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Engine Yard Introduces First JRuby Support Service in the Industry

New Support Offering Empowers Java Teams to Accelerate Productivity with Ruby

SAN FRANCISCO, March 30, 2010Engine Yard, the leading cloud computing platform for Ruby on Rails, today announced the industry's first JRuby professional support offering. JRuby allows Java developers to use Ruby to efficiently expand the capabilities of Java applications, or create entirely new applications that leverage an existing investment in Java. By utilizing professional support for JRuby, customers can take advantage of Engine Yard's world-class Ruby, Rails and JRuby experts to accelerate success of their projects.

"JRuby provided the critical features we needed to build our information store, including scalability, performance, and multi-threading," said Ben Summers, Technical Director of OneIS Ltd. "We wanted to use the Java libraries and JVM, but we didn't want to write in Java because we have lots of existing Ruby code. The interpreter runs our code 2x faster, and the architectural improvements enabled by JRuby's proper multi-threading and Java integration allowed us to simplify the application into one process, which overall is 5x faster than before. JRuby has given us great performance, allowed us to reduce the lines of code by about 10%, and helped us make the application much easier to develop and deploy."

Developers report they are 2x-5x more productive programming in Ruby than in Java according to recent Engine Yard survey data. This is because unlike other JVM-based web-frameworks, JRuby provides unique productivity benefits to Java teams including the ability to deploy to the same servers, use the same libraries, and integrate with existing Java code and applications. For more details on the benefits Ruby can offer Java teams and how to get started with JRuby, developers are invited to download the quick-start guide at:

"Organizations that made smart investments in Java for its security and reliability are now adding JRuby to their environments because it enables them to take advantage of the productivity benefits Ruby delivers," said Charles Nutter, co-lead of the JRuby core team at Engine Yard. "Commercial-grade support for JRuby from Engine Yard is another important step towards establishing Ruby on Rails as the best choice for next-generation development in the enterprise."

A Java implementation of the Ruby programming language, JRuby allows organizations to build secure, high-performance application functionality with Ruby while utilizing existing Java code and the JVM. Commercial JRuby support from Engine Yard benefits organizations using both Java and Ruby by providing direct access to the Ruby, Rails and JRuby experts at Engine Yard.

"JRuby, Ruby on Rails, and the JVM provide a razor sharp tool set to deliver SOA to existing Java applications, along with rapid development of new applications. Combined with our support offering, enterprises will realize a greater ROI on their Java investments," said Tom Mornini, CTO of Engine Yard. "Java-based enterprises demand commercial support for any technology they use – with Engine Yard's combined engineering expertise in Rails, Ruby, and JRuby our new support offering meets and exceeds that requirement."

Commercial JRuby support from Engine Yard includes developer assistance and advice on how to tune and optimize JRuby in production environments. It also covers the most recent version of JRuby and the following libraries: jruby-openssl, activerecord-jdbc-adapter, warbler, jruby-rack. It also includes support for bundled JRuby components such as Joni, Yecht, and jrubyffi. More information on Engine Yard commercial JRuby support is available at:

About Engine Yard

Engine Yard is the leading provider of automation technologies and services for Ruby on Rails, including the Engine Yard Cloud, a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for web developers and web teams. It provides easy-to-use, automated Rails application deployment and management, with a design philosophy that allows easy migration of existing applications. Engine Yard helps development teams realize productivity gains and cost savings by eliminating the operational overhead caused by application deployment issues and managing complex infrastructures. A significant contributor to the advancement of Open Source projects, Engine Yard employs top industry experts and sponsors or directly contributes to many projects such as Ruby on Rails, JRuby and Rubinius Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard is backed by Benchmark Capital, New Enterprise Associates, and

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