Cambridge University Press Selects WANdisco to Connect Developers in UK and Philippines

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World's Oldest Printer and Publisher Deploys Unique Technology and Shaves 50% off Development Lifecycle

It often took a day or more for developers in Manila to checkout large files from our server in the UK. Checkins weren't much better. When the network went down, the whole process had to be restarted

Cambridge University Press, founded in 1534, the world's oldest printer and publisher, as well as one of the world's largest academic publishers, and WANdisco, a leading provider of distributed software development solutions, today announced that Cambridge has selected WANdisco for CVS to support their globally distributed software development efforts.

WANdisco continues to add marquee customers to its rapidly growing list by overcoming the performance limitations of wide area networks, and as a result driving significant time and cost out of the software development cycle.

Cambridge University Press has software developers at two sites in the United Kingdom and Philippines. Prior to implementing WANdisco for CVS, poor WAN performance between these sites had become a significant drag on developer productivity.

"It often took a day or more for developers in Manila to checkout large files from our server in the UK. Checkins weren't much better. When the network went down, the whole process had to be restarted," said Nick Louch, Technical Architect, Information and Publishing Services.

When Cambridge University Press implemented WANdisco, they found that checkins and checkouts of large files that used to take a day or more over the WAN now complete at LAN-speed in a matter of minutes, or in some cases seconds. At the same time, Cambridge University Press' servers in the UK and Philippines are kept in sync in real-time. None of the other multi-site development solutions Cambridge University Press evaluated came close to delivering this level of performance.

"With WANdisco, our developers in Cambridge and Manila work as if they are one team at the same location, rather than separated by thousands of miles over a WAN. Now, everything gets done at LAN-speed, and our CVS repositories stay in sync. Problems are detected earlier, there is less QA and rework needed than we had before, and development cycle times have been reduced" said Louch.

"We are delighted that Cambridge University Press has recognized the tremendous time and cost savings that WANdisco brings to globally distributed software development," said David Richards, President and CEO of WANdisco. "Cambridge's experience is consistent with what we are hearing from our customers across the board."

About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is the publishing and printing house of the University of Cambridge. It is an integral part of the University and has similar charitable objectives in advancing knowledge, education, learning and research. For centuries the Press has extended the research and teaching activities of the University by making available worldwide through its printing and publishing a remarkable range of academic and educational books, journals, examination papers and Bibles. For millions of people around the globe, the publications of the Press represent their only real link with the University of Cambridge.

About WANdisco
WANdisco is a leading provider of distributed software development solutions. By using WANdisco's totally unique replication technology, software development can now occur anywhere without any constraints. Fortune Global 1000 companies such as AT&T, Honda, NTT and Motorola rely on WANdisco's suite of source code management solutions for Subversion and CVS. Visit


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