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Drupal Gardens Surpasses 40,000 Sites

Drupal Gardens passed a significant milestone yesterday, 40,000 sites created! This is an especially exciting moment for me as Acquia gets ready to exit the Drupal Gardens beta program tomorrow. Reaching 40,000 blew away my expectations for the number of beta sites, a testament to the market’s excitement of having the most powerful social publishing system available in a SaaS environment.

Acquia never felt it was enough to simply offer SaaS Drupal, though. We wanted to overcome the key limitation of SaaS – ownership of the application and the data. Traditional SaaS offerings lock in their customers, creating several potential business issues from lack of flexibility to soaring costs. Drupal Gardens introduces a concept we call OpenSaaS, which Dan Woods in Forbes describes as “the better way to software”. In an OpenSaaS world, the end user always owns both the application and the data, and has the freedom to exit the SaaS world at any time and move to an environment with more control exerted by the end user.

Site builders should “have it their way”. The fastest way to get started is SaaS, but the best “way” may evolve over time to be something else. Yesterday we introduced an optimized Drupal cloud hosting service designed for developers called Dev Cloud. Now, Drupal Gardens users who want to add their own modules can export their Gardens site with one click and be developing on the Dev Cloud PaaS (Platform as a Service). There is also the option of taking it to any other environment as well, a true OpenSaaS solution where the user not only owns the data, but the application as well. I believe this new, more flexible, open site building methodology is truly the “better way”.

I’ll be at Drupalcon next week, and I look forward to hearing what you think.

Comments

Posted on by Ryan (not verified).

Good for you guys. : )

I really like Gardens and have been recommending it to various Drupal newbies and even as the platform to use in a day long Drupal 7 introductory training. Gardens makes Drupal as a whole much more accessible.

Posted on by farnoud (not verified).

awesome! specially like documentations and videos. They need some work though. specially videos are inconsistent

Posted on by Heather James.

Hello Hadi,

We're working on improving the videos. If there are any particular ones you want to point out as not being to the quality or standard you would like to see, I welcome the feedback.

Please post it on the forums:
http://www.drupalgardens.com/content/what-video-sc reencast-tutorials-wou...

Also, if there are particular videos you want to request, please add them on the same thread.

Thank you!

- Heather

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