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Re: Comparison Collabnet and VisualSVN

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:04:28 -0400

On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 9:53 AM, Ari S <sadarjoen_at_gmail.com> wrote:

> Currently, we are investigating a migration from CVS to Subversion.
> For the Subversion server, we have compared specs of different
> suppliers, and the shortlist has now been narrowed down to two:
> CollabNet and VisualSVN Server.
> When performing performance tests with the two, we found CollabNet to
> be about 30% faster than VisualSVN server when using "out of the box
> configurations" (as little changed as possible).
> Has anyone else found similar (or totally different) figures?
> Are there other pros and cons that should be considered in choosing
> between these two vendors?
> Could anyone perhaps point me to such performance (or feature)
> comparison investigations done in the past by others?

I manage the CollabNet binaries. There is no particular reason our
binaries should be any faster or slower than other SVN binaries. We
are basically providing packaging and certification. We compile
Apache 2.2.x and Subversion and dependencies etc. and provide them
with a Windows installer. Before we release the packages we put them
through an internal qualification process, which is largely focused
around the packaging and installation process. There are no tweaks or
customizations being done on the binaries themselves, other than the
normal compile time options that the various products allow. We also
include ViewVC in our packaging.

I would assume that VisualSVN is largely the same (does not customize
its binaries). I know they toss in some Windows-specific tools and
configuration UI. My guess is that VisualSVN is configuring Apache
for Windows authentication or something like that. So to do a real
comparison, you would need to configure the Apache server provided in
the CollabNet distribution to do something similar. Or conversely, if
the VisualSVN server allows you to use plain Apache authentication
then you could try it that way.

Mark Phippard
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