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Acquia raises $15 million series D

I'm thrilled to announce that Acquia has received $15 million in its fourth round of funding -- that is about twice as much as any of our earlier rounds (series A, series B, series C). Our previous investors affirmed their confidence by participating in this round; they were joined by Tenaya Capital, which has roots in... More

Buy Dev Cloud by the Month!

You can now buy Acquia Dev Cloud by the month! The response to Dev Cloud has been tremendous, and we wanted to make it even easier for you try out. Spin up a Drupal server of any size and get your site online in minutes using Acquia's professionally-tuned servers.
We now also support Amazon's c1.medium instance type. The AWS medium instances offer the best performance for the money. Coupled with our built-in support for Varnish page caching, a fully-tuned Drupal stack including memcache, and your choice of Drupal distro, your site will... More

Getting paid in candy: How Acquia is building the next generation of Drupalists

My employer Acquia is a commercial open source company.  That means that they make money (commercial) off of software they don't own (open source) and there are more than one of us (company).  It should be clear then that Acquia's survival is totally dependent on the success of the software it provides services around, Drupal.  
Drupal has been doing exceptionally well as of late.  In fact, Acquia just relased "the showcase"; it is a website detailing over 1000 high profile Drupal sites... More

Acquia adopts the Omega theme for its web site reboot

In early 2011, Kevin O’Leary, one of Acquia’s UX Jedi, launched an effort to redesign the visual branding of Acquia. By May, the design work was far enough along to allow us to start developing a Drupal theme for a complete reboot of acquia.com. Michael Cooper lead the effort with his team including Mariano Asselborn, Yoni Gray, Rob Loach and... More

Rebirthing Acquia.com

If you're a regular visitor to the Acquia website, you were probably surprised at what you saw the last time you stopped by. Aside from our new company logo, the whole site has a very different look, navigation, and main message points from a few days ago. This is the result of a project that has kept our marketing teams busy for the last few months.

Although this design represents the most profound website changes in the company's history, it's not the first time we've done this. Here is what our initial website looked like in 2008:

Acquia.com in March... More

Learn to love the drop: A radio-style talk show, with your host, Jacob Singh!

By Heather James
Thursday, July 21st, Jacob Singh is hosting two call-in webinars at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT with special guests from the Drupal community with backgrounds from Java to front-end development. You can listen as this panel of experienced Drupal professionals discuss some of the things they wish they knew, and you can have your burning questions answered directly.
Drupal’s learning curve is well known as being steep, occasionally frustrating.  This is more pronounced... More

The impact of the #D7CX movement and next steps

Back around the time of the Drupal 7 code freeze, Moshe Weitzman proposed the #D7CX (Drupal 7 Contrib Experience) movement. Developers were encouraged to add a #D7CX pledge to their project pages, indicating that they would port their contributed modules and themes to Drupal 7 by the time Drupal 7 was released.
Here is some data to measure the impact that this movement had, relative to Drupal 6, as well as some recommended next... More

BrowserID: from announcement to Drupal module in under 24 hours

Yesterday, Mozilla announced a new initiative called BrowserID, which is an easy, secure way to log in to websites without having to remember your password for each individual website. So last night I wrote the BrowserID Drupal module, which lets people log in to Drupal websites using BrowserID.
You get a choice of "Sign in" buttons to display to the user in either a block or on the existing Log in forms... More

Announcing the Drupal Showcase at showcase.acquia.com

It's always feast or famine. During Drupal's first few years, core contributors all knew when a new Drupal site launched, and usually also knew the people who created it.
There's simply no way to keep up. Acquia runs a site crawler to find new Drupal sites, there's a forum and wiki on Drupal.org, and individual efforts like drupalsites.net and... More

Google Plus & Drupal = Done.

I love Google+. I know some people are underwhelmed from all the hype. But I like it. It may or may not be for the fact I have some abnormal dislike of Facebook (which I do). But I just think it's better. Easier to manage “circles” of all my different friends, family, co-workers, and strangers I meet in the street; easier to share photos (I already used Picasa); and just easier all around. It's the better way to social networking!

Regardless of my opinion, here’s the... More

Breaking News: DrupalCon London Special Offer!

DrupalCon London is just over a month away, and we are counting down the days over here at Acquia. In particular, we are excited for our pre-conference training, Drupal Business Day, and of course the Official DrupalCon London Party. But... More

Drupal Gardens adds five star ratings, FF5 and IE9 support, and more!

The Drupal Gardens service was recently updated with the following new features:read more
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Twitter using Drupal

Starting today, Twitter's developer community lives and breathes on Drupal! Check it out at http://dev.twitter.com.

This is a big deal for Drupal -- it's not every day that one of the hottest technology start-ups switches one of its sites to Drupal. At Acquia, we have been working with Twitter on this site but couldn't talk about it for the longest time. I'm glad we finally can because it's a great use case for Drupal.... More

New Acquia Dev Cloud documentation release!

