Getting into Railo: I liked it so much I bought (some of) the company

As I hope nearly everyone has heard by now, Railo finally went open source yesterday, you can check out the new Open Source Railo site at and as well that Railo Technologies has started up

But this post isn't about that. I have been involved with the guys at Railo for a long time and been very impressed with the work that they have been doing, so much so that I have decided to buy join them.

So, as from today I am the CEO of Railo Technologies UK.

Whoa! You might say, what does this mean? Well, I am hopefully bringing my experience with Open Source Software, development practices and technology to the team and I hope that in the next few months we will have a lot more exciting things to show you (such as Project "Romero").

Railo Technoliogies UK will be dealing with the consultancy, training and hosting solutions for Railo Open Source as well as extending the core project and validating extensions that will be distributed through the upcoming Extension Store.

Its a joy to finally let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

Over the next few weeks I shall be giving you all an insight into our expansion plans to build and increase our fantastic community of CFML developers.

EDIT: Since it has now passed midday, and the time for April Fool's is over, I thought I should clairfy that I am INDEED CEO of Railo Technologies UK and that I have become part of Railo, rather than buying it outright!


  1. AJ Mercer

    #1 by AJ Mercer - April 1, 2009 at 3:46 AM

    Congratulation and best wishes Mark.

    I wonder if there will be a Railo Technologies AU any time soon?
  2. Ciqala Burt

    #2 by Ciqala Burt - April 1, 2009 at 3:47 AM

    celebratory pints on you tonight then? sweet!

    congrats mate. wish you all the best in your new endeavour!
  3. dave

    #3 by dave - April 1, 2009 at 3:53 AM

    april fools to you there buddy!
  4. Toby Tremayne

    #4 by Toby Tremayne - April 1, 2009 at 3:55 AM

    Congrats Mark - exciting times!
  5. Gary Gilbert

    #5 by Gary Gilbert - April 1, 2009 at 4:14 AM

    Wow Mark thats some pretty impressive stuff. You start your own company and then in less than a month expand the operations by buying Railo.

    You need a lackey?
  6. James

    #6 by James - April 1, 2009 at 4:51 AM

    Congrats Mark - this is great news!

    Looks like you're the gatekeeper to two of my favourite pieces of software (CFEclipse & Railo). Now all you have to do is put together your own Linux distro and you're all set!
  7. Todd Rafferty

    #7 by Todd Rafferty - April 1, 2009 at 5:47 AM

    *sighs* Everytime there's a good thing going, they sell out. Time to go check out OBD. So glad it's April 1st too.
  8. Mark Drew

    #8 by Mark Drew - April 1, 2009 at 7:25 AM

    @Todd: They havent been bought out, that was my (slight) joke, I have in fact joined Railo as CEO of Railo UK

    @dave: April Fool's is over now I believe, its still true :)
  9. Ben Nadel

    #9 by Ben Nadel - April 1, 2009 at 8:09 AM

    Mark, sounds really cool man. Looking forward to hearing more.
  10. Christian Ready

    #10 by Christian Ready - April 1, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    Great news, Mark! Can't wait to see what's coming down the road. I'm sure Gert and the gang are happy to have you on board!
  11. Steve 'Cutter' Blades

    #11 by Steve 'Cutter' Blades - April 1, 2009 at 9:05 AM

    Outstanding Mark! Congratulations. I look forward to watching this project grow and flourish.
  12. Mark Drew

    #12 by Mark Drew - April 1, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Thanks guys!

    I shall let you know how I am going on my current projects and if you have any new work you want to let me know about... you know where to get me :)
  13. Luc Texier

    #13 by Luc Texier - April 1, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Hello Mark,

    Great to see the whole Railo story flying even higher now!


    Luc Texier
    Senior Technical Development Manager
    JBoss, a division of RedHat
  14. Brandon Moser

    #14 by Brandon Moser - April 1, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Congrats Mark, I am definitely looking forward to Railo, your work and all that comes of it.
  15. Raymond Camden

    #15 by Raymond Camden - April 1, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Congrats Mark. Railo is a great product, you are a great guy, it is a match made in Heaven.
  16. dave

    #16 by dave - April 1, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    sorry bout that.... figured it was an april fools!
    congrats then!
    Glad to see it going in such a good direction with good leadership.
  17. jax

    #17 by jax - April 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM

    Railo is cool! Works like a charm. Damn hard to file a bug anywhere though. Jboss's Jira sucks big time when applying for an account (you need a *lot* of patience) , and the google group first needs to approve my request for membership.
    Kinda makes me loose interest to report a bug this way.
  18. Mark Drew

    #18 by Mark Drew - April 3, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    @Jax: We have to approve new users since there has been a lot of spam, and that is not nice is it? So trust me, I aprove people within a few minutes (unless I am sleeping) and there are other moderators for other timezones.

    Jira is what has been used for bug tracking so far, so for the moment we shall stick with it, but I am looking at the whole situation with that.

    Having run a number of public Trac SCM's, spam is the biggest pain that there is. So I apologise if you have been having issues.

    You can always email me mark.drew @ getrailo dot com
  19. Lorrie Tog

    #19 by Lorrie Tog - April 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Wow.. Congrats!

    I bet this hit Adam hard over at Adobe... once again - should've looked left!
  20. Unibands

    #20 by Unibands - May 20, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    This sounds great!

    I'm not too familiar with yourself and your blog, but anything progressing positively with Railo is a good thing I guess.

    Good luck and all the best for the future.


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