Monthly Archive for August, 2011

First Apache Subversion 1.7 Release Candidate

Earlier today, we pushed the first public release candidate for Apache Subversion 1.7.0: RC2.  (RC1 was dead-on-arrival so it was never publicly shipped.)  This release candidate starts the clock on a four-week “soak” period to allow the community further testing.

A release candidate is just what the name implies: a candidate for release.  Barring any serious bugs found during the soak, this version of the software (or something very much like it) will become the final release.  As I’ve said before, those who test and report bugs will find they are fixed much sooner than those who don’t.

As usual, you can get 1.7 prerelease binaries for a number of platforms from WANdisco.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants-WANdisco / uberSVN Achieves the ‘Made in Sheffield’ Mark.

In the 1740s Benjamin Huntsman developed a new technique for producing steel called crucible steel in his workshop in Sheffield, England.  Prior to this, Sheffield produced about 200 tonnes of steel per year.  Move on a hundred years, and, using Huntsman’s technique the amount had risen to over 80,000 tonnes per year – almost half of Europe’s total production.  Sheffield evolved from a small town into one of Europe’s leading industrial cities and England’s 4th largest city.

Sheffield was at the heart of the industrial revolution that started in Great Britain and spread to the rest of the world.

We are truly honored today because we have been given the right to use the “Made in Sheffield” mark in conjunction with our uberSVN product.  Dating back as early as 1297 the Made in Sheffield mark is awarded for high quality products made in the city.

Of course the initial intent of the mark was primarily to recognize the superior quality of the steel products made in the city.  But I’m delighted that the committee recognized that we have a new industrial revolution based on tech.  The first iteration was a ‘faux-revolution‘ – most of the dot-coms really weren’t doing anything sustainable or revolutionary.  But the one’s that survived and prospered really are.  Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer by a country mile, while Google and eBay dominate.  Not so sure about the likes of [spent $188m in 6 months and then went pop], or webvan though.

Machine-based manufacturing in the late 18th century enabled the second, more explosive part of the industrial revolution with the development of steam-powered ships, railways, and later the internal combustion engine and electrical power generation.

A similar pattern is emerging in the tech revolution.  The creation of the world wide web as a pervasive network is revolutionizing almost every aspect of commerce.  This revolution started in Silicon Valley and spread quickly to every corner of the globe.

One of the side effects is that smart companies realize that location alone no longer provides significant competitive advantage.  Code developed in India and China is as good as code developed in Silicon Valley.  We took what some perceived to be a unusual step of moving our software development center to Sheffield a couple of years ago.  I think it’s very strange that so many US companies automatically locate their UK HQ in London or even Bracknell for goodness sake.   The UK in general loves to sterotype and apparently people in Sheffield live like the guys in “The Full Monty”, wear flat caps and breed whippets.  Do people in London spend all of their time rioting and looting shops I wonder?

The move for us paid immediate and tangible dividends.  Our award-winning uberSVN product is “Made in Sheffield”.  It’s terrifically successful with tens-of-thousands of downloads taking the software development tools space by storm.

Being born in Sheffield and coming from a long line of steel people this award probably means more to me than most.  I am very proud to be Made in Sheffield.


About David Richards

David is CEO, President and co-founder of WANdisco and has quickly established WANdisco as one of the world’s most promising technology companies. Since co-founding the company in Silicon Valley in 2005, David has led WANdisco on a course for rapid international expansion, opening offices in the UK, Japan and China. David spearheaded the acquisition of Altostor, which accelerated the development of WANdisco’s first products for the Big Data market. The majority of WANdisco’s core technology is now produced out of the company’s flourishing software development base in David’s hometown of Sheffield, England and in Belfast, Northern Ireland. David has become recognised as a champion of British technology and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he led WANdisco to a hugely successful listing on London Stock Exchange (WAND:LSE), raising over £24m to drive business growth. With over 15 years' executive experience in the software industry, David sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures. A passionate advocate of entrepreneurship, he has established many successful start-up companies in Enterprise Software and is recognised as an industry leader in Enterprise Application Integration and its standards. David is a frequent commentator on a range of business and technology issues, appearing regularly on Bloomberg and CNBC. Profiles of David have appeared in a range of leading publications including the Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. Specialties:IPO's, Startups, Entrepreneurship, CEO, Visionary, Investor, ceo, board member, advisor, venture capital, offshore development, financing, M&A

Can’t live without Subversion – even for a minute?

Can't Live without SVN - even for a minute?

Enterprise Subversion Webinar by WANdisco

The popularity of Apache Subversion (SVN) as a version control system has grown significantly in recent times and is widely recognized as the sole leader in Standalone Software Configuration Management (SCM). With more than five million users, an increasing share of the market and hundreds of major global companies deploying Subversion for their development needs it’s clear that many can’t live without Subversion – even for a minute!

Subversion maintains current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation, making it a highly compatible successor to various traditional SCM solutions. Subversion is open source (and therefore free), which suggests some of the reasons for its popularity but it also performs and scales in some of the most aggressive SCM environments on the planet where some of the traditional SCM products could not.

WANdisco supports the Subversion open source project in a number of tangible ways and one of those is through providing free training webinars. It’s important that users of SVN are maximising their skill set for their own benefit – and that of course strengthens the Subversion community in the process.

The suite of Subversion training courses provided by WANdisco caters for developers and administrators from many different sectors but our latest addition to the free webinar schedule is aimed at major firms that demand the very best from their SVN implementation.

Following the success of our Enterprise Hardened Subversion webinar, ‘Can’t live without Subversion – even for a minute’ will provide excellent content for users who demand that Subversion is always on and always accessible.

A featured case study from one of WANdisco’s valued Subversion customers will help participants learn why companies have become dependent on Subversion for mission critical applications and why they can’t afford to be down, even for a single minute!

The case study will highlight a very typical Subversion deployment: a technology company with around 100 developers started using Subversion as an ad hoc project implementation and it grew to become the company standard.  However, what they thought was a secure automated backup system actually failed and brought the entire system down, resulting in lost productivity of 100 idle developers for an entire day and project delays for an entire week lost before full functionality was restored.  That’s a lot of minutes – and dollars!!!  Could this happen to you?!

WANdisco’s Subversion Clustering provides an excellent solution and the webinar will explain how a three node cluster results in no single point of failure and extremely high availability. We will also tell you how implementation services were used to accelerate adoption with costs easily justified – the outlay being a fraction of the cost of real downtime.

If that wasn’t enough we will take you through a more detailed account of WANdisco’s Subversion Clustering, including replication, intelligent load balancing, flexible deployment options, extension with Multisite and implementation services.

If you can’t live without Subversion then make sure you register for this free webinar – and don’t waste a minute.

Click here to register for this webinar now.