As renowned innovators of personal computer software for more than 30 years, Phoenix Technologies' 250 developers in Asia relied on regular checkouts exceeding 1GB from their US Subversion server. Because of time zone differences, network outages often meant that developers in Asia would lose up to a whole day if their work depended on the latest source code changes from the US. Deadlines were missed and new product launches were delayed. Phoenix needed a more reliable solution to stay competitive.
Phoenix Technologies' Challenge
The work done by developers in Asia was dependent on access to the latest changes from developers based in North America if Phoenix was going to be able to meet global demand for their widely used embedded software products such as BIOS and take advantage of the economies of scale globally distributed development can offer.
Poor network performance and downtime meant higher development costs due to lost productivity, missed deadlines and lost revenue.
Phoenix deployed Subversion MultiSite at their development centers in Taipei, Taiwan, and Milpitas California. The Subversion server in Taipei was accessed by 250 developers based at that location, as well as sites in Seoul and Tokyo. The Subversion server in Milpitas, California was accessed by development teams in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Both of these Subversion servers are fully readable and writeable and continuously in sync. The downtime and performance problems Phoenix suffered in the past have been eliminated.
Over 300 developers based in six different locations across East Asia and North America now have access to the latest changes from everywhere immediately and simultaneously as if they were all working together at one location. There's no retraining required because Subversion MultiSite is completely transparent and Subversion's behavior doesn't change. Backup and disaster recovery are automatic and the entire implementation can be monitored and administered from a single location.
Checkouts and commits now happen at local area network speed. Developers at every location have access to the same source code simultaneously at local area network speed.
Continuous builds have been enabled at every location, reducing overall build cycle times by more than 60%.
Productivity is up by over 30% with Subversion MultiSite. Corresponding reductions in development cycle time and cost have also been achieved. Previously, over two hours of development time had been lost each day due to poor network performance and outages.
About Phoenix Technologies
Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the leader in core systems software products, services and embedded technologies, pioneers open standards and delivers innovative solutions that enable the PC industry's top system builders and specifiers to differentiate their systems, reduce time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company's flagship products - Phoenix SecureCore Tiano™ and Embedded BIOS® - are revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering unprecedented performance, security, reliability, continuity, and ease-of-use. The Company established industry leadership and created the PC clone industry with its original BIOS product in 1983. Phoenix has over 200 technology patents issued and pending, and has shipped firmware in over one billion systems. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.com.
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