Acquia Coverage

Acquia Search - Solr Powered, Faceted and Pluggable

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CMSWire

With DrupalCon well under way now, we are hearing a lot of announcements about new services and upcoming features and functionality for the web content management solution. One very interesting announcement is the official beta release of the new Acquia Search to the public.

A hosted search service for Drupal 6 websites, Acquia Search offers a number of advanced features that will help make your website hum with activity.

A boon to beginners: the "Acquia Drupal stack installer" (DAMP)

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Tom Geller's Latest Thing

Only five days after its latest release, Acquia today released another update to its namesake Drupal distribution -- and it's a doozy. The package itself includes modules that give you the first chance to try out the company's new search product, while a separate release ("DAMP") will help get Drupal beginners up and running MUCH faster than before. (It also includes another gorgeous new theme from TopNotchThemes, which I might use in one of my own projects.)

Erickson takes charge at Acquia

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ZDNet: Linux and Open Source blog

Acquia, the commercial arm of Drupal, today named Thomas Erickson (right) as its new CEO.

The announcement is happening around the company’s DrupalCon show in Washington, D.C..

Erickson, a former CEO of Systinet, was already on the Acquia board.

Social publishing company Acquia gets into hosting business

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Venture Beat

Acquia, the company that tries to make money from open source “social publishing service” Drupal, announced several additions today to the services it offers for websites built using Drupal.

Perhaps most significantly, Acquia now offers to host websites in the Internet cloud. That’s not a hugely innovative idea, but it does mean that any company wanting to build a Drupal website can treat Acquia as the “one-stop shop” for getting that site up-and-running.

Acquia Appoints New Executives

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ReadWriteWeb

Open Source Drupal based content management software company Acquia announced today that it has appointed two new executives to its management team. Tom Erickson will be Acquia's new Chief Executive Officer and Warren Utt will be the company's new Vice President of Sales.

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Acquia Gets New CEO, Extends Drupal Searches, and More

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Ostatic

Acquia, which offers a commercially supported version of the open source Drupal content management system is out with a series of announcements today. The company has a new CEO, Tom Erickson, who was formerly CEO of Systinet, which he sold to Mercury Interactive. Acquia has also announced a public beta of Acquia Search, a hosted service, as well as cloud-based Drupal hosting, and Drupal stack installers for Windows and the Mac.

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Webware Radar

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Webware

Acquia, a company that provides open source software for the Drupal CMS, announced the public beta release of its Search tool Wednesday. Those who want to use it can download from Acquia's site and install it as a module on any Drupal 6 site. According to the company, the search will provide navigation, content recommendations, and configurable results weighting. It's built on a redundant hosted service infrastructure, requiring no servers to deploy or manage. The public beta is free and available now with an Acquia Network subscription.

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New CEO, New Drupal CMS Offerings for Acquia

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Internetnews.com

Drupal, the popular, open source, content management system (CMS) so far has grown mostly by way of its community roots.

But Tom Erickson, the newly appointed CEO at Drupal's lead commercial sponsor, Acquia, believes that the commercial enterprise can grow the community, too.

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Drupal Services Provider Acquia Gets New CEO and Offers New CMS Options

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Hostsearch.com

Drupal services provider and lead Drupal commercial sponsor Acquia has a new CEO and is now offering new Content Management System (CMS) options, it was revealed recently. Drupal is a popular Open Source (OS) Content Management System (CMS) that is supported by a loyal community. A diverse number of companies including NASA, Sony, MTV and Mozilla use the solution for their websites. Acquia’s new CEO believes his new company can help grow the Drupal community further.

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Open Source Drupal Getting Commercial Push from Acquia

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Tectonic

Acquia's new CEO isn't the only major development for Drupal this week. Acquia also rolled out a new search service for Drupal Web sites, cloud-based hosting, and new Drupal application stacks. The plan is that new releases will give Acquia a greater competitive edge against commercial competitors while providing additional support for its open source code base.

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How Acquia makes Drupal more valuable

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ZDNet

The better a project’s commercial arm the faster that project can progress.

Drupal offers a great example.

I first came across Drupal almost five years ago. I recommended it for a project on politics, since abandoned. My experience was a nightmare. We were a commercial operation that needed professional programming.

The launch of Acquia as Drupal’s commercial arm last year changed that. It turned out to change a lot more.

Within months, Microsoft was distributing Drupal. Acquia is acquiring a host of new platinum partners. Commercial organizations have begun adopting it. So has the government.

