Bitbucket Server (discontinued) vs. Perforce Helix Core

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Bitbucket Server (discontinued)
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Bitbucket Server (formerly Stash) from Atlassian offered a self-hosted source code management solution. The product is no longer available for sale, and support for existing licenses will end in 2024.N/A
Perforce Helix Core
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
Multinational company Perforce, headquartered in Alameda, California offers a version control and peer code review solution. Perforce version control is built around Helix Core with add-on products for code review (Helix Swarm) for free, and add Git support products (Helix4Git and Helix TeamHub). The original Perforce SCM solution was expanded via the Surround SCM, a software configuration management application which was developed by Seapine Software and now owned by Perforce since that…N/A
Pricing
Bitbucket Server (discontinued)Perforce Helix Core
Editions & Modules
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Bitbucket Server (discontinued)Perforce Helix Core
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Bitbucket Server (discontinued)Perforce Helix Core
Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
Bitbucket Server (discontinued)Perforce Helix Core
Small Businesses
Git
Git
Score 10.0 out of 10
Git
Git
Score 10.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Git
Git
Score 10.0 out of 10
Git
Git
Score 10.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Perforce Helix Core
Perforce Helix Core
Score 6.3 out of 10
Git
Git
Score 10.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Bitbucket Server (discontinued)Perforce Helix Core
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(11 ratings)
4.0
(14 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.6
(5 ratings)
Usability
5.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(2 ratings)
9.6
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Bitbucket Server (discontinued)Perforce Helix Core
Likelihood to Recommend
Atlassian
Bitbucket Server would be good to use if you are not extremely reliant on the availability of your code at any given moment. If you have other systems relying on the up status of Bitbucket Server that can cause problems if unable to reach it -- you might consider going with a different product
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Perforce Software
While Perforce Helix is the best version control software out there, it can also be used to track your documentation, training videos and materials, and requirements. If you have strict compliance requirements, it can be used to ensure that those requirements are satisfied. Perforce Helix is incredibly flexible and can meet the needs of individual users as well as companies with thousands of users.
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Pros
Atlassian
  • Pull requests / code reviews are simple but effective - it's easy to discuss the changes and enforce quality gates (through integration with Bamboo)
  • The access control model is fairly granular, with per-branch and per-action permission configuration options
  • There are various plugins available to extend functionality, such as SonarQube
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Perforce Software
  • The branching mechanisms in Perforce allow for an enormous codebase to be duplicated into release versions weekly with little impact upon things such as the speed of queries against the version control.
  • Action triggers permit such things as automated builds of software versions, dynamic messaging when issues are identified either within or prior to a build process, and much more.
  • Locking provides the ability to prevent modifications of stable, tested versions in order to ensure validity when they are released.
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Cons
Atlassian
  • Bitbucket Server (formerly Stash) should be evaluated for implementation based on the capacity of the environment ownership and support.
  • Insights and analytics reports are basic.
  • Bitbucket Server (formerly Stash) as part of Atlassian tools has some restrictions for centralized user management.
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Perforce Software
  • Perforce tends to feel backwards in how it approaches certain tasks, like branching and integrating - even once you figure out how it wants you to perform these tasks, you will likely forget when it comes around to the next time you need to do them again.
  • Perforce has a higher price tag, comparatively.
  • Perforce make some tasks very easy, and yet other tasks very difficult - it doesn't always seem to have found its target user's proficiency.
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Likelihood to Renew
Atlassian
Because we're so locked in, it's likely we'll be using Bitbucket Server for a while, unfortunately.
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Perforce Software
We are fully committed to our use of Perforce. It works well within our organization and our desire to share our code base with our customers. Their support staff are responsive, inquisitive, and eager to improve their software. I feel like we have a direct line to their design/feature team as they often solicit our feedback.
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Usability
Atlassian
The usability of its interface is pretty straight forward when it comes to creating projects and repositories, but when you have to dive into finer grained portions of the UI things can get tricky. If you are used to using tools like GitHub or Gitlab -- Bitbucket is just different enough to be a bother.
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Perforce Software
With Perforce Helix, you can use it via the command line, via P4V, or any of the other APIs included with the product. It is extremely easy for new users to get up and running. Users of Perforce Helix only have to pull in the files of interest to them. Also, Perforce is very easy to script and integrate into your CI/CD pipeline. Streams allows you to have pinpoint control of your workflow, and P4Search is the absolute best--I wish Perforce (the company) would talk more about this. It is absolutely fabulous!
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Reliability and Availability
Atlassian
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Perforce Software
In our large environment, Perforce is rarely "down". We have regular maintenance windows and from time to time Perforce can feel a little slow, but its always available. Tech support has always worked with our engineers and IT department to make sure that any real performance or stability issues are addressed quickly.
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Support Rating
Atlassian
Never really needed any support as the application is very easy to set up and maintain. Any questions we had were well documented in their online documentation, and community forum.
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Perforce Software
I had two representatives from Perforce contact me after downloading it but never responded when I had questions. I also had a difficult time finding good training material for getting started. There is a lot of available support material when running into issues, though, because of how many large companies use it.
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Implementation Rating
Atlassian
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Perforce Software
This rating is related to setting up an environment from an existing Perforce repository. Initial setup of Perforce as the repository for the company was done by a separate team long prior to my inception.
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Alternatives Considered
Atlassian
Stash was selected before I was at the company, but we're looking at these alternatives and actively considering switching. Stash seems to have all the necessary features we need to make it work, but it doesn't have any bells and whistles or extra special features that we can use to create more advanced integrations with other products like Jenkins or Amazon Web Services.
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Perforce Software
Git is great, I love Git. But it's not great for dealing with binary assets, even when using Git LFS. Locking is not as simple as on perforce. Git presents some problems on using for non-tech people it can get overwhelming and tech people have to come by and help.
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Return on Investment
Atlassian
  • Stash has certainly improved the productivity of the team. We no longer have to use Shared Drive on network which is prone to hacks and errors to manage our code.
  • During the process of releases, the release engineering team can pull the latest and approved code from Stash and need not be dependent upon the availability of the developers during their non availability. It improves productivity and fastens the ETA for requests.
  • We have stayed on course for project deadlines since introduction of Stash and helps us achieve the goals of timely completion of projects.
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Perforce Software
  • Decreased our implementation costs by allowing versioning and back out of customizations made in the field.
  • saves developers time through automation of changes between branches - they think less of the plumbing and have more time to write code.
  • Downside is training/managing expectations of new developers who come in assuming they will use Git.
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