What Is Helix4Git?

Faster Performance for Global Teams. Ironclad Security. Superior Management.

Helix4Git is a new type of depot. It leverages the power and scale of the Helix server, and it lets you store Git data natively. Even better, Helix4Git is easy to implement without changing your existing toolset.

When Helix4Git and Helix Core are combined, it can be scaled without limits and can handle large binary assets — unlike Git LFS. This combination empowers developer teams to use Git at massive scale.

 

How Does Helix4Git Work?

Helix4Git looks like a standard Git server to developers. And it lets you mirror, cache, or replicate Git repositories on a global scale.

Because Helix4Git leverages the high performance of Perforce’s advanced replication technology, it can intelligently sync your Git repos. This guarantees everyone on the team is always working with the latest version. Geographically dispersed teams can clone repos and push changes as fast as their on-site counterparts.

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Three Plug-and-Play Options With Helix4Git

Helix4Git stores and organizes native Git single-repo projects in a high-performance depot in the Helix server. This supports thousands of repositories, millions of files, and hundreds of replicas.

Build performance improves dramatically because you only fetch the code you need – not the full history of Git data. Prepare for 80 percent faster builds that take up 18 percent less storage. Plus, Helix4Git integrates with the build tools you’re already using.

Option 1: Mirror Existing Git Hosting Services

Mirror Existing Git Hosts and Enterprise Servers

Preserve your Git investment and streamline your build process by mirroring your existing repos into Helix4Git. You gain control over your code, have the ability to scale your existing Git solution, and can manage all your projects in one depot.

Option 2: Migrate users and assets to Helix4Git

Migrate Users and Assets Into Helix4Git

Migrate users and assets from your existing Git server(s) and give your global teams faster file-sharing capabilities and higher-quality builds. Now you can share code across your enterprise. Developers can still use the same Git workflow, but with faster operations (clone, pull, and fetch).

You can merge your Git Cloud and Enterprise Git Servers into one place for a single source of truth. Global teams can merge, build, and code all at once using Edge servers. Get ready to check files in and out without the WAN-wait.

Option 3: Integrate Helix Core and Helix4Git

Integrate Helix Core and Helix4Git

Bring Git users and their assets into your existing Helix Core infrastructure and build pipeline. You can give developers whatever solution they prefer. Perforce fans can continue using Helix Core with its file-locking and exclusive-checkout benefits. And, Git loyalists can enjoy faster operations (clone, pull, and fetch) at remote sites. Win-win.

Helix Core’s high-performance server merges with Helix4Git to support all of your development needs. Now you can manage of all your code – including large graphics and binaries – better than Git LFS. Plus you have access to all your build artifacts.

40-80% Faster Builds

Performance You Won't Get With Git LFS

As your projects grow, Helix4Git lets you scale easily with faster builds – even if you have globally distributed teams.

Retrieve all content for your build environment faster than any other solution: 40-80 percent faster.

Finally, a way to close the feedback loop to developers quicker. This design keeps your remote developers productive and your IP safe.

Achieve 40-80% faster builds with Helix4Git

Git LFS Isn’t Manageable at Scale

Git LFS is a decent solution for large file storage. But one thing we hear consistently – it’s not manageable. There are still business needs that make the Git tool stack fall over.

Installing Git LFS on every server or repo is time-consuming. And even after it’s installed, there’s no visibility and little control. The “solution” breaks down if some developers don’t have the LFS extension, and there are added steps that must be maintained with build runners.

Perforce is known for Helix Core’s ability to handle large files. It’s a native capability – not an add-on – and it’s bulletproof.

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Integrated for Streamlined Releases

Get streamlined CI/CD with out-of-the-box integration with your favorite build runner (such as Jenkins). You can use the Git integration, Perforce integration, or both to bring your code and non-code assets into the pipeline. This brings unparalleled, flexible high-performance capabilities to your automation workflows.

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CI at Enterprise Scale: No More Waiting

Most Git servers (including Git LFS) can’t keep up with CI workflows on an Enterprise scale. If developers are waiting for builds, it negatively impacts your team productivity. Use Helix4Git to deliver builds as much as 140 percent faster. In addition, you'll be editing fewer scripts, and you won't have to stitch together multiple repos for builds.

Set Your Team Free From Git LFS

Set your team free from the scaling challenges of Git LFS. Get instant access to the fastest, most scalable set of tools for native Git development.

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