A Comparison among SourceSafe Access Tools

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This article makes a detailed comparison among SourceAnyWhere, SourceOffSite, VSS Remoting and possible others.

Keywords: VSS Remote Access, VSS Web Access, VSS Internet Access, SourceSafe Remote Access, SourceSafe Web Access, SourceSafe Internet Access, SourceOffSite, SourceAnyWhere, VSS Remoting

1. Overview
2. Comparison Summary
3. Test Environment
4. Test Methodology
5. Breakdown
5.1 Speed
5.2 Stability
5.3 Security
5.4 VSS Feature Support
5.5 Usability
5.6 Diff/Merge
5.7SCCI Integration
5.8 Cross Platform
6 Others

1. Overview

What does the article do? It makes a comparison among SourceAnyWhere 3.1, SourceOffSite 4.1 and VSS Remoting 2.5.

Our initiative is to make an unbiased, objective, repeatable and verifiable comparison:
a. Real project is used. The project I use is eMule, which is at http://sourceforge.net/projects/emule/
b. Detailed steps are presented. You can follow the detailed steps easily.
c. If you want to make a comment, I can be reached at bettervssremoting@yahoo.com.

If you need more info, please visit their official websites:

SourceAnyWhere (SAW) from DynamSoft

SourceOffSite (SOS) from SourceGear

VSS Remoting from Source Remoting

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The real result may vary if you do the test in different environment or different files are used. However, the basic concept of this comparison, such as which one is the fastest, which one has more VSS features, should be applicable everywhere.

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2. Comparison Summary (5 star ***** is the best)

Speed Comparison
SAW *****
SOS **
VSS Remoting **

Stability Comparison
SAW ****
SOS ***
VSS Remoting **

SAW ****
SOS ***
VSS Remoting ***

VSS Feature Support
SAW ****
SOS ****
VSS Remoting ****

SAW ****
SOS **
VSS Remoting **

SAW ****
SOS ****
VSS Remoting **

IDE Integration
SAW ***
SOS ***
VSS Remoting ****

Cross Platform
SOS ****
VSS Remoting ***

I am totally surprised and excited by the speed of SourceAnyWhere. For Get, Checkout and other operations, SourceAnyWhere can
be up to 40+ times faster than SourceOffSite and VSS Remoting.

SourceAnyWhere never has any problem in the whole test.

VSS Remoting has difficulty to add files.

SourceOffSite has several problems when it comes to stability. It fails often when I try to add big files. The big problem of SourceOffSite is cancel. There is no cancel support in IDE integration. After a cancel operation in Add, Checkin, Checkout or Get in SourceOffSite Explorer, the CPU usage of SourceOffSite server goes up to almost 100% and can not come down, unless the server is restarted.

What makes SourceAnyWhere unique is the password policy.
All the products use 128-bit cryptography.
SourceOffSite and SourceAnyWhere use BlowFish.
VSS Remoting uses HTTPS.

VSS Feature Support:
Weakness and strengths equally exist in them three.

SAW is the best. All the Windows of SAW is in Win32 style. It can detect if a file is changed automatically.

In File Diff (2-way)/File Merge (3-way), SourceAnyWhere and SourceOffSite run neck and neck; VSS Remoting has a low

IDE Integration:
SourceAnyWhere, SourceOffSite and VSS Remoting all support MSSCCI Integration.
VSS Remoting supports DreamWeaver integration

I have not tested the IDE integration intensively. I give this rate just according to manual of the three products.

Cross Platform:
SourceOffSite can cross most popular platforms, VSS Remoting has a web interface which can login server through web

3. Test Environment

Test Data

Real project is used for test
All eMule0.44c and eMule0.44d files are downloaded from Sourceforge
Download eMule0.44c (3.1M) and eMule0.44d (3.1M) used in the test
Big Files are simulated files created by us

Server Configuration

P4, 2.8G, 256M RAM, Windows XP Professional
SourceAnyWhere profession 3.1 DEMO Server
SourceOffSite4.1 with Cryptography DEMO Server
VSS Remoting Server 2.5
Visual SourceSafe6.0 + Sp6

Client Configuration

P4 Celeron 2.0G, 256M RAM, Windows 2003
ADSL connection
SourceAnyWhere profession 3.1
SourceOffSite 4.1 with Cryptography
VSS Remoting Client 2.5

4. Test Methodology

All the three products are tested on the same computers and internet connection

All the three products are tested on the same data set

All the three products are tested with the same process

For speed test, every action is carried out 5 times

The initial state of the VSS database is empty (newly created)

5. Breakdown

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