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New Quay features: Enterprise-class deployment infrastructure for building container-based systems

At CoreOS we aim to deliver best-in-class deployment infrastructure to the application container industry. Today at CoreOS Fest we're announcing new features in Quay, our hosted private enterprise container registry.

With an updated build system and UI, Quay's first-to-market features include a new caching layer, image tagging history and secure hosting for private container repositories like rkt and Docker, enabling a simpler, faster and easier way to create and use application containers. In addition, today Quay adds official support for the App Container specification (appc), allowing companies application container portability and choice. Read on for more details.

New UI and features add even more performance and reliability

Quay is an advanced image registry delivered by CoreOS for containerized applications and a key part of infrastructure that can be run behind a firewall, allowing companies to maintain security and take advantage of container-based systems. With a simple but powerful UI, DevOps and developers spend less time managing the containers and more time creating and using them.

"We have been long-term customers of Quay because of the security elements involved from day one," said Frank Macreery, co-founder and CTO of Aptible. "The new features such as the build system and time machine propel Quay's technology to the forefront of deployment infrastructure."

New Quay features available today include:

  • Clean User Interface: A simplified UI is faster, fully responsive on mobile, and includes a new search system making it even quicker and easier to create and maintain container repositories.
  • New caching layer, faster builds: Quay now pre-calculates caching information, so builds will happen even faster and production deployments can be developed incrementally.
  • Time machine: Users can now see the history of all the tags in their repository for up to a two week period, and have the ability to revert tags to a previous state. With this new functionality, users can be more confident than ever when pulling a tag from Quay in production environments: newer images can be pushed with the safety of undoing the operation in just a few clicks, as well as being able to fix any unprecedented issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Support for git submodules: Highly requested by customers, now more teams are able to make use of the Quay build infrastructure.
  • Support for Bitbucket and GitLab: With additional generic Git support, now any Git repo can be built via a webhook callback.
  • Support for encrypted passwords: Users can now create and use encrypted versions of their passwords on the Docker command line, compensating for the fact that Docker stores passwords in plaintext in .dockercfg files.

Quay and Tectonic - looking ahead

Moving forward, we will continue to invest heavily in the container registry as both a standalone product and as a feature of Tectonic.

In order to continue to provide our customers with the highest quality products, we are delivering an upgraded build experience and added functionality to Quay today so that more and more companies can maintain security and effectively create and use application containers.

Quay now supports converting and fetching images that adhere to the App Container specification (appc), which outlines how to define and build containerized applications. These images can be used with rkt, a container runtime designed for server environments with the most rigorous security and production requirements. These technologies enable portability within the container ecosystem, giving companies real flexibility when choosing how to run their containerized applications.

Get started with Quay here. Today at CoreOS Fest in San Francisco, our team will discuss what's new at 1 p.m. PT. For those unable to make it in person, sessions will be recorded and posted online soon.