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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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!
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.