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New Helix Versioning Engine with DVCS Capabilities Now Available


Perforce Helix Distributed Version Control System Brings Greater Flexibility While Maintaining Enterprise-class Security, Auditability and Control

Key Points:

  • Helix Versioning Engine with distributed version control capabilities is now available to all customers
  • Hybrid approach combines the speed and autonomy of a distributed system with the security and visibility of a centralised system

WOKINGHAM, UK. (April 14, 2015)Perforce Software today announced the general availability of the Distributed Version Control System (DVCS) capability in Perforce Helix, the new software configuration management and content collaboration platform that was unveiled last month. Helix Versioning Engine offers a hybrid approach to version management, blending a Git-like distributed workflow with the traditional centralised mode of operation. With Helix, enterprises can offer developers the workflow they want, while maintaining visibility and control over the distributed environment. Unlike other DVCS solutions, Helix is unencumbered by limits on file and repository sizes.

According to Gartner, “When scaling the [DVCS] solution, enterprise groups have to deal with issues of security, process management, traceability and accountability. Organisations also speak of being uncomfortable with what is perceived as a larger possibility for loss of source code. This was particularly problematic when source access had previously been partitioned among programmers to reduce intellectual property risks.” [1]

Because Helix features Perforce’s field-tested version management technology at its core, companies benefit from security, scalability, performance and visibility. Developers, on the other hand, have the freedom to use either a distributed or central workflow and are able to work disconnected from the shared repository.

With Helix Versioning Engine, you can:

  • Work disconnected and boost productivity with local repositories
  • Enjoy a Git-like workflow without limits on file or repository sizes
  • Push and fetch to move content between independent Helix sites
  • Maintain enterprise-grade security while preserving rich history and audit trails

“While developers demand the freedom to work in a distributed fashion, enterprise requirements for security and visibility remain a priority,” said Christopher Seiwald, founder and CEO of Perforce. “For years, Perforce has been trusted to manage companies’ most valuable IP - their source code and other digital content. We now enable developers to have the flexibility of a DVCS while maintaining the level of IP protection and control their companies are used to with Perforce.”

Perforce Helix is available immediately. The product is free of charge for the first 20 users. Please visit

[1] Gartner Hype Cycle for Application Development, 2014, Thomas E. Murphy, Nathan Wilson, Maritess Sobejana, 29 July 2014 


About Perforce Software
Perforce Software helps companies build complex products more collaboratively, securely, and efficiently. Perforce Helix is a source code management (SCM) and content collaboration platform trusted by the world’s most innovative brands, including Samsung, NVIDIA, SAP, Pixar, National Instruments, and the New York Stock Exchange. According to an independent study, companies that migrate to Perforce improve developer productivity by 15% and release their products 25% faster. The company is headquartered in Alameda, California, with offices in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and sales partners around the globe. For more information, please visit

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