Open source software continues its torrid pace. In fact, according to a report from the 451 Group, the sector saw its biggest quarter for venture funding -- hitting $203.75 million, which is up from $100.4 million in the same period a year ago.
Why the interest? Well, I had a chance to interview Matthew Aslett, who is an analyst of enterprise software at the 451 Group.
*Your take on the focus on open source?*
VCs are interested in open source vendors because the open source development and distribution models reduce start-up costs and lower the barriers to entry.
Early in March I posted about hearing the founder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert, speak in Boston as part of an adjunct to the AiiM Show called DrupalCon. Part of that Drupal event was the first public explanation of the strategy behind Dries’ new venture called Acquia. Acquia is a commercial company to service and support Drupal as the popular open source social publishing platform tries to move to the next level in the market.
Six hot open source startups and projects got notice at the Open Source Business Conference this week.
Not surprisingly, many of them are in software categories deemed most vulnerable to open source disruption, including collaboration and conferencing, social publishing, sales automation, application deployment and developer tools.
In the last year, a growing number of companies based on free and open source software (FOSS) have come out of stealth mode. One of the latest is Acquia, which provides services for organizations that use Drupal, the popular content management platform.
You and I have a dirty little secret. Many of the Web applications that we call content management systems (Web CMS) are not really content management systems. Huh? A lot of this confusion stems from the difficulty most of us have in answering what should be a simple question, what is a content management system? Scott Abel, The Content Wranger, has noted in previous comments that one of the problems in discussions about content management is that we really lack a common definition of CMS.
There is now a VC-backed commercial company, underwritten initially to the tune of $7 million, to run interference for the LAMP-based Drupal open source project, which Ulitzer has chosen as its CMS platform among others, and take on the literally hundreds of other content management systems – open source and proprietary – that currently litter the landscape to make sure that Drupal is crowned homecoming queen, perhaps the next billion-dollar MySQL.
While Drupal has garnered surprising little press it’s got to be one of the more successful open source projects out there, but then its nearest open source rival Joomla looks to be as popular. Evidently CMS is the place to be these days.
An increasingly popular open-source Web content management program, called Drupal, will soon be available in a commercial enterprise edition. A start-up company, Acquia, announced that it would deliver a supported version of the program by the end of the year.
The company made its announcement last week at Drupalcon, a user conference held in Boston.
The open source CMS platform Drupal is going commercial thanks to an 11-person startup named Acquia. It recently secured $7 million in funding and plans to sell a suite of services it says will make Drupal enterprise-ready.
In the world of technology we're always looking for the latest 'rock star'. Who is that next hot tech visionary that will build an adoring following of thousands?
In my opinion we can now add the founder of the open source content management system Drupal (and its commercial startup Acquia) Dries Buytaert to the rock star list. This week he launched Acquia with $7 million in funding. He also hosted a Drupal lovefest (DrupalCon Boston) which boasted over 800 attendees.
It's all a far cry from the humble beginnings in a Belgian dorm room a few short years ago. I asked Buytaert about those humble beginnings and about the surprises he's had along the way.
A startup company will release the first commercially supported distribution of Drupal, an increasingly popular open-source Web site builder/content management system, in the second half of this year. Start-up firm Acquia, led by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert, will release a commercial version, code-named Carbon, that adds 30 top Drupal modules, a packaged installer, assorted documentation and site-building guidelines to the free Drupal 6.x core.
Drupal, the open source Web publishing and content management software, will soon have a commercial distribution. bizjournals reports that Acquia, a 12-employee company based in Andover, Mass., will release its product later this year.
Dries Buytaert is the creator and project lead of the popular Drupal open source content management software that lets an individual or an entire community of users publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. 800 friends and associates heard his state-of-the-project keynote March 3 at Drupalcon, which is co-located from March 3-6 with the AiiM show in Boston.
I attended the Acquia panel at Drupalcon in Boston yesterday. I must admit that I thought this session was going to be packed with people interested in what Acquia is going to do and how it will relate to Drupal. Plus, Dries always draws a crowd. It turned out that the session on theming drew a much bigger crowd. In hindsight, I am not surprised. I was sitting in the Drupal IRC channel when the Acquia announcement first hit. There was a mention of the news but neither concern nor intrigue about this new addition to the Drupal family. People were more focused with the their immediate tasks working with Drupal. They trust Dries and the Drupal Association to do what is right for Drupal.
As we reported in December, the popular open-source Web publishing system Drupal has a new corporate home, Boston-based Acquia, where Drupal originator Dries Buytaert has joined as CTO. Today at the Drupalcon conference at Boston’s Convention and Expo Center, the company unveiled more details about its promised plans for a commercially-supported version of Drupal.
The popular open source content management system Drupal is going commercial, reports InternetNews. A new company called Acquia, which is led by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert, plans to offer a commercial version of the content management system based on the free version but with a host of additional modules.
Drupal may well be the unsung success story of the open source movement. The content management platform has been downloaded over 2 million times, as often as mySQL and more than Redhat. So says Jeff Whatcott, the voice of Acquia, the company created to put a commercial wrapper around Drupal in order to extend the content management system’s reach into enterprise accounts.
At Drupalcon this morning, Acquia laid out its plans for a commercially-supported Drupal.
Acquia Inc. has launched a suite of products based on the Drupal open-source social publishing system, officials said.
Acquia, founded in June 2007, employs 12 workers. The company develops products based on Drupal, an open-source platform for Internet applications such as blogs, wikis, community networks, digital-media portals, and core web content management. The technology is most popular with media and publishing companies, said Jeff Whatcott, vice president of marketing for Acquia.