Acquia Coverage

Has cash corrupted open source? [Aug 24, 2012]

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The Register

Open ... and Shut There once was a time when open source was all about peace, love, and Linux, a bottom-up community of self-selecting hackers that chummed together for the love of good code.

As soon as Linux hit pay dirt, the nature of the open-source community changed forever. Today it is virtually impossible for a successful open-source project to hit critical mass without being consumed by venture capital dollars.

Is this a good thing?

The thought struck me when reading Brian Proffitt's excellent analysis of how "OpenStack is no Linux". Proffitt's point is that "the destiny of OpenStack has been very heavily involved with commercial interests from the very start" - unlike Linux, which only attracted commercial interest later in its development. The implicit accusation feels a bit Lloyd Bentsen-esque: "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy."

NIST could move to Drupal [Aug 16, 2012]

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Federal Computer Week

Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology could soon be saying goodbye to the agency's proprietary content management system as they consider migrating NIST's external website to an open source solution.

According to a solicitation notice first posted Aug. 3 on the Federal Business Opportunities website, NIST officials have launched a Drupal Web Content Management (WCM) Pilot project to get the necessary expertise and to zero in on requirements needed to move the NIST external website to a cloud-based Drupal web content management system.

Some of the major goals of the pilot include:

• Define NIST functional and technical requirements for WCM.
• Identify security requirements needed for migrating to a Drupal cloud solution.
• Determine if Drupal will satisfy NIST web development needs.
• Assess cost, time lines and business case information necessary for migration.
• Pinpoint the challenges in moving to a Drupal cloud solution.

Acquia Buys Mollom, Offers Social Content Moderation Platform [Aug 14, 2012]

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CMS Wire

Acquia has just announced that it is buying content monitoring vendor Mollom. With Mollom, Acquia says it will be able to build the first social content moderation platform that will ensure the quality of content that appears on client’s websites.

If you have already heard Mollom mentioned in the context of Acquia, it may be because Mollom was co-founded by Benjamin Schrauwen and Dries Buytaert, who is also the co-founder and current CTO of Acquia.

In fact it was because of this link that the two companies were finally merged. In a blog post by Buytaert, he said it made a lot of sense. Both he and Schrauwen were trying to raise capital for Mollom to help fund future product development and expand operations.

Acquia Buys Mollom for Spam Management [Aug 14, 2012]

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VentureWire

Acquia Inc., a venture-backed provider of content management software, has bought content monitoring company Mollom BVBA to boost its ability to manage user-generated content.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed in a news release....

Drupal Company Acquires Akismet Competitor Mollom To Kill Spam Dead [Aug 14, 2012]

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TechCrunch

Today Acquia, the company co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert to commercialize the open source content management system, acquired Mollom, a spam filtering service also co-founded by Buytaert. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Acquia CEO Tom Erickson tells me the Mollom service will continue to be available for non-Drupal users and pricing will remain unchanged.

Mollom competes with Akismet, the comment spam filtering service provided by WordPress backers Automattic. But Erickson downplays the role that competing with Automattic plays in the acquisition, saying that Drupal generally doesn’t compete head-to-head with WordPress. He says Drupal tends to be used for large sites while WordPress is used for blogs and small sites.

Acquia Acquires Mollom for “Community-Backed Content Moderation Platform” [Aug 14, 2012]

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Xconomy

Burlington, MA-based Acquia, a provider of enterprise-level software and services for the open source, social Web publishing system Drupal, is revealing this morning that it has acquired spam-blocking software maker Mollom. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, but it appears that the deal is more of a strategic play for both companies than a big startup exit, given that Mollom was co-founded by Acquia CTO and co-founder Dries Buytaert, also Drupal’s original author.

Mollom is a machine-learning play that evaluates user-submitted content—like comments, videos, or software code—on websites and determines the trustworthiness of the source based on parameters a company has set. It requires a CAPTCHA authentication of submissions that look suspicious, and learns from previous instances.

