NodeSource Tools Improve Node.js Access

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    While there’s no denying the increasing popularity of Node.js in the enterprise, there are still concerns about how best to secure and manage the applications built using the JavaScript framework. From an IT operations perspective, many of those Node.js applications are essentially a black box into which they have little to no visibility.

    NodeSource this week updated its N|Solid run-time platform for deploying Node.js applications with tools that allow IT organizations to monitor and analyze their performance and implement security policies that limit who can access Node.js modules based on their role in the organization.

    Ever since IT organizations discovered they could run JavaScript on both the client and the server, interest in all things relating to JavaScript has skyrocketed. Those same IT organizations have discovered that the tooling surrounding Node.js applications, the most popular JavaScript framework, leaves much to be desired.

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    Chip Ray, vice president of products for NodeSource, says addressing these issues should spur additional adoption of Node.js across the enterprise. Each artifact of a Node.js application can now be easily inspected to determine the amount of compute power that should be allocated. In addition, Ray says, IT organizations can now continuously analyze those artifacts to identify new and existing security vulnerabilities.

    The degree to which these capabilities spur additional adoption of Node.js will vary by organization. Many IT operations teams don’t exercise much control over what language developers ultimately decide to use. But at the very least, security and performance monitoring tools should make it a whole lot easier for IT operations teams to live with Node.js applications.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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