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JFrog acquires Upswift, connects DevOps and IoT "for the first time"

By Catherine Knowles, 14 Sep 2021

JFrog has acquired Upswift, the creators of connected device management software for developers.

The combined companies aim to deliver the industry's first complete development-to-device platform that bridges the gap between current IoT software silos and common DevOps processes.

This includes dependency scanning, CI/CD, artifact management, shifting left for application security, software distribution and more.

According to the company, it will empower developers to connect modern CI/CD and SecOps workflows to the world of connected devices, providing a complete process from software creation to full deployment on the device itself.

For customers, this acquisition means greater digital transformation, delivering automation from development environments to the cloud and all the way to end devices.

On the drive behind the acquisition, the company states that as the sophistication and complexity of both commercial and consumer devices increases, having a fast, reliable, secure way to monitor and update connected devices from a cloud-based DevOps platform is increasingly important.

The combined technologies aim to provide a single pane of glass for DevOps engineers and developers to securely manage the complete device software release cycle, reducing deployment time and operational pain.

Overall, the integrated technology platform will provide the following:

  • The ability to fully automate software updates from development to device, with full automation capabilities across the DevOps lifecycle of build, security, distribution, and device deployment.
  • Scalable, developer-oriented, OTA updates across large fleets of edge and IoT devices with automated, secure updates from anywhere.
  • Extended security capabilities to the broad IoT landscape, broadening visibility, monitoring risks and remediating vulnerabilities found on devices.
  • Ability to update software directly on IoT and edge devices, reliably delivering file-system and container updates across a distributed fleet.
  • Device update management and monitoring, including real-time status of device health, functioning, and applications.
  • Remote control capabilities across distributed edges, including direct device access from a browser or via API.
  • Complete visibility of software package releases through the full DevOps pipeline, including deployments and incremental updates.
  • Full integration with the JFrog Platform to enable secure management of software releases to the edge.

JFrog CEO and co-founder Shlomi Ben Haim says, “We are extremely excited about this acquisition on several levels the technology, the people, and the market potential.

"Not only will we be able to connect the worlds of DevOps and IoT for the first time and make digital transformation real for developers, but we are also joining forces with an incredible team with a passion for innovation and infinite scale.

"This is another big leap towards our Liquid Software vision of becoming the company that powers the world's software updates, amplifying our product roadmap and opening new market opportunities.”

JFrog CTO and co-founder Yoav Landman says, “Most edge and IoT device software update solutions are homegrown, specialised and siloed from modern CI/CD and the DevOps software development lifecycle.

"At the same time, most of today's DevOps solutions are not built to deliver and deploy software updates to distributed edge and IoT environments, nor manage them on an ongoing basis.

"Upswift provides a developer-focused device management and software update technology that easily integrates with current DevOps automation workflows and developer ecosystems, allowing continuous delivery to devices to happen naturally.”

Upswift CEO and founder Amit Ezer says, “As more and more intelligent applications and data collection move to the edge, the marriage of DevOps with device management is unstoppable.

"We're thrilled to join JFrog, a leader in the DevOps space, and to deliver something truly innovative to the market that helps developers further their digital transformation initiatives and bridge container deployment all the way to the end-device.”

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