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WANdisco’s December Roundup

2012 has been an amazing year for WANdisco, but we still had a few more announcements for you this month, including news that we are extending our suite of service and support offerings to include the Git distributed version control system.

“Expanding our support offering to include Git is an obvious step to enable you to deploy and support the trending as well as the leading SCM tools,” said James Creasy, WANdisco’s Senior Director of Product Management in his ‘Supporting Git to Support You’ blog.

Our Git support includes:

  • Guaranteed response times
  • Availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Contact via email or toll-free telephone

Git support is available immediately, please contact sales@wandisco.com for more information.

This news comes hot on the heels of our Big Data and Apache Hadoop announcements last month. WANdisco CEO, David Richards, and core creators of Apache Hadoop Dr. Konstantin Shvachko and Jagane Sundar recently conducted a webinar that covered how WANdisco sees the future of big data, following our acquisition of AltoStor.

This 30 minute webinar discussed:

  • The cross-industry growth of Hadoop in the enterprise.
  • How Hadoop’s limitations, including HDFS’s single-point of failure, are impacting the productivity of the enterprise.
  • How WANdisco’s replication technology will alleviate these issues by adding high-availability, data replication and data security to Hadoop.

If you missed out on the webinar, you can still find out all about WANdisco, Hadoop and Big Data by checking out the webinar slides on SlideShare.

The Subversion community also found the time for one more release before the holiday season. Subversion 1.7.8 features plenty of fixes and enhancements, including:

  • Adding missing attributes to “svn log -v –xml” output
  • Fixing a hang that could occur during error processing
  • Fixing incorrect status returned by 1.6 API
  • Adding Vary: header to GET responses to improve cacheability
  • Subversion 1.7.8 ignores file externals with mergeinfo when merging

A full list of everything that’s new in Subversion 1.7.8 is available at the Changes file. Free binaries of Subversion 1.7.8 are available to download through the WANdisco website. Users of SmartSVN, the popular cross-platform client for Subversion can also grab an update: SmartSVN 7.5.3 features plenty of improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Refresh option to ask for master password, if required
  • Support launching on Solaris
  • Fix for an internal error that could occur after removing Tag
  • Special characters (e.g ‘:’) no longer cause problems in URLs

More information on the latest changes, is available at the SmartSVN changelog. If you haven’t tried SmartSVN yet, remember you can claim your 30 day free trial of SmartSVN Professional by visiting www.smartsvn.com/download

There’s been plenty of new content at the blog this month, including the first blog from Hadoop core creator Jagane Sundar, WANdisco’s new Vice President of Engineering of Big Data.

In his ‘Design of the Hadoop HDFS NameNode: Part 1 – Request processing’ post, Jagane demonstrates how a client RPC request to the Hadoop HDFS NameNode flows through the NameNode.

hadoop namenode

When you think of “the cloud”, what comes to mind? In his first WANdisco blog, Director of Product Management James Creasy takes a fresh look at one of IT’s biggest buzzwords. He argues that most of the applications used by enterprises were not originally architected for cloud infrastructures, and looks at how this problem could be overcome by “putting the cloud into a virtual eyedropper.” In his second blog, ‘Planned Downtime Is Still Downtime’ James argues that planned outages of critical applications aren’t inevitable:

Through the 20th century and into the 21st we’ve gritted our teeth against this inescapable cost. We’ve built massive failover servers, concocted elaborate master/slave replication schemes, and built businesses around High Availability and Disaster Recovery scenarios (HADR). We thought we were doing the best we can.

And we were, until recently.”

You can read the ‘Planned Downtime is Still Downtime’ post in full at the WANdisco blog.

We also had some new team photos taken by our friend and neighbour at our Electric Works offices, Matt Lollar. We even managed to get some shots outside in the Sheffield sunshine.

wandisco team

Finally, to celebrate the holiday season, we had a little ‘Decorate Your Desk’ competition in the Sheffield office. We even had a roaring log fire!

christmas fire

We have plenty of exciting announcements planned for 2013, but for now we’d just like to thank everyone who has used our products, joined us for a webinar, eTraining or enterprise training session, picked us for your support needs, or provided the crucial feedback we need to make our products and services even better. And, of course, we’d like to wish you a very happy holidays from the WANdisco Team.

