Perforce Gains VMware Ready Status
Perforce Software, maker of version management software, announced its Versioning Engine has been validated as VMware (NYSE: VMW) Ready, the virtualization kingpin’s highest level of endorsement, achieved after a detailed process examining the developer’s P4D software now newly housed on the VMware Solution Exchange (VSX).
“While Perforce has been deployed on virtual machines for years, this certification shows our commitment to supporting enterprise virtualization infrastructures,” Randy DeFauw, Perforce technical marketing manager.
VMware’s Ready solutions validation, administered through its Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, is a source for prevalidated, certified third-party apps that work seamlessly on the VMware cloud infrastructure. In effect, the vendor’s rubber stamp help customers spot third-party partner products certified to work with VMware solutions. The idea is to favor products and solutions prevalidated and tested under the program because they have met specific integration and interoperability standards to work with VMware cloud infrastructure. In August, VMware opened the Ready program to networking and security suppliers, adding to eight other existing product categories.
The privately held Perforce, founded in 1995, employs some 200 people worldwide to support about 400,000 users in 5,500 organizations. The developer’s customer list includes gaming companies such as Electronic Arts, Sony Online Entertainment, Nintendo and Ubisoft, financial services companies NYSE, Deutsche Bank, Moody’s and SunGard, medical device and healthcare informatics firms, and more than 100 embedded systems businesses, including Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO).
One well-known entertainment company, the Disney-owned Pixar (think Toy Story movies), has used the Perforce revision control software to make sense of millions of files it has on hand containing software, movie clips, audio files and other information, all of which needs managing, versioning and storage to be retrieved quickly. Pixar deployed Perforce’s P4D software to handle these tasks and also made it a standard platform on VMware vSphere, as described in a blog post written by Justin Murray, a VMware systems engineer.
“The key issue the Pixar team faced in this business was being able to quickly scale their Perforce server infrastructure in order to handle these massive quantities of different data that they were being asked to manage,” wrote Murray. “A major factor in achieving success at doing this was their use of virtualization from VMware.”