Thursday Nov 03, 2011

ESPN and others sharing their GlassFish production stories

The entire set of GlassFish user stories from this year's community event at JavaOne is now available. Last but not least, ESPN's Sean Comerford shares his reasons for going GlassFish and how they use it.


All six customer use-cases are listed on the GlassFish Stories blog which has links to the short slide decks used by each speaker, to a video and to corresponding GlassFish Podcast episodes.

Sunday Apr 03, 2011

Get social and healthy with GlassFish

Two new stories have been published this week and both of them use GlassFish 3.1 in production. If you haven't seen them before, "Stories" is a blog with production use of GlassFish by small, medium, and large users with user questionnaires describing their experience with the rest of the community.

The first story is PointDebate, a "social network company that stir up, engage and give voice to most diverse opinions". They've been following pretty closely all the recent updates of GlassFish and now run the latest 3.1 version (only a month after it was released). They application is built using Java EE 6 and JSF in particular with RichFaces. The full architecture includes MySQL as well as EHCache and uses JMS to "decouple operations" (an somewhat underutilized architectural pattern if you ask me).


The second story, TinyHabits, an online service "to maintain a healthy lifestyle despite leading a busy life that leaves very little time to incorporate healthy habits" is yet another Java EE 6 application with GlassFish as a platform chosen for its simplicity and robust administration and monitoring. This service also just moved to the latest and greatest version 3.1 (from 3.0.1), also uses JSF 2.0 (with PrimeFaces this time), uses both PostgreSQL and MongoDB and runs production on Amazon EC2. Check it out.

Thursday Feb 24, 2011

Story : Probendi geo-referencing emergencies with GlassFish

Probendi is the latest of our "GlassFish in production" stories. This ISV has deployed a good number of copies of its Critical Governance™ software powered by GlassFish 3.0.1 to track all sorts of emergencies in real time.


The core software is built using Java EE 6 with key mobile extensions. To find out more about this story, check out this entry and the associated detailed questionnaire.

Wednesday Jan 19, 2011 is now GlassFish-powered

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Drupal creator and leader Dries Buytaert announced last month that Mollom was betting the farm on GlassFish (well, its backend at least). Mollom is a popular web service which helps websites keep spam and other unwanted content such as website spam and profanity off of their web site. I know of a few sites myself that could use some help...

Dries and lodgON's Johan Vos, the architect being the move to GlassFish, were nice enough to share more details on the motivations, challenges and results in this adoption story as well as in this new episode of the GlassFish Podcast (#72). Update: Johan now has a post up on his experience moving to Java EE 6 and GlassFish 3.0.1.

This Java EE 6 application has been running in production for several months now and shows impressive results.
Update : you can now read even more about the specifics of this architecture in this article published on
Update 2: now has a blog post with the background for this project, the GlassFish choice and some forward-looking statements.

Thursday Sep 11, 2008

Latest GlassFish Production Story - Bauer Systems

Bauer Systems is the most recent entry on our "Stories" blog. This well established German online and print media company has invested significantly in the GlassFish application server, with "transparent roadmap" as one of its deciding factor. They use many different technologies in the product (EJBs, Web Services, JMS, ...) and, as Norbert Seekircher Lead Software Architect at Bauer Systems, puts it - "we are using GlassFish as the container for all our current Java EE development".

What's interesting about this customer is that it's illustrating what I think is a tendency with customers moving from a tactical use to a strategic use of GlassFish. It's no longer chosen for a specific product but more as a founding technology for numerous enterprise applications.

We will soon expand this "Stories" blog to other open source software technologies from Sun. If you are using OpenMQ, OpenESB, OpenPortal, or any other such products in production, we'd love it if you could share your experience with the rest of the community. Please ping us at "stories @".

Friday Feb 22, 2008

GlassFish in the Media - RTL

RTL logo

Some five months after the first release of the cluster-enabled GlassFish V2, deployment stories are showing up at a faster rate.

RTL, the #1 radio in France with over 7 million daily listeners. Their public portal and several internal applications are now happily running GlassFish V2. You can read more details from this post and this interview.

Comet is listed among the technologies used (but not quite in production) to enable notification from server to clients. This is interesting because many consider this GlassFish v2 extension as a bit futuristic (granted, Comet hasn't been around for all that long). The reality is that, while not enabled by default (a simple flag needs to be set), this is a fully supported feature of the current GlassFish V2 product.