Acquia Coverage

Drupal looks beyond open source zealots

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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The Register

Every few years, Drupal violates one of the industry's most sacred rules: don't break your APIs.

The next version of the popular open source content management system – Drupal 7 – will do just that. And more. It will offer a redesigned user interface that targets – gasp! – non-technical users. It will hide features that devs know and love.

Acquia releases Drupal Commons open source social software suite

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Fierce Content Management

Acquia released a new social software suite this week they are calling Drupal Commons. It's an open-source alternative to the proprietary Enterprise 2.0 suites we've written about quite often here. Acquia's Jay Batson was full of optimism about it when he wrote: "Time--once again--for open source to go blow the doors off another proprietary software cathedral." In this case, the cathedral is social software suites.

Rolling Your Own Social Network

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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IT Business Edge

There has been a fundamental shift away from e-mail in favor of social networks where people can more readily communicate with groups of their peers.

Commercialization of volunteer-driven open source projects

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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InfoWorld

In the open source software community, there's considerable nervousness about paying people to work on volunteer-driven projects. For example, Joomla recently hired some developers to work on its core software, a decision that has caused much debate in the Joomla community.

Gluster's Open Source Storage Solutions Selected by Acquia

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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InfoTech

Acquia, a commercial open source software company that provides products, services and technical support for the open source Drupal social publishing system, has selected Gluster's open source storage solutions.

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Restore The Gulf - US Government Site Hosted on Amazon EC2

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Amazon Web Services Blog

Ho hum - another web site (pictured at right) running on Amazon EC2. No big deal, right?

Actually, it is a pretty big deal.

Take look at the top left of the site. What does it say?

An Official Website of the United States Government

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Moving content to the cloud

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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emedia vitals

Massive server racks are less common décor for publishers, as cloud-based services have become an efficient way to host and manage Web content.

Drupal Commons: Interview with Jay Batson of Acquia

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Online Community Report

With the impressive rise of Drupal over the past several years, a number of consulting and integration firms have emerged with specific expertise in Drupal. The best known of these is Acquia, the “commercial arm” of Drupal, providing products, services, and technical support. Recently Acquia began distributing a community platform called “Commons”. We caught up with co-founder Jay Batson to ask about Commons, and its role in the online community sector.

A New Open-Source Model For SaaS

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Forbes

The tension between configuration and programming is an enduring problem that is familiar to anyone who has had to attempt to run their business using a software application. Drupal Gardens is combining principles of open source to the Software as a Service model to find a way to get the best of both worlds.

Six Secrets of Open Source Community Building

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Internet News

The Drupal content management system (CMS) is one of the most successful open source projects on the Internet today, thanks in no small part to its community.

Drupal 7 nears release candidate stage

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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InfoWorld

Drupal 7, the next major version of the popular open source content management system, could reach a release candidate stage as early as this week, the founder of the system said on Wednesday.

Acquia a success

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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ZD Net

The fact that Drupal creator Dries Buytaert’s Acquia is a success is not news.
The size of that success can be difficult to measure, given the company remains in private hands. But today we have some numbers and the answer is it’s pretty successful.

Drupal Founder on Why Open Source is Good for Business

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Mashable

Fresh off of an $8.5 million round of funding that was announced earlier today, Acquia co-founder Dries Buytaert is feeling pretty good about the open source business model. The company that he co-founded in 2007 sells software and products that leverage Drupal, the open source project he started in 2000.

Acquia, Woburn company that helps Web publishers build social sites, raises $8.5 million C round

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Innovation Economy - Boston Globe

Techies know that Drupal is more than just fun to say; it's also an open source software platform that people use to build and manage Web sites — especially sites where users can contribute content and participate in online communities. Drupal was originally created almost a decade ago by Dries Buytaert, a Belgian computer scientist.

Commercial Open Source Software Company Acquia Raises $8.5 Million More

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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TechCrunch

Acquia, a Boston-based commercial open source software company that provides a set of tools and network services for the Drupal social publishing system, has raised $8.5 million in third-round funding. The financing comes from existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners together with Acquia CEO Tom Erickson.

Are The CMS Wars About To Heat Up?

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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InformationWeek.com

I had the chance to meet with Drupal CMS creator Dries Buytaert at the SXSW conference last week. After the chat with Buytaert, I started to wonder if a CMS war is on the horizon.

The Next Wave Of SaaS

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Forbes

The distributed, open-source SaaS model will expand the range of available software.

Right now if you think about the way software-as-a-service is delivered, Salesforce.com, NetSuite and Google are the most commonly cited examples. All these companies deliver their software using what is known as the multitenant model. Just as multitenant software knocked on-premise vendors for a loop, new distributed, open-source models for delivery of SaaS software will have a powerful impact.

Acquia tries to mainstream Drupal with Drupal Gardens

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Fierce Content Management

Acquia announced recently they were releasing a new tool called Drupal Gardens that makes it easier to create websites using the popular open source Drupal platform. In a recent blog post Acquia VP of Marketing, Lynne Capozzi wrote about how, rightly or wrongly, some people are intimidated by the idea of building a website using a tool like Drupal.

It's great for the power users who can build an understanding of how site building in Drupal works, but Drupal Gardens puts this in the hands of less technical end users. It provides an easy path to creating the site, then choosing a theme (either provided or one you create on your own), color schemes, fonts and so forth.

7 Questions Key To Social Networking Success

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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InformationWeek

Social networking true believers use words like engagement, responsibility, and transparency that smack of the Internet's hippie days in the late 1990s, yet social networking has proved to be much more than a passing fancy. The exploding numbers associated with the most popular sites like Facebook and Twitter inspire awe in even the most jaded statisticians. Time spent on social networks increased 277% in the United States last year, according to media research firm Nielsen, and Twitter itself grew more than 500%.
Now the social media category is primed to emerge as the most significant business enabler since the Internet itself. Organizations must ask themselves seven important questions about their plans for leveraging social networking over the next 12 months. Their answers may spell the difference between success and failure in the coming decade.

Drupal's Dries Buytaert on Building the Next Drupal

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Monday, March 30, 2015
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IT World

Among the many open source projects on the upswing is Drupal, a content management system written in PHP; Drupal has attracted a lot of attention from developers and mindshare among end users. This week, when Drupal 7 was about to go into Alpha test, I spoke with Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal and also the founder of the Drupal services company, Acquia. We discussed several topics, from community building to Drupal's role in e-government to lessons that other open source communities can learn from Drupal's success.

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