 

 

WANdisco Sponsors Leading Entrepreneur Festival ‘MADE’

We’re really excited to announce that not only will WANdisco’s CEO and co-founder, David Richards be speaking at this year’s MADE Festival in Sheffield UK, but we’ll also be sponsoring the festival.

MADE is described as “the Davos for entrepreneurs,” and its unique combination of networking opportunities, panel discussions, exhibitions, fringe events and quick-fire speaker slots is expected to attract 3,000 guests. The festival will feature 35 high-profile speakers, including David Richards and other leading business figures, such as Peter Jones, Doug Richard, Wayne Hemingway and Lord Bilimoria.

Speaking about the festival, Dragons Den star and MADE speaker Peter Jones said: “If you’re not at MADE, you’re never going to be MADE. You need to be there.”

“WANdisco is a fantastic company and a true Sheffield success story,” said Michael Hayman, chairman of MADE. “With global operations in Silicon Valley and a recent AIM flotation under its belt, this is a business that is a British world-beater. We are delighted that WANdisco is lending its support to this year’s MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival.”

We’re also really excited to see our ad in the official MADE programme, and in the local Sheffield newspaper, the Yorkshire Post. The backdrop for the ad is a local landmark: the Winter Gardens, which is actually just around the corner from the WANdisco Sheffield office!

Tickets for MADE are on sale now, or visit the MADE website for more information on the festival.

Congratulations, The Chimney House!

At WANdisco we’re busy putting the final touches to an update for uberSVN’s Chimney House release, so it only seems fitting to congratulate our friends at The Chimney House venue, who have just been named one of the ‘most creatively designed boardrooms’ in the world!

Google may name their Android releases after desserts, and Apple name their releases after big cats, but as uberSVN is developed entirely in Sheffield, UK, we thought it was only fitting to name our releases after all our favourite Sheffield pubs and venues. The latest release of our award winning platform is named after The Chimney House venue in Kelham Island, Sheffield. After celebrating the release of uberSVN Chimney House at the venue, we’re excited (but not surprised!) by the news that The Chimney House came in at number two in eVenues’ list of ‘The World’s Most Creatively Designed Boardrooms.’

“While most of the creative boardroom designs sport a sleek futuristic look, it was refreshing to find the Sheffield meeting room at a UK venue called The Chimney House,” said eVenues, about their decision. “The red-brick walls, hardwood floors and salvaged furniture and decor give the place a welcoming, “lived-in” feeling which is sure to make anyone feel at home the moment they walk in.”

Coming in at number two, The Chimney House beats venues in Baltimore, Cape Town, Berlin and Sweden.

“We took the step of naming releases of uberSVN after local venues to show our support for the local area, so I’m really pleased to see a Sheffield venue being listed in a worldwide poll,” said David Richards, CEO and co-founder, WANdisco. “Congratulations to all our friends at The Chimney House!”

uberSVN’s Chimney House update is already available through the recently-launched Latest Release Channel. Visit the press release to find out more.

WANdisco Celebrates uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ Release

As the uberSVN community will already know, uberSVN came out of beta last week with the 12.04 release. This award winning ALM platform for Apache Subversion is developed entirely in Sheffield (and has the Made in Sheffield mark to prove it!) To show our support for the local area, all of our uberSVN releases are named after local Sheffield venues. uberSVN 11.12 was codenamed ‘Blake’ and the just-released uberSVN 12.04 is the Chimney House release, after The Chimney House venue in Kelham Island, Sheffield.

After hearing we were naming our award-winning software after their venue, our friends at The Chimney House were kind enough to put on a private party for the WANdisco team. We all had a great time, and presented our friends at The Chimney House with a very special, uberSVN plaque to mark the occasion.

As this release marks uberSVN moving out of beta testing, we decided to really push the boat out, and ordered our very own uberSVN cupcakes from Sheffield-based cake company, Fancie. We think you’ll agree, Fancie did an amazing job!