I’ve been at Acquia as the Director of Engineering Services for 8 weeks, and I’m really excited to announce a new release of the Dev Cloud documentation! In two short months we re-architected the Dev/Managed Cloud docs from end-to-end making it easier for you to find what you need. I was so impressed with the folks who helped us pull this off so quickly. Not only were changes implemented to add new functionality to the documentation pages themselves, but the Engineers heroically endured my “friendly following up” to ensure all material was reviewed. I truly appreciate their efforts, and am... More

Acquia Podcast 33: Interview with Angie Byron

Angie Byron, aka webchick, is probably the second most well-known person in the Drupal universe, between her awards, magazine covers, and role as the Drupal 7 co-maintainer. With her move from Lullabot to Acquia and her expanded role in the Drupal community, I caught up with her to find out what she's up to and what this move means to her work in the community.
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An island or an archipelago?

Is your social business software a point solution or an enterprise solution? An island or an archipelago?

Is your community a bottle opener or a Swiss Army knife, a Kindle or an iPad? I think you get the message here. A one trick pony point solution is great at solving a short term need but will not meet your future UNKNOWN business requirements. If you are looking to future proof your investment in a community platform then its wise to consider the bigger picture now rather than later. Okay that’s kind of obvious and you’ve probably heard that pitch before, right? If its so obvious then why... More

A month (and a bit) in the Office of the CTO

Drupal 7
Last month, I started my new job in Acquia's Office of the CTO. I posted my to-do list last month of a given week's worth of work, to try and provide some insight as to what I'm working on. Since that probably reads as chicken-scratch to you (my handwriting tends to be one-way encryption ;)), here are some of the highlights:
Drupal 7
Stability and adoption of Drupal 7 is a critically important factor in the growth of Drupal, so this is also an important priority... More

Status Streams in Commons

At Enterprise 2.0 this week, Acquia demoed new status stream functionality that will be in the next version of Commons. The ability for users to post short updates to groups and users encourages new users to jump in and participate, provides a centralized space for ambient communication that doesn't need to crowd your inbox, and keeps users connected and engaged. It also represents a new frontier: where businesses previously had to choose between traditionally laborious... More

Acquia, Drupal that never sleeps

I’ve only been with Acquia for three weeks as a intern and I have to say I love every moment of it. I work on the Operations and Hosting Engineering team and last week, my second week, I was placed on a on-call rotation for Operations. A on-call rotation is like being an E.R. Doctor though my patients were servers. You have to set up your phone and laptop to receive ‘critical’ notifications from our internal monitoring and notification system as well as be prepared with all the tools you could possibly need to handle any situation. Being on call is like being a technology boyscout, always... More

Community, DrupalCon and Damn Quick Drupal

I've recently crossed my six month mark with Acquia and have to say that it is the ride of a lifetime. I was certain when applying that this would be my dream-job and it turns out that I wasn't wrong. Acquia has been a great place to expand my knowledge and experience and to get a deeper connection to the community.
It has been a long time since I've gotten deeply involved in online communities--not since 1996 and the early online chat rooms of MSN (the orignal Microsoft Network). Back then things on the web were a bit slower and you could sit and have a 3+ hour chat with 10 or so like minded... More

Drupal Commons is now Commons

Acquia’s social business software distribution, Drupal Commons has allowed many developers to build community sites easily with Drupal. This has always been one of the major goals of Drupal Commons – to help Drupal adoption by making it easy for people to create great community sites quickly without having to build from scratch.
Drupal Commons has been very successful in doing this – so much so we are ready to take the next step. We are changing Drupal Commons to... More

Being an intern at Acquia

I’m not Acquia’s first intern, though I am working a nerf gun’s shot away from him. That title belongs to Charlie Gordon. I’m proud and excited to come to work every day, especially with many of the interns I work with. Isaac Sukin is an experienced Drupalist whose only project at Acquia is making Drupal Commons even more awesome. To use a pseudo quote from Star Wars, “The force is strong with that one.” I’ve also enjoyed working... More

Acquia Podcast 32: Marcus Estes on Donor Rally and Volunteer Rally

Two resources any non-profit organization needs assistance in obtaining and managing are volunteers and donations. In this episode I speak with Marcus Estes of Open Sourcery about Volunteer Rally and Donor Rally, two Drupal distributions designed to help non-profits accomplish those tasks.
Show notes:
Donor Rally project page
Donor Rally blog post
Volunteer Rally ... More

Party with Varnish

Anyone who runs a high-availability Drupal site knows about Varnish, the open-source HTTP reverse-proxy server. Varnish intercepts requests before they hit the web server and delivers relevant information that it finds in its cache, resulting in lower loads and radically faster pages.
We love Varnish at Acquia. It's one of the ingredients that makes Acquia Dev Cloud and... More

Stop Thinking Open Source Can’t Be Full Service

STILL there is confusion out there around open source solutions. I was reading today’s great post by Caroline Dangson from the Dachis Group on “Building a Business Case for Customer Community," when one line derailed my concentration on the topic enough to make me write this. Caroline was outlining a great plan for building a detailed business case for customer communities, when I read this line in step 10:
“Will... More

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