WANdisco Shakes Up Software Change Management With Overhaul of Subversion

Maverick Approach to Next Generation Open Source Version Control Project to Feature Improved 'Branching' and 'Merging' Controls


San Ramon, CA December 20, 2010 — WANdisco, the makers of Enterprise Subversion, has today announced a major new initiative to overhaul the Subversion open source Software Change Management (SCM) project. With more active developers from the Subversion project on staff than any other company, WANdisco will use its vantage point to lead efforts to improve Subversion with major new features and enhancements that the user community have been asking for.

Having already invested heavily in resources to develop Subversion in recent years, WANdisco has now committed to ramping up its commitment even further. The new release of Subversion will address shortcomings in 'branching' and 'merging' - two fundamental code management challenges that software developers face everyday when working in distributed or fragmented teams that rely on a change management system.

WANdisco states that this work will commence immediately following the Subversion 1.7 release (where WANdisco's Subversion development team are the major contributors) and is slated for completion in 2011.

Developers using the new SCM system that results from this work will be able to depend on Subversion to track, manage and inform them of changes made to a code base that sits in a central repository. With issues such as employees leaving a project or even existing engineers poorly annotating their work, the radical new Subversion will manage every aspect of the software application development lifecycle as it grows at the command line.

WANdisco made the decision to commit its senior Subversion development resources following a summit held at WANdisco's headquarters in Silicon Valley, California. The meeting was chaired by Hyrum Wright, WANdisco's Director of open source and release manager for Apache Subversion. The meeting was attended by representatives from the world's largest Subversion implementations such as Juniper Networks and others.

"Enough is enough," said David Richards, President and CEO of WANdisco. "Subversion gets a lot of criticism due to the shortcomings of branching and merging, especially when compared with GIT and others, and we simply don't have the time to debate whether or not this should be done when it clearly should be. We have always said if you invest in an enterprise Subversion support agreement from WANdisco then you are investing, at its core, in the Subversion open source project."

You can read more about David Richards thoughts on this topic on his blog at http://blogs.wandisco.com/author/david/

Highlights of the proposed improvements include:

  • Enhanced Subversion merge performance, with features such as allowing users to take all of the changes committed on one branch and replay them on another
  • Subversion rename tracking to eliminate tree conflicts during merges when file names change
  • Improve correctness of 'SVN blame - g' to make it possible to follow complete merge history and trace authors of merged code
  • Improve 'SVN import' to better manage branches.
  • Make Authz architecture more granular similar to Unix filesystem permissions.
  • Repository-dictated configuration.

The full outline requirements can be found at http://www.wandisco.com/svndisco

A recent Forrester study positioned Subversion as the market leading source code management (SCM) solution with over a third of the overall market. This followed a 2007 study also by Forrester Research where Subversion was recognized as the sole leader in the Standalone Software Configuration Management space.

Invest in WANdisco's Subversion Support Services and Support Subversion Open Source.

Profits from WANdisco's Subversion support contracts are being used to hire additional Subversion committers and support the activities of the Subversion community. WANdisco's goal is to ensure that Subversion continues to provide the features that its users want and need and that the Subversion community has the resources to support these efforts.

WANdisco's Subversion support services are backed by a dedicated team of core Subversion development, QA and support professionals based at the company's offices in the US and the UK. As a result, all of WANdisco's Subversion support customers have access to secure, high quality live support and immediate fixes on a 24-by-7 basis regardless of where they're located. This is critical when problems arise and it's the reason so many organizations that want the same level of support available with commercial enterprise software switch to WANdisco. The team is led by Hyrum Wright. Hyrum has also been the release manager for the Subversion project since early 2008.

Register Now for Subversion Live and Meet the Developers of Subversion

Register now and take advantage of early bird pricing for Subversion Live, a series of one day conferences to be held at four locations in the US and Europe during February, 2011.

During these one day sessions for developers, administrators and IT managers, you'll find out what's coming next from the core Subversion developers building it. You will also spend time with experts who will show you how to get the most out of Subversion, whether you're just planning your first migration, or you've been using Subversion for years.

Further information is available at: http://wandisco.com/events/subversionlive2011

WANdisco Offers Free Online Subversion Training

WANdisco is currently offering a series of free online one-hour Subversion training classes with two sessions scheduled between now and the end of the year. Registration for these classes is available at http://wandisco.com/webinar/subversion/training. WANdisco recommends early registration as space is limited.

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About Subversion

Apache Subversion (SVN) is a version control system initiated in 2000. It is used to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly-compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). In a 2007 report by Forrester Research, Subversion was recognized as the sole leader in the Standalone Software Configuration Management (SCM) category and a strong performer in the Software Configuration and Change Management (SCCM) category. Subversion is released under the Apache License, making it free software.

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About WANdisco

WANdisco (LSE: WAND) is a provider of enterprise-ready, non-stop software solutions that enable globally distributed organizations to meet today’s data challenges of secure storage, scalability and availability. WANdisco’s products are differentiated by the company’s patented, active-active data replication technology, serving crucial high availability (HA) requirements, including Hadoop Big Data and Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), including Apache Subversion and Git. Fortune Global 1000 companies, including Juniper Networks, Motorola, and Halliburton, rely on WANdisco for performance, reliability, security and availability. For additional information, please visit www.wandisco.com.


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