Acquia Coverage

More developers are using Drupal than the next three highest scoring CMS platforms combined [June 20, 2012]

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Proprietary software solutions are facing a long-term decline as developers and IT executives look towards open source solutions, according to a new survey by Acquia and .net magazine.

The survey, which quizzed nearly 3000 developers from all over the world on a wide range of web design and development trends, revealed that 83% of respondents preferred using open source instead of traditional proprietary software.

The survey results indicate that open source adoption is continuing to increase due to web developers’ preference for using tools that have a strong online community, readily available add-ons and are cost effective and easy to use.

Final Card Details For Sunday's ROH "Best in the World" iPPV [June 18, 2012]

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Wrestle Zone

This Sunday June 24th, Ring of Honor Wrestling presents “Best in the World 2012: Hostage Crisis” live on iPPV!! Featuring the rematch between “Wrestling’s Worst Nightmare” Kevin Steen & Davey Richards for the ROH World Title, the iPPV broadcast will be made available for purchase later this week!

In order to provide our fans with the best iPPV experience possible, we have entered into a contract with Acquia, one of the most reputable Drupal Hosting and Performance companies, to resolve web performance issues and to migrate to their scalable hosting solution. A great deal of our resources are being employed to make sure this migration goes smoothly during the week and that all issues are resolved prior to Sunday afternoon’s iPPV broadcast. To help with any issues that may occur during the course of the event, we will also have an engineer on-hand to scale hardware resources or resolve any bottlenecks on the fly. Please bear with us this week, as we may need to take down rohwrestling.com for as 12-36 hours around Wednesday/Thursday to complete the migration successfully.

Acquia Goes Big in Boston [June 13, 2012]

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Acquia Goes Big in Boston

With the backing he received from American venture capital investors in 2007, Antwerp resident Dries Buytaert (33) established in Boston Acquia, a company that offers Drupal content management services, software developed by Buytaert himself and used by webmasters to build and manage their websites. The software is free and hundreds of thousands of developers around the globe are constantly working on improving the programme. Acquia does not build websites, but assists businesses with the maintenance, monitoring and safeguarding of their websites.

Why I had it all wrong about Boston's high-tech scene [June 15, 2012]

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- I'm at a crowded tech schmoozefest, and Tim Rowe, the pied piper of local startups, is giving me a serious talking-to about my blase attitude toward the local tech industry.

"I'd like you to think about what you're saying and look at the facts," Rowe says with growing intensity. "I think you're going to see your perception and the facts don't add up."

No startup culture? Look around here in the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square, ground zero for New England startups, Rowe says. There are about seven floors filled with nearly 450 startups and offices for two major venture capital firms, Charles River Ventures and Highland Partners. And there's more academic research and development spending in Cambridge than any other part of the country, including the San Francisco Bay Area.
It's true. About $4 billion annually just in Cambridge versus $1.3 billion in the Bay Area, according to the National Science Foundation. And that stuff in the college labs, we all know, often leads to game-changing companies like Google.

Maxim, Drupal, And The Hometown Hotties [June 11, 2012]

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Information Week

Moving the men's magazine website to Drupal has given Maxim's Web developers more flexibility, including the ability to add social features to online events such as voting for "hot hometown girls."

This year's Maxim Hometown Hotties get to strike a pose on maxim.com thanks to Drupal, which replaced the site's previous Java-powered content management system (CMS) in January.

Maxim's current Hometown Hotties competition, in which women from across the country submitted pictures and profiles, is one example of the most dynamic content now featured on the site, according to Michael Le Du, CTO of Alpha Media Group, the publisher of Maxim. Maxim is a leader in the new generation of men's magazines that favor lingerie over nudity, combined with content catering to other young men's interests, such as sports, gaming, gadgets, and, of course, sex advice. Maxim's most famous reader-awarded contest, the Hot 100, just released its list of the most beautiful women (oddly, including Stephen Colbert at #69), but Le Du said Hometown Hotties is a better example of a something new Maxim was able to implement more easily thanks to Drupal. The contest is not new, but this is the first time it's been hosted on maxim.com.

Acquia Video: Maxim Magazine

Insurance Technology - MetLife Brazil Picks Ci&T Application Management Services [June 7, 2012]

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Insurance Technology

Ci&T has provided application management services to MetLife Brazil, a life insurance company, to guarantee constant availability of mission-critical applications and allow the IT team to focus directly on business-exclusive activities.

Breno Gomes, chief technology officer at MetLife Brazil, noted that application support is a big issue for many companies, and that the greatest benefit is that Ci&T offers metrics and reports with deep analysis allowing the company to identify the source of problems and resolve them quickly.

