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August 25, 2020

CloudForge Support Ending: Need SVN Repository Options?

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Support for CloudForge ends soon. Find out what you can do to get continued support for SVN (Subversion) hosting now.

CloudForge Support Ending October 1, 2020

Bad news for CloudForge users: CollabNet VersionOne has joined forces with several other companies, and together rebranded as Digital.ai, is sunsetting CloudForge.

CloudForge repositories and features will be officially removed on October 1, 2020.

Digital.ai. is pointing its CloudForge base to TeamForge and TeamForge SCM. While these appeal to some teams, others question how long support will last for these services as the newly formed company forms its roadmap for success.

For those considering TeamForge, you have other options for hosting your SVN repositories. Helix TeamHub by Perforce can host them for free for up to 5 users and 1 GB of data. Paid options exist for customers looking for more users, more storage, or an on-premises option. 

For those who have started to outgrow SVN altogether, this is an opportunity to research version control alternatives, such as Helix Core by Perforce.

Competitive Comparison: Perforce vs. SVN

Keep reading to learn more about CloudForge, SVN, and your options going forward. 

CloudForge: A Brief History

CloudForge is a SaaS offering for application development tools and services which includes SVN hosting. It was founded as CVSDude by Mark Bathie in 2002.

When Bathie’s team relocated from Australia to Silicon Valley in 2010, CVSDude was renamed Codesion.com. It was then acquired by CollabNet VersionOne in October 2010.

CollabNet VersionOne has recently merged with XebiaLabs, and Arxan to form a new company – Digital.ai. Digital.ai will sunset CloudeForge on October 1, 2020. The company is urging CloudForge users to investigate whether TeamForge and TeamForge SCM are suitable replacements.

Is SVN Dead?

Subversion isn't dead. But Digital.ai’s (formerly CollabNet VersionOne) support for CloudForge is. 

There are many teams who still have subversion repositories. So, SVN is very much alive.

Who Uses SVN Today?

Many developers still use SVN today. Licensed under Apache, this centralized version control system maintains current and historical versions of projects.

Given the limitations of SVN, users are generally those who:

  • Have little need to scale, especially globally.
  • Don’t have a need to store Git natively.
  • Have licensed a third-party product for code review.
  • Do not require strong branching capabilities.

Why Teams Still Use Subversion

SVN used to be a commonly used system, but its popularity is waning. Still, there are millions of lines of code stored in it. It remains actively maintained by a small open source community.

There are 2 big reasons why SVN is still used today: cost and inertia.

  • Cost: as open source, SVN is “free.” Learn more about the real cost of SVN.
  • Inertia:  Subversion has been around since 2000, so the people who used it have millions of lines of code in it. With a code base that large, it can be hard to switch VCSs (version control systems).

What Should Users of CloudForge Do Now?

Subversion assets in CloudForge will disappear on October 1, 2020.

If you want to create and use SVN repositories, you need a new solution. 

Host SVN Repositories in Helix TeamHub

There are other hosting providers who can handle SVN repositories. This includes Perforce — Helix TeamHub can host SVN. From a technical perspective, it’s easy to migrate repos to another hosting provider, like Helix TeamHub.

But Helix TeamHub is more than just hosting.  With Helix TeamHub, you can control access at both the project and individual repository level, you can manage project milestones, you can tie issues to these milestones and even view issue progress in a similar view as a standard Kanban board. And there’s more — including webhooks that can be defined and managed at the company, project, and even down to the individual repository level. This gives you total control over your preferred team development process.

You try out Helix TeamHub with SVN in the cloud for free for up to 5 users.

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SVN vs. Perforce: Should You Switch?

Of course, if you’ve been struggling with how to scale SVN, you could consider moving away from SVN altogether. But to what?

SVN to Perforce Helix Core?

If your team is trying to solve enterprise problems at scale — and are not wedded to SVN — there is another alternative. That is Helix Core by Perforce.

Helix Core is version control that lets you regain the productivity lost by trying to make Subversion scale, especially in a global topology.

There are many advantages to Helix Core:

  • It’s easy to commit changes, even across multiple repositories.
  • There’s an automatic resolution of merge conflicts.
  • Perforce Streams provides easy, efficient branching.  
  • File-level access control and auditing facilities.
  • It comes with an enterprise-capable, user-friendly code review and collaboration solution called Helix Swarm.

Competitive Comparison: Perforce vs. SVN

In addition to a command line client, Helix Core has a visual client that runs on Linux, Mac, and Windows. It also offers a Windows file explorer plugin similar to TortoiseSVN called P4EXP, making it even easier for SVN users to make the transition to Helix Core.

Competitive Comparison: P4EXP vs. TortoiseSVN

See for yourself the benefits of Helix Core. You can try it free for up to 5 users.

TRY HELIX CORE