Moving onto Acquia Drupal

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CMS Report

Last year I was one of the beta testers for Acquia's Drupal distribution and the Acquia Network. I was evaluating Acquia's products and services for a potential intranet project at work. For this particular project, unfortunately, it looks as if Acquia or Drupal wasn't the right solution. Our regional folks wanted a solution similar to Microsoft's Sharepoint that is more integrated with Microsoft Office and heavily featured in document management. That's alright though because there are a number of smaller intranet projects at work where Drupal is the perfect solution and a lot of progress is being made in that direction.

Over the weekend, I decided to move CMS Report from Drupal 6 to Acquia Drupal. In December, I received a message that beta testers would be rolled over into "a Community subscription entitlement that extends through December 31st, 2009". Placing the Acquia subscription onto CMSReport.com not only will allow the site to receive the benefits of being on Acquia's network, but will also allow me to monitor the evolution of Acquia. Acquia is still a young company and likely will continue to expand on the products and services it offers.

Drupal CMS Founder, Dries Buytaert Interview with CMS Critic

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CMS Critic

We were very pleased to have a chance to interview Dries Buytaert, founder of the legendary Drupal content management system. He shares his thoughts on its success, future and how it came to be in this intriguing and indepth discussion. We had so many questions, that we are only publishing part one while he works on the second half. Here you go.

CC: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us today, Dries. We’d like to cover a few areas during this interview.. specifically Drupal and your latest venture, Acquia.

CC: Can you tell us a little about your background and how you became involved in the world of Content Management Systems?

DB: I was a student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium around 1999. I was doing web development with CGI and server-side includes, but I wanted to learn more about technologies like PHP and MySQL. Also, at the same time, we had the need for an internal messaging system at our student dorm. So, I wrote a simple message board. Then when I graduated, I decided to move my internal message board onto the internet.

CC: Our understanding is that Drupal originally started as a BBS system, having been very involved in the BBS realm ourselves, we find this very interesting. Can you tell us a little bit about how it came to be and was it as popular as a BBS as it is today?

DB: Drupal began as an internal message board that I used to manage my student activities. We just used it in my student dorm to communicate about dinner times, etc. Once I graduated, I began transforming it into a news and discussion website: www.drop.org.

After a year or so, I released the software behind drop.org as Drupal 1.0.0, and Drupal officially came to be on January 15, 2001. Contributors still celebrate this as Drupal’s birthday every year.

Drupal IT Consultants Get Channel Program Option from Acquia

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eWeek Channel Insider

Acquia is launching a new version of Drupal, an open-source content management system, which will give solution providers, IT consultants and Web developers an alternative to commercial CMS software.

With more and more businesses looking to climb on the Web 2.0 bandwagon, there's got to be a lot of opportunity for IT solution providers who can bring the benefits of a Web 2.0 implementation to end-user companies. Looking to capitalize on that trend, Acquia has created a distribution of open source Web 2.0 platform Drupal for blogs, communities, wikis and other content forms, in addition to providing subscriptions to support. The model follows how Red Hat has commercialized a Linux distribution and subscription support, according to Jeff Whatcott, vice president of marketing for Acquia.

Acquia announced its distribution of Drupal the first week in October, and on Oct. 14 the company embraced the indirect model by introducing a channel partner program targeted at IT consultants, hosting providers, ISVs with complementary technologies, and value-added distributors and resellers.

The program functions more like an affiliate program than a true reseller program, with partners realizing most of their revenues from the consulting fee they charge to customers for putting together their Web 2.0 implementation. Typically, implementations start at around $25,000, according to Whatcott. Partners also receive a commission ranging from 4 percent to 8 percent, depending on their tier in the program.

The new kid on the Drop

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GarfieldTech

This site has been running Drupal 5 for over a year now, even though Drupal 6 has been available since February. I kept meaning to update it, but never got around to it. Of course, then along came Acquia and a pressing need to try out the new kid on the block (for purely professional reasons, of course). So, armed with proper backup tools and a fast Internet connection, I set about to sacrifice my blog on the alter of experimentation. Onwards!

The documentation, available right from the downloads page, is a fairly extensive and thorough PDF. Of particular note, it goes out of its way to specify PHP 5.2 and MySQL 5.0 as minimum requirements. Thank you, Acquia! (For RHEL 5 users, who are stuck with PHP 5.1, it does point out that most of Drupal will work but, for example, Date module will have reduced functionality.)

The documentation includes lots of screenshots. Database setup is guided through phpMyAdmin, which makes sense as it's the most likely tool that all users will have available on their host. It also goes out of its way to highlight edge-case caveats, such as "Safari 3 will extract the download files for you" and "remember that .htaccess file that most FTP clients don't!" Command line instructis are provided, too, for the l33t crowd.

