Perforce Helix - Platform

Built on the highly scalable P4D (Perforce) versioning engine, Helix serves as a single source of truth for all the contributors and types of assets involved in designing, creating and releasing a product. It automatically syncs with our GitSwarm ecosystem, bringing greater security and scalability to projects versioned in Git. It is available as both on-premise software and a hosted solution. The Helix platform comprises the following components:

Helix Versioning Engine: Best-in-class SCM for every type and size file. Now featuring native distributed version control system (DVCS) capabilities and bi-directional support for Git.

Helix GitSwarm: Complete ecosystem for Git-based development, with self-service repo management, pull-request workflow, and built-in issue tracking.

Helix Swarm: A comprehensive Gerrit-style review application for collaborating on code, artwork and other assets.

Helix Threat Detection: Advanced behavioral analytics for uncovering threats against the IP stored in Helix.

Helix Insights: Real-time reporting for code line metrics, quality, user analytics and more.

It Takes All Types

With Helix, all the people working on a product collaborate within a common platform. It manages any type or size file—code, designs, 3D models, media, environment artifacts, etc.

  • No limits to file type or size
  • Anyone can contribute to Helix—artists, designers, developers, engineers, musicians
  • Even DevOps files are easily managed in Helix, including complete virtual environments

Apps for All

Use the right tool for the job. Helix provides clients to match a broad range of workflows and levels of proficiency.

  • Power users can do anything right from the Helix command line (P4)
  • Others can use Helix P4V, our cross-platform GUI
  • Developers, artists, animators, designers can work directly within their favorite software
  • Knowledge workers can contribute right from Microsoft Office or even Windows Explorer

Better Git

Helix includes GitSwarm, a complete Git ecosystem that makes it easy to manage projects and teams while also providing the visibility, security, auditability and scale required by the larger enterprise.

  • Developers get to use pure, native Git with the tools and extensions they love
  • Git challenges like large files and sprawl are things of the past
  • Operations staff enjoy the flexibility, scalability and performance they need
  • Security and compliance teams get the access control, theft detection, auditability and transparency they insist on

Efficient Teamwork

Helix provides a powerful platform for reviewing, discussing, and approving work.

  • Ask for reviews before or after submitting work
  • Reviewers comment, vote on, and invite others to participate
  • The full discussion is preserved, capturing the entire design process for future reference

Safe and Secure

Helix protects your valuable IP at every step.

  • Highly granular security model for groups and users
  • Authenticate via existing LDAP or Active Directory stores
  • Policy-based permissions for metadata such as file paths, IP address, etc.
  • Helix Threat Detection monitors server logs and identifies high-risk behaviors to identify and prevent potential security breaches before they happen

Globally Distributed Teams

Helix is ideal for keeping everything in sync for multi-site teams.

  • Federated architecture gives remote teams optimal, LAN performance
  • Work is synchronized automatically with WAN-optimized data transfer

Fast, Reliable, Industrial Strength

Helix is based upon the industry’s most proven and scalable versioning engine.

  • Single source of truth for storing everything
  • Handles any type and amount of data, even huge binary files
  • Supports tens of thousands of concurrent users, tens of millions of changes per day
  • Ideal for high-volume, automated environments and continuous delivery

An Open & Extensible Platform

Helix is an open platform supported by well documented APIs and SDKs.

  • Out-of-the-box integration with a wide range of industry standard software
  • Powerful triggers and daemons make it easy to drive your own automation
  • Build your own tools using C/C++, .NET, Objective-C, Python, Java, Perl, Ruby, and PHP
  • Contribute them to the larger community and use other tools at the Perforce Workshop

Flexible Deployment

Choose how you’d like to deploy Helix. Maintain full control by deploying Helix on-prem or save time and money with a hosted option.

  • Helix Enterprise is deployed behind your firewall, within your physical or virtual datacenter
  • Helix Enterprise On-Demand provides the full power of Helix but is hosted by Perforce as a single-tenant option
  • Helix Cloud is a multi-tenant SaaS option that provides a simpler subscription service for smaller teams

Perforce Customer Quotations

  • Metrolab Technology SA

    „Our expectations have come true to 100%. We save a lot of time and expenses thanks to Perforce."

    Philip Keller
    Marketing & Product Manager

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  • Metrolab Technology SA

    „Perforce is a transparent tool which supports the problem-free cooperation of several developers – if necessary also in distributed teams. Today we feel confident in what we do!"

    Philip Keller
    Marketing & Product Manager

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  • Concurrent Engineering AG

    „We use Perforce since November 2000. Due to the scalabilty of Perforce, Perforce grew easily with are growing needs for an efficient Version Management tool. We can  recommend Perforce unconditionally.“

    Theo Hasler

    Co-Founder and Managing Director

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  • u-blox AG

    "We first looked to Perforce because we needed a solid version control system, but now we’re hooked on how easily our developers can collaborate with team members across the globe to review each other’s code. As most innovative companies, we have the vision of Continuous Delivery where collaboration is key to success.”

    Andreas Thiel
    Executive Vice-President, Wireless-Produkt Development and Co-Founder.

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  • MCS Engineering AG

    „We save a lot of time in our Data-Management thanx to Perforce"

    Eric Gutmann
    Projec Leader  & Head of IT  in Grüsch

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  • MCS Engineering AG

    „In particula the possibilty to have different workspaces per user, the '3-way merge' and the 'time-lapse view' are of great help to us"

    Eric Gutmann
    Project Leader & Head of IT in Grüsch

    Read more about Perforce at MCS »
  • RUAG Schweiz AG

    „My administrative effort for 40 Perforce users is just nearly zero. Perforce is very stable and easy to use. Users usually train themselves and are productive very fast." 

    Bernhard Hari
    Project Lead, RUAG Schweiz AG

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  • Bosch Packaging Systems AG

    „Perforce is boring  - it just works"

    Michael Leuzinger
    IT responsible for Perforce  - Bosch Packaging Sytems AG
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