We even posted a few boxes of uberSVN cupcakes from Crumbs and Doilies to some lucky recipients – we hope you all enjoyed your cake!

uberSVN 12.04 can be downloaded now. More information is available at the Release Notes.

uberSVN is Out of Beta!

We’re very excited to announce that with the brand-new uberSVN ‘Chimney House’ release, our free, open ALM platform for Apache Subversion is now officially out of beta! Even better, this milestone comes just as uberSVN is turning one year old. This has been a fantastic twelve months for uberSVN, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate uberSVN’s first birthday, than bringing our award winning product out of beta.

Not only does uberSVN move out of beta with the 12.04 release, but there’s plenty of new features and enhanced functionality to boot, including:

  • New plugin API architecture and core upgrade that allows WANdisco registered plugins to work with uberSVN. We’re particularly excited about this one, as it lays the foundations for future uberSVN SDK releases.
  • Subversion Access Control’s 4.1 LDAP functionality (apart from some advanced features linked directly to Access Control) has been integrated into uberSVN’s ‘Default LDAP’ tab (accessible through the ‘Administration’ section.) This is the feature uberSVN users have requested the most.
  • A new file upload function has been added to the uberSVN Updates tab. This allows us to hand build updates for installations, push updates to users who aren’t connected to the internet, and deliver specialist packages to specific installations.
  • A new option to subscribe to our Latest Release Channel or wait for us to deliver fixes highlighted by our early adopters in a Stable Release Channel. Set your preference within uberSVN.
  • Plus, the usual list of bug fixes, including updates to the activity feed posts.

Continuing our tradition of codenaming our releases after local venues in Sheffield, UK, we’re pleased to announce that uberSVN 12.04 is codenamed ‘Chimney House’ after The Chimney House venue in Kelham Island, Sheffield. We’re all looking forward to popping to The Chimney House to celebrate the joint release of uberSVN 12.04, uberSVN moving out of beta, and uberSVN’s first birthday.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded, deployed and provided feedback on the beta release. We have even more exciting announcements lined up over the coming months, so if you haven’t given uberSVN a go, now’s the perfect time! It’s free to download and free to use, just visit http://www.ubersvn.com/download to grab your copy.

Rich Smolenski is Product Manager at WANdisco, where he is responsible for developing our product roadmap, and delivering UI features and functional improvements for uberSVN. In his spare time, Rich plays and produces electronic music, and DJs in local bars and clubs.

Software Wouldn’t Be Software Without WANdisco…

…and Snooker Wouldn’t be Snooker Without the Crucible!

WANdisco are massive fans of Sheffield – not only is our award winning uberSVN product made in Sheffield (and has the Mark to prove it!) but we name all of our uberSVN releases after Sheffield venues to show our support for the local area.

This is a particularly exciting month for Sheffield, as the 2012 World Snooker Championships are being held at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield – just a five minute walk from the WANdisco office!

As well as being home to the the most important event in professional snooker, the Crucible is a Grade II listed building that underwent a £15 million refurbishment a few years ago. We’re so excited to see the World Snooker Championship returning to one of Sheffield’s top venues, that we just had to get in on the action (and into the official programme!)

We hope everyone who’s lucky enough to have tickets to the championship has a great time – and don’t forget to pick up your official programme!

Happy Birthday uberSVN!

uberSVN is one year old! It’s been a great first year for uberSVN, the open ALM platform for Apache Subversion. Not only has this unique, SVN-based product been awarded the Made in Sheffield mark and Business IT Innovation of the Year medal, but it’s received a positive response from the community, as well as some fantastic reviews by the IT media. To celebrate uberSVN turning one year old, we’ll be making an exciting announcement later this week – keep checking back for all the latest info! But for now, we’ll take a look back at everything that’s happened over the past twelve months.

Happy first birthday, uberSVN!

April 21st, 2011uberSVN is born! uberSVN is released with the first ever social coding environment for Apache Subversion. Subversion users now have the freedom to build their own complete, ALM solution from the open and closed source components of their choice.

June 1st, 2011Subversion 1.6.17 is released. These binaries are available through uberSVN, as soon as 1.6.17 is released.