Drupal : Rachat de l’antispam Mollom, concurrent d’Akismet [14 août 2012]

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Weblife

La société Acquia, co-fondatrice du célèbre système de gestion de contenu Drupal, vient tout juste d’annoncer l’acquisition d’une solution antispam nommée Mollom. A l’instar d’Akismet, bien connu des utilisateurs du CMS WordPress, l’idée est de proposer une solide protection au fléau des messages indésirables qui envahissent internet.

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Dries Buytaert brengt Mollom onder bij Acquia [14 augustus 2012]

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Datanews

De Belgische Drupal-bedenker Dries Buytaert voegt zijn ene geesteskind samen met het andere.

Binnen Mollom, met eigen middelen opgestart in 2008, ontwikkelden Dries Buytaert en Benjamin Schrauwen een gesofisticeerde spamfilter voor websites, met als doel op een geautomatiseerde, productieve manier enkel kwalitatieve content toe te laten. "Sinds we startten hebben we bijna een miljard spamboodschappen geblokkeerd", meldt Buytaert in een blog. Het bedrijf telt intussen 6 mensen en heeft grote kleppers als Sony Music, Adobe, Fox News, Oxfam, Twitter, Stanford University en Warner Records als klant.

Acquia Acquires Mollom to Launch First Content Moderation Platform for the Enterprise [Aug 14, 2012]

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Global Security Mag

Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, announced it has acquired Mollom, a leading provider of content monitoring solutions for user-generated content. Mollom was co-founded by Benjamin Schrauwen and Dries Buytaert, who is the co-founder and CTO of Acquia, and the original creator and project lead for Drupal. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The acquisition will fuel Acquia’s continued momentum by expanding its offerings. Mollom’s technology is used by Twitter, Sony Music, Tuenti, Radian6, Thomson Reuters, Stanford University and more than 50,000 other web sites. In addition, Mollom’s analytics technology will enable Acquia to build the Internet’s first social content moderation platform, which will help both Drupal and non-Drupal users filter spam and other unwanted or damaging user-generated content from their web sites.

Since 2008, Mollom has blocked almost a billion spam messages, and 78 percent of all the comments on the sites it protects are spam.

Drupal-dienstverlener Acquia koopt Mollom [14 augustus 2012]

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Computable

Drupal-dienstverlener Acquia neemt voor een onbekend bedrag Mollom over, een aanbieder van content monitoringoplossingen voor user-generated content. Mollom is opgericht door Benjamin Schrauwen en Dries Buytaert; die laatste is mede-oprichter en cto van Acquia en de oorspronkelijke ontwikkelaar en projectleider van Drupal.

Met de overname denkt Acquia zijn aanbod te kunnen uitbreiden. De technologie van Mollom wordt gebruikt door Twitter, Sony Music, Tuenti, Radian6, Thomson Reuters, Stanford University en meer dan vijftigduizend andere websites. Bovendien heeft Acquia nu met de analysetechnologie van Mollom het naar eigen zeggen eerste moderationplatform voor sociale content op het internet. Hiermee kunnen zowel gebruikers als niet-gebruikers van Drupal spam en andere ongewenste of schadelijke user-generated content van hun websites filteren. Mollom heeft sinds 2008 bijna een miljard spamberichten geblokkeerd. 78 procent van alle reacties op de sites die Mollom beschermt zijn spamberichten.

Mollom verkoopt zich aan grootste klant [14 augustus 2012]

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Trends.be

Mollom, het spambeveilingsbedrijf dat werd uitgeroepen tot Trends Starter van het Jaar in de provincie Antwerpen, is verkocht aan Acquia, een Amerikaans-Belgisch bedrijf dat al de grootste klant van Mollom was.

