Acquia Search for Drupal Launches into Primetime Eliminating the Complexity of Search for Enterprises

Service Delivers Faster, Simpler, Cost-Effective Solution Guiding Users to Targeted Information and Relevant Content Recommendations

Andover, MA – June 30, 2009 - Acquia, Inc., the leading open source software company that ensures successful implementations of Drupal, the Social Publishing platform that combines content and community, today announced, the general availability of Acquia Search, a hosted Acquia Network service which can be installed as a module on any Drupal 6 website. Acquia Search was released into beta in March 2009 and provides support for enterprise-scale site indexing and navigation.

By leveraging faceted search navigation, content recommendations and configurable results weighting, Acquia Search creates a rich index of site content and dramatically improves end-user search experience. Results can be navigated based on date, author, taxonomy, term, content type, or other built-in/customizable categories. With over 275 beta testers Acquia Search is a cornerstone of Acquia’s network of Drupal solutions, providing search capabilities up to ten times faster than native Drupal search - an increasingly important function as businesses work to keep visitors actively and meaningfully engaged on sites longer.

“We think about search as the primary interface to the developer education and technical support content that helps our customers get the most out of the Brightcove online video platform,” said Eric Johnson, Director of Online Marketing and Web Architect for Brightcove. “With Acquia Search, we're able to deliver the responsiveness and intuitive content exploration experience that our customers demand, without the cost and complexity of scaling and maintaining our own cutting edge search infrastructure."

"Acquia Search provides great value, both for site visitors and administrators, supercharging a Drupal site’s search capabilities and eliminating the drain on infrastructure and administration," said Dries Buytaert, founder of the Drupal project and Acquia CTO. "For visitors it all comes down to better user experience; Acquia Search makes it faster and easier to find content on your site, yielding more accurate results and recommendations encouraging visitors to stay longer on the site. For site administrators, Acquia Search offers the enterprise-quality, highly-available, secure, scalable, and fast indexing search solution that Drupal was missing. And because Acquia Search is offered as a hosted solution, it’s simple to install, and requires no expertise to deploy, manage and scale.”

Delivering the capabilities of Lucene and Solr technologies from the Apache project, Acquia Search can be implemented as a web service for Drupal websites of any size. Acquia Search is built on a redundant hosted service infrastructure, with no servers to deploy or manage. The platform actively follows and contributes to the development of the Solr application and manages service performance and backups automatically.

Acquia Search features and functionality include:

  • Faceted search - enable your visitors to find information faster by clicking search filters that refine the search results
  • Results sorting - enable your visitors to sort their search results by date, type, author
  • Results weighting - improve the relevance of search results by weighting certain results higher than others by using fine-grained controls
  • Content recommendations - suggest additional related content alongside of search results and increase visitor time on your site
  • Faster performance - improve site response times and lower abandon rates by offering a faster search experience than Drupal's built-in search

A basic level of Acquia Search is included free with any Acquia Network subscription. Additional search capacity is available for purchase. Contact Acquia for more information at www.acquia.com or to access free Acquia Network trials available visit http://acquia.com/trial.

For more information, join Acquia’s Twitter chat today, June 30, 2009, 12PM EDT with 3 leading Acquia developers. Follow @acquia, #acquiasearch.

Acquia will also be hosting a Search webinar on Thursday, July 9, 2009, 1 PM EDT with Bryan House, Director of Marketing for Acquia. For details, visit:
http://acquia.com/community/resources/webinars/how-delight-your-customer...

About Acquia
Acquia helps organizations of all sizes build social publishing websites quickly, easily and with a lower total cost of ownership by leveraging Drupal, the open source social publishing platform that blends content and community. Our products, services and support enable companies to leverage the power, technical innovation and economic value of Drupal while simplifying the experience, removing the complexity and minimizing the risk. Please visit: http://acquia.com. Download Acquia Drupal, the completely free Drupal distribution , at http://acquia.com/downloads.

About Drupal
The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception and powers more than 400,000 web sites globally. Drupal includes an enterprise class content management system and is used to deliver a wide variety of web applications including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, e-commerce, and many more. Assisted by a thriving ecosystem of consultants and developers, a diverse set of organizations use Drupal including SonyBMG, Warner Brothers Records, the New York Observer, Forbes, Disney, Intel, Harvard University, and Amnesty International. A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active contributors to the open source technology. For more information, visit http://drupal.org.