July 14th, 2011Professional support for uberSVN is launched, meeting the needs of large development organizations who want to use open source software, but require the security provided by a commercial software support contract.

July 26th, 2011 – The uberAPPS store opens for business! uberSVN users can now enjoy easy one-click deployment with automatic updates, from all of WANdisco’s uberAPPS partners.

July 27th, 2011Jenkins comes to uberSVN through the uberAPPS store. Jenkins is an easy-to-use, continuous integration system to manage and control the application development lifecycle, including build, documentation, testing, and packaging.

August 16th, 2011 – uberSVN is awarded the prestigious ‘Made in Sheffield’ mark. “We take great pride in the fact that WANdisco has been awarded the Mark for uberSVN and that Sheffield is promoting the 21st Century diversity and excellence of companies based here,” says David Richards, WANdisco’s CEO.

August 19th, 2011uberSVN is released for Mac OS X.

October 11th, 2011Subversion 1.7 is released. This is major step forward for the Subversion community, and 1.7 is available through uberSVN on the day of its released.

November 14th, 2011 – uberSVN is awarded a medal for Business IT Innovation of the Year. “Receiving a medal at the BCS & Computing UK IT Industry Award is another great achievement, in what has been a fantastic year for both uberSVN and WANdisco,” says David Richards.

December 5th, 2011 – Another Subversion update arrives! Subversion 1.7.2 is available through uberSVN, on the day of its release.

December 15th, 2011 – uberSVN 11.12 is released, and we announce our codenaming strategy. Apple name their releases after big cats and Google name their releases after desserts, but since uberSVN is developed entirely in Sheffield, UK, we decide to show our support for the local area and name all of our releases after local pubs. uberSVN is codenamed ‘Blake,’ and we have a great night out at the Blake pub in Walkley, UK, to celebrate the release.

January 18th, 2012uTest comes to uberSVN! We announce a new partnership with our crowdsourcing friends, uTest. “We’re excited to join forces with WANdisco and make our service seamlessly available to the thousands of enterprises that rely on uberSVN’s free ALM platform for app development,” says Matt Johnston, CMO of uTest.

January 30th, 2012Professional Jenkins support comes to uberSVN, in cooperation with our friends at CloudBees. “We’re thrilled to be working with WANdisco to support uberSVN users in getting the most out of Jenkins,” says Steven G. Harris, senior vice president of products at CloudBees.

February 9th, 2012 – Two apps are released on the same day! Professional support for TortoiseSVN can be purchased from directly inside your uberSVN installation. We also launch uberSVN Starter Packs, a convenient, lightweight support option for uberSVN users.

February 13th, 2012Subversion 1.7.3 is released, and once again, the latest binaries are immediately available through uberSVN.

March 8th, 2012 – The Subversion community announce version 1.7.4. Once again, the binaries are immediately available through uberSVN.

March 16th, 2012 – Our friends at uTest announce a very exclusive offer especially for the uberSVN community: Bronze uTest Express packages are free for the next 30 days!

This has been a great first year for uberSVN’s community of users, developers, and contributors. Thank you to everyone who got involved! And happy birthday, uberSVN!

WANdisco’s March Roundup

This month, we followed up on the news that all employees are entitled to unlimited paid vacation, with yet another benefit for WANdisco employees: an Outstanding Employee program. Our first ever Outstanding Employee is our Technical Support Engineer, Gary Beardshaw. This has been a particularly hectic month for all of our support engineers, and in this busy time we can’t fail to be impressed by Gary’s 2AM responses to customers when he’s not even scheduled to be at work! Congratulations, Gary!

We’re happy to report that our brand new Green Captain role is going well, but you may remember that when we announced this position, we also pledged to get involved with charities based near our offices in Sheffield, UK. This month, we signed up for our first fundraiser of 2012: the Master Cutler’s Challenge.

As part of this challenge, organizations from across the region put their entrepreneurial skills to the test, using a £50 initial investment from the charity to raise as much funds as possible, over the space of a few months. We’re proud to be a part of the Master Cutler’s Challenge, and are hoping to raise plenty of money for its chosen charity of 2012: Cavendish Cancer Care. We also had a great time at the challenge launch party, which took place at Sheffield’s Cutler’s Hall, and were lucky enough to hear a very inspirational speech from Sheffield sporting legend Farrell Anthony.

