Platform update and AI extension
GitLab for update 16.8 and prices for “Duo Pro”-AI
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GitLab has recently announced the release of version 16.8. Among other things, the update provides support for the GCP Secret Manager as well as accelerated builds thanks to Maven dependency proxy.
The DORA metrics integrated in GitLab 16.8 allow a standardized DevOps benchmark.
One of the key features in GitLab 16.8 is the support of the GCP Secret Manager, which simplifies the retrieval and use of secrets stored in the GCP Secret Manager in CI/CD jobs. This integration is intended to ensure a better integration of GitLab and Google Cloud and to optimize build and deployment processes.
Another feature enhancement is the general availability of workspaces. These secure remote development environments “on demand” are intended to reduce the time for the administration of dependencies and the onboarding of new developers. According to the provider, the platform-independent approach should help to use existing cloud infrastructures to host the work environments and to keep one’s own data private and secure.
An important security measure is the possibility for GitLab admins to prescribe two-factor authentication (2FA) in self-managed instances. This feature aims to increase security for privileged accounts by encouraging privileged users who are not yet using 2FA to set this up the next time they log in.
The Maven Dependency Proxy is now contributing to the acceleration of builds, which should help to manage dependencies more efficiently. This feature facilitates package management by searching for required packages first in the project and then in external repositories, which increases the reliability and speed of the pipelines.
In addition, GitLab 16.8 provides deeper insights into project performance through the enhanced issue analytics report and a new enterprise-level DevOps benchmark that enables a top-down analysis of DevOps performance using the four DORA metrics. The list of improvements also includes a new landing page for group-level analytics dashboards, increased visibility of the predecessor elements of tasks or OKRs, and a smarter reset of approvals with support for patch IDs.
In addition to the release of GitLab 16.8, the company has also announced the pricing and availability for the GitLab Duo Pro add-on, which will be available from February 2024. GitLab Duo Pro, which is offered for $19 per user per month, focuses on privacy and transparency and combines AI-powered code suggestions and generation with extensive control mechanisms for teams to improve collaboration and minimize security and compliance risks.
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