De overname is een gevolg van een nieuw product dat Mollom heeft ontwikkeld en dat eind september officieel wordt gelanceerd, zegt Benjamin Schrauwen, de hoofdontwikkelaar van Mollom. Hij richtte het bedrijf op samen met Dries Buytaert. Buytaert is zelf oprichter van Acquia, al betrok hij bij de uitbouw van dat bedrijf naast 250 mensen ook de Amerikaanse risicokapitaalbedrijven North Bridge Venture Partners and Sigma Partners.

Acquia buys Mollom to build bigger, better content moderation [Aug 14, 2012]

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Gigaom

Together Acquia and Mollom say they can build a content moderation platform that will let organizations manage user-generated content for many sites from a single dashboard. Acquia’s Bryan House said Mollom will also continue to support third-party (non-Acquia) content management systems.

Acquia, which offers a commercial version of the Drupal content management system, is buying Mollom, which provides spam-prevention and other content cleansing capabilities. The companies have many things in common, not the least of which is that they share a founder in Dries Buytaert.

The goal of the convergence is to build a robust content moderation platform that will let organizations that host multiple sites moderate content for all of them from a single dashboard, said Bryan House, VP of product marketing for Burlington, MA.-based Acquia.

What's Coming for Open Source CMS in August 2012 [July 31, 2012]

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CMS Wire

In July, the Drupal (news, site) project continued work toward Drupal 8, which included creating a Getting Involved page for those who want more information, or would like to help. Anyone who'd like to know what the current focuses are in the process would do well to check this page out.

Drupal 8 project leads are also looking for community feedback on the issue of a proposed plugin system. They're looking for feedback on the issue of how well (or poorly) the system works as it stands now, for Drupal 8, for both plugin writing and plugin type writing.

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) was selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global 250 winners. Global 250 companies were selected based on a set of five criteria: "innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz."

Acquia also partnered with Janrain to bring social logins to its Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform, and made some improvements to its Acquia Search offering. Anyone interested in making Drupal and Apache Solr (news, site) work well together might want to check out Nick Veenhof's blog post on the subject.

DrupalCon Munich is coming on August 20 - 24. This event is expected to host over 1800 attendees, and is following the theme "Open up! Connecting Systems and People."

Janrain Partners with Acquia to Provide Social Authentication and Sharing for Enterprise Drupal Gardens [July 25, 2012]

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Janrain

Portland, OR July 25, 2012 –Janrain, the leading provider of User Management solutions for the social web, and Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced that Acquia has selected Janrain to power social login and sharing across its Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform. With this new partnership, Janrain will power social login for thousands of new sites built on the OpenSaaS Enterprise Drupal Gardens platform. This partnership enables digital marketers to provide compelling and engaging experiences for their site visitors.

“The importance and value of social login and sharing is just beginning to be understood within the market,” said Larry Drebes, CEO of Janrain. “Our solution helps businesses to easily convert anonymous web visitors to known, registered users and gain access to rich social profile data that can be used to increase engagement and brand advocacy from those consumers. With this partnership, Acquia customers can enjoy the benefits of social login and sharing.”

“Digital marketers are choosing Enterprise Drupal Gardens to create a turnkey site factory to accelerate the delivery of marketing websites to engage with customers,” said Bryan House, vice president of product marketing at Acquia. “By partnering with Janrain, we are able to offer a market-leading social authentication and sharing platform deeply integrated in the Drupal Gardens site experience.”

"The combination of Janrain and Acquia's Enterprise Drupal Gardens is enabling us to create the best social registration and sharing experience for fans that we've ever had, while eliminating most of the integration challenges we faced in the past." said Ryan Garner, VP of D2C Services at Warner Music Group. "This partnership is proving to be a win win for fans and artists."

DrupalCon 2012 fin août à Munich [16 juillet 2012]

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Toolinux

Munich accueillera la conférence DrupalCon 2012, l’un des plus grands rendez-vous internationaux pour les développeurs Web. Et un français, Acquia, est l’un des sponsors de cet événement de mise en valeur de la gestion de contenu open source.