Good luck to everyone else who is taking part in this year’s Master Cutler’s Challenge, and keep checking this blog for updates on our progress!

Just like last month our development team have had a busy few weeks updating our certified Apache Subversion binaries: Subversion 1.7.4 can be downloaded for free from the WANdisco website and through the uberSVN platform.

This was also an exciting month for the uberAPPS store, as we announced a very exclusive special offer, especially for uberAPPS’ growing community of users. For a 30 day period, uTest’s Express Bronze package will be available to all uberAPPS users – absolutely free! uberSVN users can purchase their free uTest Bronze Express package now, by vising the uberAPPS store from inside their installation.

As if that wasn’t enough uberAPPS-related goodness, we also added one-click purchase of consultancy and individual audits to uberAPPS this month, with brand-new Subversion Health Check and Time-Based Consultancy apps. We know that rolling out, implementing and supporting Subversion can be challenging, so these additions to the app store are here to give you a helping hand. Subversion Health Check provides a comprehensive pre-implementation or post-implementation audit of your Subversion environment, while Time-Based Consultancy implements and delivers tasks that help you get the most out of your Subversion installation. We’ve had some great feedback from these apps so far, so we’d definitely recommend visiting uberAPPS from inside your uberSVN installation, to find out more.

WANdisco’s January Roundup

At WANdisco HQ we’re staring 2012 as we mean to go on: with a string of announcements and releases! Firstly, we are excited to announce two great new additions to uberSVN and uberAPPS: professional support for the Jenkins continuous integration server, and crowdsourcing functionality from the world’s largest marketplace for software testing services: uTest.

Just before the holiday season, the Apache Incubator gained a new addition, with Bloodhound being voted into the incubator. WANdisco are sponsoring some of the initial Bloodhound committers, so we’re excited to see Bloodhound taking its first steps to becoming a fully-fledged Apache project. Want to get involved? Head over to the Apache Bloodhound incubator page now, for more info.

Also this month, team WANdisco had a great night at the Sheffield Business Awards, where we were shortlisted for the Digital Industries Award. As a Sheffield-based company, it was an honour for our Made In Sheffield product, uberSVN, to be shortlisted for another prestigious award from our own city. We’d like to thank the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a fantastic awards show, and for award sponsors Highlander for shortlisting WANdisco.

Some of the core developers of Apache Subversion also paid a visit to WANdisco’s Sheffield office this month. To celebrate, we hosted a one off, free ‘Apache in the Pub’ event for the local software developer community. The event featured talks by Subversion’s release manager Hyrum Wright, and Greg Stein, director and former chairman of the Apache Software Foundation, where they covered everything from Apache Bloodhound, to Python, and even Greg Stein’s experiences at Google. Thank you to the Apache Software Foundation and our local GIST Foundation, for helping us out with this great event.

Finally, to celebrate the success of uberSVN ‘Blake,’ we decided a return trip to the Blake pub in Walkley, Sheffield, was in order. We presented the Blake’s staff with a special uberSVN plaque, so they never forget they have award-winning software named after their pub.

WANdisco Celebrate Success of uberSVN ‘Blake’

uberSVN fans may remember that we announced our codenaming strategy for uberSVN last month. For those not already in the know: Apple name their releases after big cats (Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Lion) and Google name their releases after desserts (Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich) but since uberSVN is developed entirely in Sheffield, UK, we decided to show our support for the local area, and name our releases after all our favourite Sheffield pubs.

The current release of uberSVN is codenamed Blake, after the Blake pub in Walkley, Sheffield, and to commemorate the release, we had a great night out at the Blake just before the holiday season. But, after the success of uberSVN Blake (we’ve now had over 50,000 downloads!) we felt we had to do something extra special, so we nipped back to the Blake and presented the owners with a very special, uberSVN plaque, as a “thank you” for letting us use their name.

Check out this photo of Kevin Walke, head of support at WANdisco, presenting the Blake staff with their uberSVN plaque (just before it took pride of place behind the bar!)

We’re looking forward to the next release!