Perforce Introduces Coordinated Distributed Development Capabilities with New Release of Its Software Version Management System

Perforce Introduces Coordinated Distributed Development Capabilities with New Release of Its Software Version Management System

Perforce offers the flexibility of distributed versioning without sacrificing project transparency or collaboration

Alameda, Calif., April 24, 2012—Perforce Software today announced several key advances to its software version management system. This release of Perforce includes new capabilities for advanced distributed version control that keep developers productive even when they are disconnected from Perforce's shared versioning service. In addition, new replication technology improves system performance and scalability for remote teams.

Jim Duggan, Research Vice President of Application Strategy at Gartner, said, "Combinations of distributed versioning with classic file-based versioning schemes allow new and better accommodations of the needs of the developer for flexibility and the larger needs of the organization for control, traceability, accountability and security."

P4Sandbox Delivers Independence, Flexibility and Performance

With Perforce Sandbox (P4Sandbox), developers can work on private copies of their projects while staying informed of project status on the shared versioning service. They can quickly create private local branches, including task or feature branches, and can also access the system's built-in workflow, Perforce Streams. P4Sandbox manages communication with the shared versioning service and can merge changes in either direction when users require. Another benefit is the improved system performance that comes from offloading work from the shared service.

Olga Zaigralina, Principal Software Engineer with EMC, said, "We evaluated Perforce against two distributed open source systems. And P4Sandbox with its local versioning and branching capabilities supported our decision to choose Perforce. P4Sandbox looks like a big win for developers who want more flexibility while working with a shared software version management system."

In related news, Perforce also announced today that it has extended the options for free access to its software version management product (see "Perforce Offers Software Version Management System Free for up to 20 Users with New 20/20 Program").

How P4Sandbox Works

P4Sandbox uses a local repository to create a remote branch from the shared Perforce versioning service. Users can work with their local repository and access all of Perforce's versioning features, even if the connection to the shared service is slow or non-existent. Developers only need to be connected to the shared versioning service when they are exchanging data.

Randy DeFauw, Technical Marketing Manager at Perforce, said, "We've learned that developers want the option to work offline or use a more flexible workflow, but the enterprise still demands the security and reliability of a shared service. P4Sandbox gives developers the freedom to experiment while the entire codebase remains securely managed in the shared versioning service."

Advanced Replication Technology Improves Distributed Development

Perforce's new replication technology improves overall system performance by delivering data faster, especially to remote sites. New SSL support ensures secure data transfers between sites. By offloading continuous integration builds from the shared versioning service, replication also helps agile development scale without limits.

Availability & Pricing

The 2012.1 Perforce Server and compatible clients are now available and can be downloaded for evaluation at no cost. With the Perforce 20/20 Program, the product is free for up to 20 users, 20 workspaces and unlimited files—or for an unlimited number of users and up to 1,000 files.

Perforce pricing is all-inclusive; there are no add-on components that require licensing. End-user licenses for the complete solution, including one year of support and maintenance, are provided at $900 per seat; volume discounts are available. For additional price and license information, visit

About Perforce Software

Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively and securely. Its highly scalable source code management (SCM) and collaboration platform, Perforce Helix, enables global teams to collaborate on any type or size of file. It supports both centralized and distributed (DVCS) workflows while safeguarding intellectual property with advanced behavioral analytics. Perforce is trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including adidas, Samsung, NVIDIA, Intuit, Pixar, Salesforce, EA, Ubisoft, and VMware. The company is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with offices in California, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit

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