Acquia se rapproche des utilisateurs français de Drupal [4 juillet 2012]

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Collaboratif-info

C'est la solution de gestion de contenu Open Source la plus déployée par les grandes entreprises françaises et elle se classe en troisième position dans les plus petites, selon une étude récente de l'intégrateur Smile. Une bonne raison pour Acquia, la société fondée par le créateur de Drupal, Dries Buytaert, afin de jouer le rôle d'éditeur pour la distribution libre, de s'implanter en France, ce qu'elle a fait le 25 mai dernier. Collaboratif-info a rencontré Cyril Reinhard, le directeur France et Europe du sud d'Acquia.

Autant Drupal jouit d'une bonne notoriété en France, autant Acquia y reste encore peu connue. Quelle est son périmètre d'intervention ?
Cyril Reinhard : Elle comble un vide par rapport aux besoins des entreprises utilisatrices de Drupal ou à celles qui souhaiteraient y venir mais s'interrogent sur sa pérennité. Acquia garantit le support du corps et des modules de Drupal, elle travaille sur sa roadmap et offre également un certain nombre de services à valeur ajoutée pour réussir un projet Drupal.

Drupal enjoys rocketing growth [June 29, 2012]

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IT World

June 29, 2012, 11:53 AM — While Red Hat remains the poster child for open source success stories, at least in the eyes of the business world, Drupal vendor Acquia has quietly been enjoying phenomenal growth and accolades of its own.

The Burlington, MA-based startup has hired over 50 new employees since the start of the year, and plans to hire at least 50 more in the third quarter alone, according to a tweet from CTO and co-founder Dries Buytaert this morning.

The Drupal content management system is one of the most popular CMS in the world today and, like competing platforms Joomla! and WordPress, is open source. Acquia is the commercial vendor of Drupal, which Buytaert co-founded in 2007.

In the ensuing four years, Acquia has picked up $38.5 million in venture cap funding and has well over 2,000 customers. Not only does Acquia provide the usual sort of support for Drupal deployments, but it also hosts websites on its Drupal Gardens service, and provides elastic Managed Cloud hosting services.

Meanwhile, the Drupal community has done spectacularly well, too. The non-profit Drupal Association, started in 2006, has become one of the largest open source communities in the world.

"We have supported the Drupal community in its exponential growth from 70,000 members to over 800,000 and from 700 committers to over 18,000. And we are just getting started," Buytaert wrote in a blog entry this week.

Acquia Achieves SSAE 16: Does It Really Matter [June 26, 2012]

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CMS Wire

Acquia Achieves SSAE 16: Does It Really Matter

Acquia, which provides enterprise products and services for open source content management system (CMS) Drupal, has become one of the latest cloud vendors to complete SSAE 16 (SOC1) certification. The certification signals that a company has controls and procedures to secure and control content hosted on its platform. Are industry certifications like SSAE 16 enough to attract enterprises away from private cloud implementations?

Acquia Completes SSAE 16 Examination [June 26, 2012]

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Compliance Week

Acquia Completes SSAE 16 Examination

Acquia, the enterprise guide to open-source content management system Drupal, announced that it has recently completed and obtained a service auditor's review for the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16.

SSAE 16, which replaces the previous SAS70 auditing standard, is a regulatory standard issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A critical component in achieving SSAE 16 compliance is an organization's ability to reduce risk and provide clients with controlled security measures.

Drupal's popularity growing in government [June 22, 2012]

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Government Computer News

Drupal is one of the more popular open-source content management systems used by the federal government. Just how popular the software is in the public sector was outlined by an infographic recently released by Aquia.

Drupal is used throughout the federal government, said Jessica Richmond, Acquia’s senior director of government professional services. According to Acquia, 24 percent of all .gov websites use Drupal. The software is an important part of the Digital Government strategy, which is using it to help consolidate multiple platforms and websites, she said.

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