Open Source Liferay

Liferay, Inc.
is a professional open-source company that provides free documentation and paid professional service to users of its software. Mainly focused on enterprise portal technology, the company has its headquarters in Los Angeles, California, United States.


Liferay was created in 2000 by Chief Software Architect Brian Chan to provide an enterprise portal solution for non-profit organizations.[1] In 2006, the company was incorporated under the name Liferay, Inc., formalized its Germany subsidiary Liferay GmbH. In 2007, the company opened a new Asian headquarters in Dalian, China and the Spanish subsidiary Liferay SL. In March 2009, the company opened a new office in Bangalore, India.

The company's enterprise portal product has been acknowledged by several notable organizations. It was recognized by EContent magazine in its "EContent 100" list of industry leaders [2][3] and in 2007, InfoWorld named it a "Technology of the Year."[4] In July 2007, they announced a partnership with ICEsoft Technologies for developing Ajax technology for their enterprise portal software [5]. In January 2008, the company hired the lead engineer for jQuery UI, to exclusively work full-time on the JavaScript library.[6] Gartner recognised Liferay as visionary leader in a September 2008 Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products.[7]

Sun Microsystems and Liferay signed a technology-sharing agreement during May 2008. [8]. Sun Microsystems has rebranded the offering GlassFish Web Space Server. ZDNET.UK further describes the relationship in May 2008 article Sun and Liferay launch web-presentation platform. [9]

In October 2009 Liferay announced a technology partnership with IT Mill Ltd., provider of the Vaadin user interface library, to bundle it with future Liferay releases. [10]

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