OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX) provides free access to open source downloads, licenses, and information. In addition to the free edition, OLEX is available in three editions for the enterprise and one edition for app stores. Add-on OLEX features are also available to extend OLEX functionality to include source code scanning and open source license compliance functionality.
OLEX Enterprise Edition provides a comprehensive open source governance solution that helps companies comply with their open source policies.
OLEX Enterprise Edition enables enterprises to control open source software usage by defining and enforcing corporate policies for specific open source licenses and software packages. Once policies have been defined, each open source package in the OLEX library is clearly marked as "pre-approved," "prohibited," or "requires approval" so employees can make informed decisions when selecting open source packages for evaluation or use. Downloads for prohibited packages can be prevented altogether or delayed until after a request for open source use is approved. In addition, when applications or source code are scanned, the results can be compared to corporate policies so that any violations are flagged.
Open source packages that require approval before they can be downloaded or used may be requested through the online approval system, which streamlines the request-approval workflow. OLEX Enterprise Edition enables administrators to customize the request form as well as the approval workflow. Multi-stage review processes can incorporate any combination of reviewers, including technical managers, architecture teams, business managers, legal staff, and open source review boards.
Companies can also implement automatic approvals or denials when requests for open source usage meet particular criteria. Email notifications ensure that all those involved in the process stay abreast of status updates. All requests and approvals are tracked in OLEX and include a complete comment history to provide a comprehensive audit trail of the decision process.
Open source management doesn't end when open source goes into production. OLEX Enterprise Edition includes "where used" reporting that tracks the internal applications where each open source package is deployed. In addition, OpenLogic's OpenUpdate service delivers email notifications of security patches and new versions in order to help keep open source secure and up to date.
Add-on features are available to OLEX Enteprise Edition and Library Edition subscribers who need tools for source code scanning and reporting on open source license obligations. These features are critical for companies that distribute any source code outside of their organization – whether to customers, partners, or outsourcers.
OSS Deep Discovery is a deep source code scanning tool that enables enterprises to find open source software that has been incorporated into software source code. OSS Deep Discovery can find entire open source files as well as code snippets that have been copied, even when the copied code has been modified. OSS Deep Discovery utilizes a variety of advanced techniques to slash the time it takes to scan source code, while also employing smart noise-reduction techniques to deliver only the very best matches.
For companies distributing software that contains open source, it is important to comply with the applicable open source licenses. The License Compliance module helps enterprises identify and report on open source code – and the associated license obligations – included in products or applications. It provides a consolidated list of license obligations based on how the open source code was used, and it highlights any potential license conflicts.
The Open Source License Compliance module integrates with OSS Deep Discovery as well as third party source code scanning tools, giving you the flexibility to employ different or complimentary scanning tools for different types of applications.
OLEX includes many features that are freely accessible to all visitors.
OLEX delivers on-demand access to more than 330,000 open source packages, including hundreds that have passed OpenLogic's rigorous 42-point certification process. Packages that have been certified by OpenLogic are clearly marked in OLEX with badges. The entire library of open source software in OLEX can be searched or browsed by category, making it easy to find the open source solution you need.
OLEX provides plain-English descriptions as well as the full text of open source licenses, which enables legal and compliance personnel to research the licenses associated with open source packages and dependencies.
OLEX aggregates critical open source information including package descriptions, dependencies, licenses, ratings, security advisories, and comparison matrices. The consolidated information provided in the Expert Knowledge Base dramatically reduces the time needed to research and select the appropriate open source solution.