I have to admit that I love to tinker with things. When I started playing with Linux first about 10 years ago, I realized that here was a "toy" that I'd be able to enjoy for a long, long time. I've often worked on server configuration and always had a lot of fun making servers work for big sites.
That said, I took Acquia's Dev Cloud for a spin and really like it. No hassles, it really has to be the simplest high-traffic ready system I've ever used.
If you don't know Dev Cloud, its a Drupal specific web hosting system. You get three separate "server environments" for each site - development, testing and live production. There is a web-based deployment tool to manage these environments. There are also some nice extras, like support, Apache Solr search and a handful of web services that you can use with your sites.
In my next post I'll go over how you get your site running on Dev Cloud and some of the best practices that we've found using it.
Open ... and Shut It's not that enterprise software is boring. But let's face it: if you had the choice to tell your mom that your company makes it easy for 800 million people to talk to each other, or that your business makes it easier for companies like Chevron to do business more productively, the former is going to sound a heck of a lot cooler.
Buytaert is yet to determine a release date for the Drupal 8, but already he has flagged some plans for what should be addressed in the next version. Buytaert divides these ideas into four main points.
Brandon Tate of Appnovation writes, "Here at Appnovation, we frequently use the Acquia hosting platform for our clients. The Dev Cloud and Managed Cloud are impressive platforms that fit well for many Drupal sites being built today. I’ve listed some items below that have helped with the overall build quality and ease of use for these platforms."
Government agencies and departments in the UK are beginning to focus on the real value propositions offered by open source. Acquia's Manager of Community Affairs, Jeffrey "jam" McGuire, discusses all this and more in his guest blog on OpenSource.com.
Dries Buytaert, the creator and project lead of Drupal, recently visited India. LINUX For You caught up with him to understand his plans on expanding Drupal’s reach in India, what we can expect from Drupal 8, about Drupal “Shops” and the business model, and obviously Open Source, et al.
I have covered Acquia several times on this blog (for example, see Acquia Provides Drupal Commons to Support Open Source Enterprise Collaboration and Acquia Grows with Drupal and Introduces Drupal Gardens). It provides support, services, and enhancements to make your Drupal experience more productive. Recently, I spoke with Bryan House, VP of Marketing, about their latest moves.
uTest, a provider of in-the-wild software testing services, announced that it will provide Web developers with an end-to-end suite of load testing services for building new and improved websites and to enhance the website user experience through its partnership with Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal.
The famous CMS platform doesn't need an introduction to web administrators, but where is it heading, and how does it compare with other well-known CMS platforms like Joomla! and WordPress? We spoke to the creator of Drupal in person to find out.