Git to the enterprise!

Enter Kando - Accurev produce tool to offer Git to enterprise

Developer tool provider AccuRev are set to release a connector that will allow them to utilise its enterprise features with the highly popular Git software version control.

Next month's Kando release will offer additional enterprise-friendly capabilities, such as workflow, issue tracking and integration with Microsoft Active Directory, user authentication systems based on LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol). It will also work in conjunction with AccuRev's SCM (software configuration management).

AccuRev have been savvy enough to recognise the primary need of enterprises for Linus Torvald's distributed control system, which has been a revelation in the last few years.

Social coding host Github has become, far and away, the premier choice when it comes to hosting their codebase. Git is one of the most widely used open source source-control systems, and manages the code for such large projects as Linux and Android. However, an issue arises for larger enterprises shifting all their code to git from a more ancient control system, like we have seen from Eclipse's staggered approach to transferring it all.

This is where Kando steps in, making it easy for developers to work directly with Git, with changes being directed to a back-end AccuRev server. Organisations can audit and trace develop activity within Git but any audit changes cannot be undone.

Lorne Cooper, CEO of AccuRev said in a statement

Our vision is to advance Git’s exceptional version control performance and capabilities in large development teams. We do that by providing transparent integration of Git with AccuRev’s proven security and process compliance capabilities.

With Kando, we see the opportunity to unleash Git in enterprise software development organisations that need to optimise their development process.

AccuRev's vice president of marketing, Cliff Utstein explained the reason behind creating Kando, but also recognised the task ahead for it. He told JavaWorld:

We're seeing tremendous excitement in our customer base over Git. That said, Git does have some challenges in the enterprise, around things like security, compliance and scalability.

Kando runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and requires Java SE 6 and AccuRev 5.4 to operate. The package comes with a copy of Git, or the organisation can install their own copy, version 1.7.4.1 or newer.

AccuRev are set to release a beta in March, although pricing for it has yet to be set. We think the demand could be high - many enterprises want a quick solution to adopting Git and dumping their aging control system.



Chris Mayer

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