Friday Oct 01, 2010

Micello Runs on GlassFish and MySQL

Micello provides maps for indoor locations like shopping malls, department stores, big-box stores, office buildings and the like.  For instance, they have maps for the Stanford Shopping Center and my local IKEA.  They currently have clients for the iPod, the iPad and the Android, and their server-side technology runs on GlassFish and MySQL.

Check out Arun's interview of Prakash Narayan, Micello's CTO, during Oracle OpenWorld a couple of weeks ago.

Other articles on Micello at,, and mashable.

Wednesday Jan 17, 2007

DocDoku: Turn-key Content Management experience with GlassFish

Rich Java client and state-of-the-art server-side Java EE 5 are two key technologies used by DocDoku to provide online document sharing, versioning, and task management using workflow technology.

Technically speaking, this service started out as a stand-alone rich Java Swing application deployed with Java Web Start technology focusing on slick and intuitive user experience and interacting with custom server code. It soon appeared to Florent Garin, the key DocDoku architect and a Product Life-cycle Management expert, that the team was effectively rebuilding a mini appserver on its own, while polished open source application servers already offered such features (resource management, component models, etc.).  The end-resulting architecture combines rich Java client with the Java EE5 server-side architecture.

The team chose the GlassFish application server over JBoss as explained in this questionnaire and felt that the web administration console and the NetBeans tooling integration were the main two benefits they got from doing so. Stability has been another benefit, with their production GlassFish instance requiring zero restarts since going live in September 2006.

DocDoku's service is clearly aimed at small and medium business with price points ranging from free to €99 per month for 20 users but it has also seen adoption in larger enterprises.

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Monday Jan 08, 2007

Peerflix: Hot DVD Exchange Site Trades .Net for GlassFish

Peerflix Logo Why rent when you can own? That's the question that Peerflix poses to potential users.

They are, of course, talking about their exchange program where anyone can buy and sell DVDs online with an overhead of "just $0.99 plus postal fees each time you receive a DVD." But in some sense, you could say the same philosophy extends to their site's infrastructure. Instead of essentially renting closed source software that you do not control, why not have an ownership-like stake with as much participation and control as you desire in an open source project?

So when Peerflix became unhappy with the instability of its previous .Net infrastructure, the company turned to its new CTO, Cyril Bouteille, and his ideas for starting fresh with a Java-based architecture. To select an application server for the heart of that architecture, Cyril and team "first narrowed down the space by cost, focusing mainly on open-source application servers." Next, they narrowed the list further by eliminating any candidates which did not provide both a full Java EE implementation and good commercial support options. At that point, Cyril says, "It basically came down to GlassFish and JBoss, and we felt GlassFish was ahead in terms of EE 5 compliance and architecture."

Six months later, Cyril's team of eight engineers completed a new implementation of the Peerflix site using the GlassFish v1 ur1 app server, Solaris 10 operating system, and some of Sun's shiny new x64 hardware. As Cyril notes, "We experienced a 360% increase in traffic after our launch as many of our quarter million registered users as well as new visitors came to check out our new site, and we have not experienced any unplanned downtime on our (4) Sun Fire X2100."

Wow. Congratulations to everyone at Peerflix for such a strong launch! We're excited that you selected GlassFish and other Sun technologies to play a part in your success story.

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