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Acquia Cloud vs. Your Other Options

However you host your sites today—whether internally in your own data center or through a third-party service provider—you are likely investing a significant amount of resources into building and/or maintaining those environments. After all, infrastructure, disaster recovery, and hardened security don’t architect themselves. All the time and money consumed by these operations means that much less for Drupal innovation.

With Acquia Cloud, you focus on innovation while we do the rest. Our holistic, end-to-end solution is architected for Drupal and backed by experienced experts who let you do what you do best—build amazing websites.

CLOUD
FEATURE
ACQUIA CLOUD MANAGED HOSTING ON-PREMISE HOSTING
INFRASTRUCTURE
Fully managed and updated OS and LAMP stack for a Drupal-optimized hosting environment
Automated OS and LAMP stack patching
DIY
On-demand server elasticity
Maybe
Dedicated load balancer
available
Maybe
DIY
99.95% infrastructure uptime SLA
Performance tuning
Enterprise
DIY
DIY
24x7 infrastructure support
Advanced automated monitoring
DIY
DIY
Multi-tier caching
DIY
DIY
DISASTER RECOVERY
High availability configuration
Enterprise
Maybe
DIY
Multi-datacenter failover (fully redundant environments in two data centers)
Enterprise
Maybe
Multi-region failover (fully redundant environments in two geographic regions)
available
Maybe
Multiple snapshots per day to secure remote data center
Maybe
SECURITY
Dedicated, isolated network
available
Maybe
Two-factor authentication
Maybe
DIY
Password strength requirements
Maybe
DIY
Teams & permissions
Maybe
DIY
SSL certificates
available
DIY
DIY
HTTPS support
available
DIY
DIY
SOC 1 and SOC 2 compliance
Maybe
FISMA compliance
Maybe
CSA STAR compliance
Maybe
HIPAA compliance
Maybe
DRUPAL SUPPORT & ADMINISTRATION
Drupal support team available 24x7 for critical issue response
Enterprise
Drupal support team available for any application break-fix issues
Drupal core security updates
DIY
DIY
Contributed module security updates and code patches
DIY
DIY
Implementation of version control
DIY
DIY
Integrated Drupal code and configuration monitoring
Site uptime monitoring
DIY
DIY
Creation and modification of user roles and permissions
DIY
DIY
Drupal knowledge resources (tips and tricks, how-tos, best practices)
Video tutorials (Drupalize.me & Build-A-Module)
DRUPAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS
File transfers via SCP, SFTP, or rsync
DIY
Shell access via SSH
DIY
Nightly database backups
Maybe
DIY
Separate development, staging, and production environments
DIY
DIY
Easy deployment of code, files, and databases between environments
DIY
DIY
Version control via SVN or GIT
DIY
DIY
Drush support
DIY
DIY
Single-click site import/export
Log streaming
DIY
DIY
Cloud API
Cloud hooks
Local development tools (Acquia Dev Desktop)
DIY
DIY
DRUPAL SERVICES
Drupal performance audit
available
Drupal security audit
available
Integrated site search (Acquia Search)
Integrated spam-blocking (Acquia Mollom)