Ci&T’s expertise in application development makes it the perfect partner to not only build applications, but to manage them as well. The company’s teams employ agile methodologies and Lean principles to deliver value-generating projects for companies of all sizes, by leveraging the latest mobile, cloud and Web technologies.

To MetLife Brazil, the company’s teams deliver application management services. They also provide ongoing support for many applications within the organization, according to company officials.

How Elastic Load Balancing works in Amazon Web Services [May 31, 2012]

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How Elastic Load Balancing works in Amazon Web Services

Network pain affects every IT manager.

  • Network hardware like load balancers are expensive.
  • Network design is complex, especially sprawling enterprise networks and multi-tenant ISP networks.
  • Expertise is required to keep them running.

Any company that can ease this pain is onto a good thing. Virtualizing network technology is a hot cloud topic that companies like Embrane, Nicira and Big Switch Networks are in the middle of. The next piece of virtual networking technology for me to deal with is a load balancer. Here, I talk about load balancing in general, and later I will use the AWS console to add a virtual load balancer to my new pair of Drupal instances.

Margaritas and Tacos Beneath the Bridge [May 25, 2012]

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Margaritas and Tacos Beneath the Bridge

IN THE SEATS

In the slightly damp backyard — the river birch trees were shedding — three Brooklyn co-workers from Acquia, a software firm based in Boston with a Dumbo outpost, camped out at a silver table lighted by a hurricane candle and passing patches of blue sky on a rainless Wednesday evening: Lisa Rex, 38, a software designer from Cobble Hill; Ezra Gildesgame, 25, a software engineer and product manager from South Park Slope; and Ben Jeavons, 28, a senior software engineer from Park Slope. They were in the mood to dine Mexican and alfresco. “We needed some fresh air and some fresh food,” Mr. Jeavons said.

How Elastic Load Balancing works in Amazon Web Services [May 31, 2012]

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ZD Net

Network pain affects every IT manager.

  • Network hardware like load balancers are expensive.
  • Network design is complex, especially sprawling enterprise networks and multi-tenant ISP networks.
  • Expertise is required to keep them running.

Any company that can ease this pain is onto a good thing. Virtualizing network technology is a hot cloud topic that companies like Embrane, Nicira and Big Switch Networks are in the middle of. The next piece of virtual networking technology for me to deal with is a load balancer. Here, I talk about load balancing in general, and later I will use the AWS console to add a virtual load balancer to my new pair of Drupal instances.

Drupal 8 : les nouveautés techniques commentées par Dries Buytaert [29 mai 2012]

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LeJournalduNet

Lors de l'entretien qu'il nous a accordé jeudi 24 mai à l'occasion de sa venue en France, Dries Buytaert a détaillé les évolutions techniques du futur Drupal 8. Aux côté de l'intégration de HTML5 en natif, "l'évolution principale de cette nouvelle version portera sur la mobilité", a-t-il insisté.

"Drupal 8 permettra d'une part de prendre en charge des applications natives pour les mobiles, avec une intégration par le biais de Web Services RESTfull, d'autre part de bénéficier d'une expérience avancée en termes de navigateurs Web mobiles via des implémentations de HTML5 adaptées à ce type d'écran." (lire l'interview de Dries Buytaert sur la politique produits d'Acquia publiée sur JDN Solutions, dans laquelle il aborde les évolutions fonctionnelles de Drupal 8).

Sous le capot, la principale évolution de Drupal 8 concerne son rapprochement avec le framework PHP français Symfony. "Nous avons beaucoup travaillé sur le sujet avec Sensio Labs, et les équipes de Fabien Potencier", explique Dries Buytaert. "Symfony a été choisi car il s'agit d'une infrastructure PHP robuste, sans doute l'une des plus robustes dans le monde."

NYSE Relies on Open Source for Growth [May 28, 2012]

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The announcement by NYSE Technologies, the commercial technology division of NYSE Euronext, that it is expanding the terms of its partnership with the Warsaw Stock Exchange, illustrates how the exchange company expects to significantly increase revenue by commercializing its own technology.

NYXT, as the unit is known internally, generated $490 million in revenue in 2011, up from $444 million in 2010 and $363 million in 2009. Management says the company is on track to hit $1 billion in revenues by 2015. NYSE also sees commercialization of its technology as a wedge allowing it to develop relationships with blue chip customers for its financial exchange businesses.

Bob Kerner, chief digital officer for NYSE, says the technology organization has been able to ramp up to support this aggressive growth strategy by using Drupal, an open source application used to build web sites and tools for collaboration and knowledge management. Drupal was first released in 2001, but has gained in popularity since 2007. Kerner’s team also uses a software development methodology called Agile, which is characterized by rapid, iterative development cycles and close collaboration between developers and their internal customers.

