GitLab, the leading AI-powered, enterprise-grade DevSecOps platform, just announced the launch of its newest major release, GitLab 16. The latest update offers customers new DevSecOps platform-wide capabilities that are immediately available as well as releases scheduled for the rest of the year.
Here are some of the key features available to customers.
Leveraging AI-Powered Capabilities
GitLab 16 offers enterprises an AI-powered DevSecOps platform with capabilities ranging from Code Suggestions, which empower users to write better code more quickly and efficiently, to security analysis and testing, observability, and proactive vulnerability detection. The privacy-first approach gives enterprises and highly-regulated organizations the assurance that their intellectual property will remain secured within GitLab’s infrastructure. Additional features powered by AI include Explain This Code, Explain This Vulnerability, Suggested Reviewers, and Value Stream Forecasting. Future releases will include features such as Resolve This Vulnerability and Refactor This Code.
“AI is poised to have a transformative impact on the technology landscape broadly, and DevOps is one of the categories that will most directly benefit,” says Stephen O’Grady, Principal Analyst with RedMonk. “Platforms that leverage AI will have the opportunity not only to improve the efficiency of software development workflows but to do so while simultaneously elevating organization compliance and security standards.”
Securing End-to-End Software Supply Chain
GitLab automates software delivery and secures enterprises’ software supply chain, empowering them to prioritize security and speed. Enterprises using GitLab can provision, scale, and secure their software supply chains end to end, achieve full observability of their threat landscape, and implement policies to ensure adherence to compliance requirements, allowing them to speedily deliver secure software. New and improved security capabilities encompass compliance dashboards, expanded compliance reports and controls, centralized policy management, and default SLSA Level 3 attestations.
“Developers are under tremendous pressure to ship software faster than ever before to keep up with the speed of the market, and too often that leaves security as an afterthought,” says Mark Portofe, Director of Platform Engineering at CARFAX. “GitLab’s DevSecOps platform proves that security and efficiency are not mutually exclusive by integrating security seamlessly throughout development workflows and enabling us to ship software faster. With the implementation of GitLab, we’ve seen a 33% decrease in vulnerabilities in less than a year, as well as a 20% year-over-year increase in deployments.”
Supporting Complex Regulatory and Compliance Requirements
GitLab Dedicated, scheduled to be made generally available this summer, is a single-tenant software as a service (SaaS) solution, which offers enterprises in highly regulated industries or in industries with strict compliance requirements the benefits of an enterprise-grade DevSecOps platform with emphasis on data residency, isolation, and private networking.
Customizing Value Stream Management
Value Stream Management enables customers to visualize end-to-end DevSecOps workflows, manage software development processes, and gain insight into how technology investments and digital transformation are delivering value and driving business results. Through GitLab’s Value Stream Analytics, enterprises can visualize and manage the DevSecOps workstream from ideation to delivery. Furthermore, the Value Stream Dashboard offers an organization-wide view of DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) metrics, cycle times, deployment frequency, and critical vulnerabilities.
The release of GitLab 16 and its upcoming updates are an answer to the industry’s growing demand for DevSecOps workflows with AI integrations and faster shipments of secure software, as highlighted in GitLab’s 7th annual Global DevSecOps Report, titled Security Without Sacrifices. According to the survey, 65% of developers are currently using or planning to implement AI/ML in testing efforts over the next three years. The report also noted that security, automation, and efficiency were the most sought-after benefits of a DevSecOps platform. GitLab 16’s new features empower organizations to leverage AI-powered workflows to strike the right balance between speed and security in software delivery.
“GitLab 16 delivers the most comprehensive enterprise DevSecOps platform in the market with more AI-powered capabilities available to customers today than any other DevOps or DevSecOps platform,” says David DeSanto, Chief Product Officer at GitLab. “This major milestone defines the next evolution of the AI-powered enterprise DevSecOps Platform, improving efficiency not just for developers but everyone in the organization who contributes to delivering software. From providing stronger security and more reliable and scalable governance, to enabling companies with a more complete view of their technology value streams, GitLab helps customers accelerate their digital transformation initiatives through every step of the software development lifecycle. This is why more than 50% of the Fortune 100 trust GitLab.”