Press Release

26 Jul 2012

WANdisco sponsors the Apache Software Foundation for a second year and welcomes core Subversion developers to its team

WANdisco reaffirms its commitment to the ASF and the Apache Subversion Project by contributing new funds and adding senior core Subversion developers to its staff.

ASF-Sponsorship-Silver-logo-final.jpg WANdisco (LSE: WAND) a leading provider of Apache Subversion-based software and services for the enterprise, and a corporate contributor to the Subversion project today announced that its sponsorship of the Apache Software Foundation will continue for a second year in a row.  In addition, two senior members of the Subversion developer community have recently joined the company.

The ASF Sponsorship Program is the official avenue for substantial, non-directed monetary contributions to the ASF, and funds raised through this program help the Foundation maintain leadership in the developer and open source communities. As an ASF sponsor WANdisco joins companies such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, HP and IBM.

“The ASF continues to enjoy unprecedented growth and WANdisco is proud to be an official sponsor of this leading open source community,” said David Richards, CEO and co-founder, WANdisco. “Under the ASF’s guidance, Apache Subversion continues to go from strength to strength and we look forward to working even more closely with the ASF, moving forward.  This move again demonstrates our commitment to both Apache and the Apache Subversion project.”

WANdisco also announced that core Subversion committers Branko ?ibej and Stefan Fuhrmann have joined the WANdisco team. Branko ?ibej will take up the role of Director of Subversion at WANdisco, where he will lead the existing team of talented Apache Subversion committers. WANdisco already has several active Subversion committers on staff, including Philip Martin who was part of the original Subversion development team and Julian Foad who has been a core Subversion contributor since 2003.

Branko ?ibej joined the Subversion project in May 2000 and has been an active member of the community since then. His early contributions were the binary delta storage and delta combination algorithm. Branko also created the initial port of Subversion to the Windows platform. Recently he has been heavily involved with the redesign of Subversion’s merge functionality.

“Apache Subversion is entering an interesting phase in its development,” said Branko. “The changes in the latest release have laid the groundwork for a slew of important new features, and I'm grateful to WANdisco for giving me the opportunity to work full-time on the project as their Director of Subversion.”

Also joining WANdisco as a full-time Subversion developer is Stefan Fuhrmann. With over 20 years of experience with professional software, he has worked as a software architect, system architect and process expert in the automotive industry. Not only has Stefan been a TortoiseSVN contributor since 2003, but he has been a committer to the Subversion project since 2010. His involvement with Subversion focuses on server performance and client usability.

“WANdisco employs some of the most capable and highly respected committers to Apache Subversion and we now have a large number of full-time developers dedicated to the project,” said David Richards, CEO and co-founder, WANdisco. “I am delighted to welcome Stefan and Branko to WANdisco, and look forward to working with them to keep Subversion at the cutting edge of version control.”

About Apache Subversion

Apache Subversion (SVN) is a version control system initiated in 2000. It is used to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly-compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). 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. Subversion is released under the Apache License, making it free software. For more information, please visit:

Subversion and the Subversion logo are trademarks of the Apache Software Foundation.

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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