Perforce Advances Software Configuration Management System
January 21, 2010

Perforce Advances Software Configuration Management System

Alameda, Calif. - Perforce Software has released Version 2009.2 of its Software Configuration Management (SCM) system. This new release offers a variety of major productivity improvements with the addition of shelving, real-time metadata replication, and additional functionality for working offline.
With the new shelving feature, developers can cache modified files in the Perforce Server without first having to check them in as a versioned change.

Shelving improves team collaboration and gives developers more flexibility in managing multiple projects. For example, Perforce Shelving allows users to:
- Pass pending changes to managers as part of Code Review or Approval workflows,
- Share work-in-progress with another team member or workstation,
- Make a change and then test in a distributed build environment, and
- Put aside an effort because a higher priority task arrived.

Shelving is supported by the 2009.2 Perforce Server, and the visual and command-line clients.

Developers can now work disconnected, with all file changes and history preserved when the user comes back online. With the Perforce Visual Client, users can easily edit any file taken offline, add new files, and mark existing files for deletion. Sequential changes can be scheduled for submission to the server, simplifying reconciliation of changes made when connectivity is restored.

Perforce provides an automated mechanism for copying metadata from one server to another. This improves overall system performance by allowing administrators and developers the ability to run reports and database queries on the secondary server, rather than consuming resources on the primary one.

This new replication feature also ensures data protection by playing an important role in customers’ High Availability/Disaster Recovery (HADR) strategy to provide continuous access to Perforce. This can help eliminate costly downtime in the event of a planned or unplanned outage by enabling continuous data availability.

Perforce 2009.2 is available now. Interested developers are invited to download and evaluate Perforce free from the Perforce website. This offer includes free technical support during evaluation.

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, start at $900 per seat; volume discounts are available.