InfoWorld Test Center review: Drupal turns pro

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InfoWorld Test Center

As we've seen time and again, in an increasing number of enterprise software categories, open source has become a promising alternative to commercial software. But there's no free ride.

Support from developers is often problematic, and you need to find products with a large enough following so that programmers have an incentive to build add-on modules. When the Test Center reviewed open source CMSes (content management systems), these two factors often broke the tie between otherwise robust solutions and gave Alfresco the advantage.

Yet if you take support out of the equation, Drupal emerges as the better solution for many enterprise Web projects. That's because this social publishing solution starts with a mature Web CMS, adds a blog system, and then offers discussion forms, community features, and extensibility through 1,800 add-on modules – many of them also open source. Given this flexibility, it's not surprising that Drupal powers about 250,000 live sites – including big names such as Federal Express, The Onion, and Popular Science.

But big organization or small, there's a dark side to Drupal: You'll probably need the services of an experienced support staff or a costly consultancy that has mastered a complex setup and knows how to assemble all the building blocks into a workable system. Now, for those with limited resources, Acquia is stepping in with a commercially supported Drupal distribution along with a network that delivers patches and security updates.

Acquia Drupal

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Collaboration and Content Strategies Blog

Yesterday Acquia, the commercial open source company started last December to serve the Drupal community, announced they are “now open for business!” Specifically, Acquia announced the availability of:

  • Acquia Drupal – a distribution of the popular content management system (previously code named “Carbon”) which provides core Drupal functionality as well as support for over thirty additional modules that were previously only supported by a community.
  • Acquia Network – a set of network services Drupal site owners can hook up to their website to improve their operation. These include software update management, spam blocking, heartbeat monitoring, and site usage statistics.
  • As part of the Acquia Network site owners also receive technical support for their Drupal installation.

Drupal is kind of a WCMS/Web 2.0 toolkit/application framework all wrapped up into one. It is a flexible solution capable of supporting a number of types of dynamic Internet-facing websites while also providing the basis for a functional intranet. Acquia likes to calls this combination “Social Publishing.” But whatever it is, there is clearly a large community that like building solutions on the product. Conservative estimates place the number of Drupal Internet sites at over 250,000.

Drupal: open-source publishing

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Social Media

I hung out Monday night with Dries Buytaert, founder and creator of Drupal, the open source content management system that is now powering tens of thousands of websites, including Ourmedia, The Onion, Sony Music artists (see myplay.com) and many others. Also spent time with Jay Batson, co-founder of Acquia, which just launched an important new partnership with Drupal on Tuesday.

In this 11-minute interview, Dries talks about Drupal, the power of open source publishing, and a new partnership with Acquia, the Boston-area company that gives citizen publishers a free publishing platform and tech support to get it up and running.

Drupal: open-source publishing from JD Lasica on Vimeo.

Acquia: Commercially supported Drupal

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Download Squad

When it comes to choosing a content management system (CMS), the open-source Drupal is often a great choice for large or content-rich sites, because it scales well, supports multiple authors and is thoroughly customizable. The downside of all of this power is that for new users especially, the learning curve can be pretty steep. Although Drupal 6 was a huge step forward in overall usability, from a web admin perspective, it's still not exactly easy.

Acquia, a company founded by Drupal creator and project lead Dries Buytaert, has just launched Acquia Drupal, which packages Drupal and some of the most popular and highly rated community modules together and also offers commercial support. This is a big win for both Drupal and current and future Drupal users.

Acquia Drupal is a free GPL-licensed download. It contains the Drupal 6.x core (currently at 6.4), a bunch of community contributed modules, like Google Analytics, Mollom (Dries's spam-fighting content solution), and rating and image gallery tools. I installed Acquia Drupal on my local test server and also installed the latest Drupal release, 6.4. The install process was already easier with Acquia Drupal, because I didn't have to create a settings.php file in advance before filling in my database details.

Acquia Launches Commercial Drupal Distribution, Support Network

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InformationWeek

Acquia today accomplished their goal of releasing a commercially supported version of the open source content management system Drupal. At the same time, they've launched the Acquia Network, a service that offers site management tools and various subscription-base levels of support for anyone running Drupal 6.

For many organizations, the challenge presented by Drupal is that while it's a powerful and flexible system, there hasn't historically been an "official" support model. Don't get me wrong - the Drupal community is very helpful and enthusiastic, but when your site goes down, you're stuck posting question and waiting for responses, or hoping your developer and site administrators can help out.

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