Monday Mar 26, 2007

International Environmental: A Cooling Company Which Prefers Hot Software

International Environmental Corporation Logo International Environmental has been providing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions for over 40 years. They've done work in some of the largest and most famous buildings in the world, including Trump Tower (New York), the Bellagio (Las Vegas), and Times Square (Hong Kong).

Think that sounds like the kind of company which would avoid cutting-edge open source software? Think again.

In early 2006, they were already looking forward to using Java EE 5. Comparing application servers, they found that GlassFish came out on top of JBoss, with "by far, the most complete EE 5 implementation," "much better performance," and an administrative console which was "hands down better."

After completing that evaluation, they set out to replace "various in-house applications" with a new solution running on GlassFish. The results? "With over a year in production, GlassFish has proven to be fast, stable and reliable, and it just keeps getting better." They're now in the planning stages to also migrate the company's "Struts-based, Tomcat-hosted external web site" over to GlassFish (and JSF).

They're using the JSF Reference Implementation, which is also developed as part of Project GlassFish. (Remember, "Project GlassFish" is actually an umbrella which covers the development of many enterprise Java technologies--not just the application server.) Employee Jason Lee is especially active in this area, as one of the developers of the JSF RI.

International Environmental proves that companies in any industry can benefit from using and contributing to GlassFish. Want to learn more about their story? See the full response to the GlassFish adoption questionnaire from Jason Lee, Senior Software Engineer at International Environmental.

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