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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