Press Release

18 Jun 2013

WANdisco announces availability of Apache Subversion 1.8 with significant new features including vastly improved merge functionality

WANdisco Certified Apache Subversion 1.8 Binaries Available for Free Download

WANdisco (LSE: WAND), a provider of high-availability software for global enterprises to meet the challenges of Big Data and distributed software development and a major sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation, announced availability of Subversion 1.8, which offers significantly improved merge capabilities and major improvements in storage efficiency. WANdisco offers free, fully tested, certified Subversion 1.8 binaries for download on its website.

WANdisco open source developer and senior Subversion committer Julian Foad led the effort to deliver symmetric merge in version 1.8. With the contributions of Julian Foad and WANdisco's other open source developers, the company, delivered on past promises it made to the Apache Subversion community to support the significant merge improvements and other enhancements that users had been asking for.

With Subversion 1.8, users will enjoy long-awaited merge functionality enhancements as well as major improvements in storage efficiency. The enhancements include:

  • Symmetric, or automatic, merge capability for simplifying the merge process and eliminating conflicts caused by users selecting the wrong type of merge.
  • Simultaneous change handling between branches rather than differentiating between sync and reintegration merge forms.
  • Rejection of merge attempts between unrelated branches to decrease the likelihood of user errors that often result in conflicts.
  • Decrease in server set-up costs.
  • Revision property packing and directory deltification to reduce backup and restore times as well as the number of files stored for up to more than 90% storage capacity savings.

"While Subversion simplifies development and helps teams seamlessly collaborate, it has had limited merge capabilities, leading some developers to choose other SCM systems," said David Richards, WANdisco CEO. "Subversion 1.8, under the development leadership of Julian Foad, has addressed those issues and users will greatly appreciate the powerful new features."

WANdisco's Subversion binaries provide a complete, fully tested version of Subversion based on the most recent stable release, including the latest fixes, and undergo the same rigorous quality assurance process that WANdisco uses for its enterprise products that support the world's largest Subversion implementations. WANdisco’s fully tested, certified Subversion 1.8 binaries are available for free download at

Webinar Today

WANdisco will host "Introducing Subversion 1.8" today at 10:00 a.m. Pacific. During this free webinar hosted by leading technology industry journalist Adrian Bridgwater, core Subversion developers Julian Foad and Philip Martin will discuss these significant new features. Attendees can register at

About Subversion

Apache Subversion is an open source version control system founded in 2000. It is used to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. In a 2007 report by Forrester Research, Subversion was recognized as the sole leader in the Standalone Software Configuration Management (SCM) category and a strong performer in the Software Configuration and Change Management (SCCM) category. The Subversion project and software have seen incredible success over the past decade and Subversion continues to enjoy widespread adoption in both the open source arena and the corporate world. Subversion is released under the Apache License, making it free software. For more information, please visit:

About the Apache Software Foundation

The Apache Software Foundation, a US 501(3)(c) non-profit corporation, provides organizational, legal, and financial support for a broad range of over 140 open source software projects. The Foundation provides an established framework for intellectual property and financial contributions that simultaneously limits potential legal exposure for our project committers. Through a collaborative and meritocratic development process known as The Apache Way, Apache projects deliver enterprise-grade, freely available software products that attract large communities of users. The pragmatic Apache License makes it easy for all users, commercial and individual, to deploy Apache products.

About WANdisco

WANdisco is the world leader in Active Data Replication. Its patented WANdisco Fusion technology enables the replication of continuously changing data to the cloud and on-premises data centers with guaranteed consistency, no downtime and no business disruption. It also allows distributed development teams to collaborate as if they are all working in one location. WANdisco has an OEM with IBM as well as partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Google Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle to resell its patented technology. WANdisco also works directly with Fortune 1000 companies around the world to ensure their data can give them the real insight they need.

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Alexandra Gee
VP Marketing & Communications