A Binary Repository Manager (BRM), according to Wikipedia, is “a software tool designed to optimize the download and storage of binary files used and produced in software development”, such as .jar, .tar, or .zip archives. Being a critical component of most DevOps toolchains, BRM resides right after the build pipeline. It is why it is sometimes called “build repository”, “artifact repository” or “pipeline state repository”.

A traditional DevOps pipeline expects the source code that is automatically validated, tested, packaged, and versioned into an artifact (a binary file). Then, the artifact must be stored outside of the source code repository and available for later stages of the continuous delivery pipeline. Being a central point for management of binaries and dependencies, and an integrated depot for building promotions of internally developed software, the BRM is supposed to host these artifacts.

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