Red Hat Expands Contribution to the Backstage Project with New Plug-ins

New integrations with Azure Container Registry, JFrog Artifactory and more make it easier for organizations to extend existing toolchains and provide greater flexibility to maximize Backstage projects


Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced an expansion of its investment in the Backstage community with the donation of five new plug-ins, enabling organizations to more quickly and easily integrate capabilities from Azure Container Registry, JFrog Artifactory, Kiali, Nexus and 3scale into their DevOps pipelines. The contributions add to the five plug-ins already donated to the project by Red Hat, helping to further extend the project with greater customization options while maintaining a single unified developer experience.


Backstage plug-ins are increasingly becoming a core part of our strategy because we are able to see an immediate boost in developer productivity. With contributions from organizations like Red Hat, we have been able to quickly integrate new capabilities into our development toolchain and maximize our Backstage implementation.

Matias Agüero Escobar

DevOps Manager, Telecom Latam

Named one of the “Ten Open Source Projects to Watch Carefully in 2022” by industry analyst firm IDC1, the Backstage project has seen consistent growth, expanding through the contributions of organizations like Red Hat and becoming the foundation for enterprise-grade offerings like Red Hat Developer Hub. The project provides a framework for building internal developer platforms (IDPs) that help scale DevOps by unlocking new levels of self-service and customization for development teams, while maintaining strong governance and security best practices.

Red Hat’s contributions extend the functionality of Backstage and expand the capabilities available to developers through the platform. Developers can now more easily and quickly add the following technologies to their application environments:

  • Azure Container Registry, a registry service that helps to simplify container image management, enhance security and support efficient deployment of containerized applications on Azure. The Azure Container Registry plug-in displays information about the container images available in Azure Container Registry.
  • JFrog Artifactory, an artifact repository manager that helps enable automated continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) processes. The JFrog Artifactory plug-in displays information about the container images within the JFrog Artifactory registry.
  • Kiali, an observability console for the open source Istio project, simplifies the management of complex microservices architectures by providing a user-friendly interface for configuring, visualizing, validating and troubleshooting a service mesh. The Kiali plug-in exposes information about the entity-specific service mesh objects.
  • Nexus, a repository manager used to store and manage binary components and artifacts used in the development process. The plug-in displays information about build artifacts that are available in the Nexus Repository Manager in a Backstage application.
  • 3scale, an application programming interface (API) infrastructure tool used to create, deploy, manage, monitor and scale APIs, enabling organizations to expose and manage their digital assets and services to internal and external developers, partners, and customers. The 3scale plug-in synchronizes 3scale content into the Backstage catalog.

The new plug-ins are available today, alongside other Backstage plug-ins previously donated by Red Hat, including Tekton, Quay, Keycloak, Open Cluster Manager, and Application Topology for Kubernetes.

Supporting Quotes
Balaji Sivasubramanian, senior director, Developer Tools Product Management, Red Hat
“We believe the future of developer productivity depends on the continued evolution and innovation of projects like Backstage, and we’re focused on making this future a reality through contributions that help simplify, extend and accelerate the development process. Donating these plug-ins to the Backstage community is a reflection of Red Hat’s commitment to helping developers meet the demands of today as they innovate for tomorrow.”

Matias Agüero Escobar, DevOps Manager, Telecom Latam
“Backstage plug-ins are increasingly becoming a core part of our strategy because we are able to see an immediate boost in developer productivity. With contributions from organizations like Red Hat, we have been able to quickly integrate new capabilities into our development toolchain and maximize our Backstage implementation.”

1 Source: IDC Perspective: Ten Open Source Projects to Watch Carefully in 2022, Mar. 2022, Doc # US47926922

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