Recent Acquia Hosting Updates
by Jim Salem
The hosting team at Acquia has been busy! While we continue to focus on making Acquia Hosting the most reliable and scalable Drupal hosting service anywhere, we've recently made significant enhancements to its usability and to the data we provide our customers.
First up are several improvements to our Acquia Hosting UI. We've added a new tab to show statistics at several points in the hosting stack including before and after the front end cache and well as a count of total Drupal requests. For more detail, please read Kurt Gray's excellent blog post.
We've simplified the server architecture information in the UI to clearly show the load balancers, web servers, and DB servers assigned to your site. We show server name, role, Amazon instance type, and a links to your log files. Over time, we'll continue to extend this display so you have easy access to the information you need to manage your site and understand how it's performing.
Other recent changes include:
- Cache clearing: Customers can now clear their front-end Varnish cache themselves via a link on the hosting tab. You can clear the entire cache or one hostname at a time.
- ah-import-db: An optimizing DB import tool.
- Drupal performance checker: We've taken Acquia's Drupal performance tuning expertise and written a script that identifies common Drupal configuration mistakes. Right now, our support team uses the script to check a site prior to it going live. Over time, we'll continue to extend this with an eye towards making it smarter and usable directly by customers.
- Performance improvements: With nearly every release (typically one a week), we implement better Drupal stack tunings. Last week, we tweaked our APC bytecode cache configuration to significantly reduce disk I/O for high traffic sties.
Stay tuned for more. And please let us know what Acquia Hosting improvements you'd like to see.