Make life easier with Drupal [May 28, 2012]

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Mark Newton shows how the open source content management system can make life easier for you and your clients
There are many different ways to build a website these days. When I first started in this business, you wrote HTML files directly onto a local web server and, if it all looked good, then uploaded these files to the live web server.

Later, the introduction of scripting languages made the need for such a staging server all the greater, because links between pages and menus were (and often still are) hand-coded, and so in danger of becoming broken.

Le fondateur de Drupal à Radio France [27 mai 2012]

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France Inter

L'histoire de Drupal est une belle histoire. C'est l'histoire d'une idée née il y a 12 ans dans la tête d'un étudiant belge, une idée devenue aujourd'hui un outil de référence pour les créateurs de sites Internet. Drupal, c'est quoi ? réponse : un CMS. Mais encore... Selon la définition de la communauté française Drupal, composée de "Drupalists", Drupal est "un logiciel qui permet aux individus comme aux communautés d'utilisateurs de publier facilement, de gérer et d'organiser un vaste éventail de contenus sur un site web". Pour simplifier : Drupal est un outil opensource, c'est à dire gratuit qui est pris en main et amélioré par des miliers de développeurs dans le but de permettre de mettre sur pied des sites Internet de tous types (e-commerce, médias...) : La Maison blanche, voyages-sncf, The Economist, Le Figaro, Slate et Radio France ont par exemple choisi Drupal. L'histoire de Drupal, c'est donc l'histoire de l'idée d'un créateur devenue un outil mondial. Ce créateur a aujourd'hui 33 ans. Il s'appelle Dries Buytaert. D'origine belge, il vit désormais à Boston où il gère Acquia, une entreprise de support dédiée aux utilisateurs de Drupal, un buisness donc, créé à partir d'une idée gratuite. A l'initiative de la Direction des Nouveaux médias de Radio France, Dries Buytaert était de passage à la Maison ronde la semaine dernière. Rencontre avec un geek devenu entrepreneur.

Interview Drupal : retour sur l'aventure du CMS open source La suite sur Clubic.com : Interview Drupal : retour sur l'aventure du CMS open source [25 Mai 2012 ]

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Clubic

Avec une communauté de plus de 630 000 développeurs, dont plus de 16 000 en France, Drupal est l'un des leaders du marché du CMS (outil de gestion et de publication de contenus) et a su développer un modèle économique articulé autour de l'open source. C'est la société Acquia, fondée en 2007 et comptant 200 salariés à travers le monde, qui propose ses diverses solutions en ciblant principalement les entreprises. En France, Acquia est dirigée par Cyril Reinard et compte parmi ses clients la SNCF ou LaPoste. Aujourd'hui Drupal serait utilisé sur 1,5 million de sites web dont plus de 11 000 en France.

De passage à Paris, Dries Buytaert, le créateur de Drupal, a accepté de répondre à nos questions.

Comment se positionne Drupal sur le marché mondial des CMS ?

Dries Buytaert : Il existe des centaines de CMS. Aujourd'hui un site sur cinquante utilise Drupal. C'est l'un des CMS les plus importants et seul Wordpress possède une part de marché plus élevée. Drupal se placerait donc en seconde position. En revanche nous ne sommes pas vraiment en concurrence avec Wordpress. Typiquement Wordpress est pensé pour les sites plus petits et nous nous focalisons sur les sites plus complexes.

Dries Buytaert (Acquia) "Drupal 8 s'oriente vers HTML5 et la mobilité [24 mai 2012]

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LeJournal DuNet

Le créateur de Drupal est en France pour annoncer le lancement de la filiale française de la société de services qu'il a créée. Il revient pour nous sur les évolutions à venir du CMS Open Source.

Le créateur de Drupal, et directeur technique et fondateur de la société de services Acquia, Dries Buytaert revient sur les dernières évolutions de Drupal, et les nouveautés à venir dans Drupal 8. Le 25 mai Dries Buytaert devait annoncé officiellement le lancement d'une filiale en France.

The API-ificiation of software – and LEGOs [May 28, 2012]

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Monday, May 28, 2012
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Gigaom

Today everything has an API. Facebook has hundreds of APIs across such social areas as friends, photos, likes and events. Google has thousands of APIs across search/AdWords, Web analytics, YouTube, maps, email and many more. Amazon has APIs that cover the spectrum from Alexa Web traffic rankings to e-commerce product and pricing information and even the ability to start and stop individual machines. I spent a decade architecting and building component and services based software, and another decade after that evaluating and investing in infrastructure software, I believe this mobile and cloud influenced wave of RESTful service-oriented software may finally live up to its initial promise.

Although the majority of API attention has centered on consumer Web services, an emerging cadre of startups are focused on infrastructure and business processes. These newcomers are providing a broad range of critical services neatly packaged as frameworks or APIs. Some of these companies, such as Salesforce and Google Maps, are next generation SaaS providers that have built solutions to serve both end users and developers. Others, including Mailchimp and Twilio, are pure play offerings that solely target developers as customers.

