Exploring the Evolution of Registries for OCI Artifacts Storage and Distribution: A Deep Dive into Container Secure Supply Chain Initiatives

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The article discusses the evolution of registries to enable users to store, pull, distribute, and view OCI artifacts, not just container images. The need for this has been driven by Containers initiatives. The article also explores the efficient building of reference relationships by associating container images its supply chain artifacts in the OCI registry.

Revolutionizing Container Supply Chains with ORAS

As the tech world evolves, registries are adapting to allow users to store, pull, distribute, and view OCI artifacts, not just container images. This is largely driven by the Containers Secure Supply Chain initiatives.

What’s New?

These initiatives have necessitated the distribution of supply chain artifacts such as signatures, vulnerability reports, and signed Software Bill of Materials (SBOM), and attestations alongside container images in the registry. This is done without altering the existing content.

Building Efficient Reference Relationships

One question that arises is how to efficiently build the reference relationship by associating the container images with its supply chain artifacts in the OCI registry. Another is the right posture to distribute container images with its supply chain artifacts across registries and file system.

Introducing ORAS

ORAS, a client that is designed to address these issues, is the new kid on the block. It promises to revolutionize how we handle container supply chains.

“Nowadays, more and more registries are evolving to enable users to store, pull, distribute, and view OCI artifacts not only container images.”
“Containers Secure Supply Chain initiatives also drove the need for distributing supply chain artifacts like signatures, vulnerability reports, and signed Software Bill of Materials (SBOM), and attestations alongside container images in the registry, without mutating the existing content.”

Stay tuned for more updates on how ORAS is enriching container supply chains.

  • Registries are evolving to enable users to store, pull, distribute, and view OCI artifacts.
  • Containers Secure Supply Chain initiatives are driving the need for this evolution.
  • There is a need to efficiently build reference relationships by associating container images with supply chain artifacts in the OCI registry.
  • The article explores the right posture to distribute container images with its supply chain artifacts across registries and file systems.
  • ORAS is a client discussed in the article.
  • From the Azure Developer Community Blog



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