on their system without any need for further custom tooling. A simple ‘gem install GEMNAME’ will do.

Optionally you can also create another hosted repository to host other gems, maybe from a proprietary vendor or partner organization, that doesn’t use Nexus yet.


Finally to make it super simple for your users, you create a Gem repository group. It merges the proxy and hosted repositories and exposes all the contents via one simple URL. This URL stays the same even if more gems are added to the repositories or if more proxy repositories are added to the group. Its truly a fire and forget configuration that just works.

And Enjoy!

Your users now have configure gem on their machine to use Nexus as a source. And if they want to push to Nexus they can use the nexus gem we provide.

All you have to do is get new Nexus 2.11 - Open Source or Professional, install it and get it configured and you are up and running. It will be quick and easy with the documentation and the benefits will be immediate. If you are using Ruby, If you are a Ruby developer, give it a try and let us know how you like it.

Integrating with SonarQube

Many development organizations we work with have turned to SonarQube as a dashboard to visualize and measure their code quality.