2012 Future of Open Source Survey Results Are In [May 25, 2012]

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Gigaom

The Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) is in full swing in San Francisco this week, and, in conjunction with it, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners are out with the results of their 2012 Future of Open Source Survey. These annual surveys have a good record of picking key open source trends and providing good forecasts. For example, the same survey has made accurate predictions about the cloud computing and mobile technology scenes in recent years, as well as the rise of open source Business Intelligence software. Here are some of the findings from the 2012 survey.

There were 740 respondents for this year's survey, and non-vendors made up 59 percent of respondents. Among respondents, 62 percent said that open source applications and platforms represented more than half of their software deployments. When asked what makes open source attractive, respondents said "freedom from vendor lock-in," "lower costs," and "quality," were paramount.

Web Optimization Firm Yottaa Closes $9M Series B Funding Round [May 22, 2012]

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Web Host Industry Review

Web optimization provider Yottaa announced on Tuesday that it has closed $9 million in Series B funding. The round of funding will be used towards accelerating the delivery of its services that optimize, protect and monitor websites for SMBs, and other organizations.

Existing Yottaa investors, General Catalyst Partners, Stata Venture Partners and Cambridge West Ventures participated in the round, and were joined by an additional undisclosed investor.

This funding round comes a week after Yottaa launched its solution for mobile acceleration, combining its patented front-end optimization service with a global content delivery network. Its mobile acceleration solution currently has more than 30 million users, according to the press release.

Web hosts that are looking for a solution that combines site speed optimization, mobile optimization and a CDN may consider partnering with Yottaa. The referral or reseller program could be a fit for web hosts that want to deliver faster websites to their customers. HostMySite ad Acquia are existing Yottaa partners.

Sixth Annual Future Of Open Source Survey Results Point to Era of “Open Innovation On Demand” [May 21, 2012]

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Black Duck Software

Open Source Fueling Innovation in Mobile and Cloud; Quality a Top Reason for Enterprise Adoption

Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), SAN FRANCISCO – May 21, 2012 North Bridge Venture Partners and Black Duck Software today announced the results of the sixth annual Future of Open Source Survey. Conducted in partnership with The 451 Group, the 2012 survey reveals that open source software (OSS) is leading innovation in major technology segments including mobile, cloud and big data, as well as creating innovative business models such as Open SaaS. The quality of open source, and the ability to continuously improve, is now one of the top reasons for its adoption.

"The 2012 Future of Open Source Survey reveals the OSS market is thriving. This year's results show an important shift in respondents' view of OSS, focusing less on cost and more on how OSS can innovate and help create industries. Taken together with applications like mobile and enabled by cloud, we are entering an exciting new era of 'Open Innovation on Demand,' where not only can OSS innovate faster, it can be deployed immediately and consumed as a service from the cloud," said Michael Skok, General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners.

Innovative Technology Leaders Show Support For NetSuite SuiteCommerce [May 15, 2012]

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Yahoo FInance

SAN FRANCISCO, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NetSuite SuiteWorld 2012 -- NetSuite Inc. (N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today announced that leading technology innovators have embraced the NetSuite "Commerce as a Service" (CaaS) initiative and the new NetSuite SuiteCommerce platform, delivering next-generation commerce solutions and integrations that enrich the platform with valued-added functionality such as social ratings, reviews and conversations, social CRM, product data and image syndication, personalized product recommendations, rich media management, mobile device payments, and credit card payment processing. NetSuite "Commerce as a Service" (CaaS) enables businesses to manage their interactions with other businesses and directly with consumers via a cloud platform that delivers a desired customer experience, via any current device, directly on the core NetSuite ERP/CRM business management application. At the heart of CaaS is NetSuite SuiteCommerce, a new commerce-aware platform that provides a central system to manage all transactions with consumers and other businesses regardless of touchpoint (website, smart phone, tablet, or social media site).

These landmark partnerships between NetSuite and disruptive technology providers that are helping reshape commerce, such as Square, Stripe, Acquia, Bazaarvoice, GoDataFeed, MyBuys, Shotfarm and Velaro, strengthen the CaaS initiative and the SuiteCommerce platform, which combines a state-of-the-art Web storefront with a central system to manage all B2C and B2B transactions across any touchpoint, including websites, smartphones, tablets, social media and physical point of sale (POS). Operating directly on the core NetSuite ERP/CRM business management application, SuiteCommerce is designed to address the limitations and complexity of first-generation commerce systems to enable merchants to streamline business processes, build relationships with built-in marketing tools and immerse customers in a richly interactive and intuitive shopping experience.

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