CollabNet, maker of Subversion (Svn), has just released a software as a service (SaaS) offering to allow teams to make use of Svn without having to invest time and money into the resources to manage it. I think I’ve see this before, but it was from a small company. I’m glad to see it with Svn from it’s largest backer. At $55/user/month, I’m not sure I’d throw the money towards it, but thaen again, I’m not sure what an offering like this should cost. I would think it'd be based on a mixture of bandwidth and repository size, but what do I know? Personally, I can get a Svn server up and running on Windows within an hour, including having teams and repositories setup using Active Directory authentication. This of course makes it easier to manage and use, since every project I've worked on has had a Windows user-base.
The only real concern I have regarding the offering is intellectual property. With a company like CollabNet, I'm not as worried, but with a smaller company with little at stake, I would severely question it. I know that, as an individual, I’ve questioned offerings like this and would rather manage my own server at home than utilize someone else’s and risk IP loss. Maybe that’s just my nature. Despite my support for open source, I still struggle with handing over large amounts of code and getting nothing in return except a full inbox, which, in effect, costs me more time and money. Not that I’m not willing to give to the community.
Anyway, I’m glad to see this offering and I hope that it will increase the use of Svn.