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Acquia Cloud versus your other options

We get it. When it comes to site hosting, you have many service options. Here's our view on the difference between these options: Hosting yourself, purchasing a "Managed Service" from a professional service provider, or Acquia Cloud .

Hosting Stack

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Fully redundant environments for failover
enterprise
X
On-demand server elasticity
enterprise
DIY
X
Dedicated load balancer
enterprise
DIY
DIY
High Availability Web Server Configuration
enterprise
DIY
DIY
High Availability Database Server Configuration
enterprise
DIY
DIY
Shared load balancer
DIY
DIY
Multi-tier Caching Support

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
Varnish page caching
DIY
DIY
OpCode caching
DIY
DIY
Memcache
DIY
DIY
Server Support

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
99.95% application uptime SLA
enterprise
DIY
Automated OS and LAMP patching
enterprise
X
X
99.95% server uptime SLA
enterprise
DIY
24x7 infrastructure support
DIY
Disaster Recovery

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
Multiple data center failover
enterprise
maybe
DIY
Multiple geographic region failover
optional
maybe
DIY
Automated Monitoring

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
Page Load Average
DIY
DIY
CPU Usage statistics
DIY
DIY
Users
DIY
DIY
Disk/Swap space
DIY
DIY
Network Bandwidth
DIY
DIY
RAM Memory Usage
DIY
DIY
Process monitoring
DIY
DIY
PHP Fatal Errors
DIY
DIY
File System Health
DIY
DIY
Reverse Proxy (Varnish) Health
DIY
DIY
Database (MySQL) Health
DIY
DIY
Mail Server
DIY
DIY
Backup Health
DIY
DIY
Security

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
SSL certificates
available
DIY
DIY
HTTPS support
available
DIY
DIY
SSAE 16 compliance
maybe
DIY
FISMA moderate compliance
maybe
DIY
Drupal Support

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
Full Drupal support team available 24x7
pro plus & enterprise
X
DIY
Complete Drupal application admin (security patches, updates, etc.)
enterprise
X
DIY
Drupal Maintenance

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
24x7critical coverage for Drupal
pro plus & enterprise
X
DIY
Unlimited ticket, phone and email-based support
enterprise
X
X
Drupal support team available for any Drupal break-fix issues
professional, pro plus, enterprise
X
X
Drupal Advisory Hours
pro plus, enterprise
X
X
Drupal Administration

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
Drupal core security updates
enterprise
X
DIY
Module security updates and code patches
enterprise
X
DIY
Fully managed and updated OS and LAMP stack for a Drupal-optimized hosting environment
enterprise
X
DIY
Creation and modification of user roles and permission
enterprise
X
DIY
Creation and modification of content types
enterprise
X
DIY
Knowledge & Drupal optimization tools

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
Acquia Library and Knowledge Base for Drupal Learning
X
X
Acquia Search for on-site search within Drupal
X
X
Dashboards for hosting data and metrics
X
X
Integrated Drupal Code and Config Monitoring (Acquia Insight )
X
X
Integrated Drupal SEO optimization (Acquia SEO Grader)
DIY
X
Integrated Drupal site search (Acquia Search )
DIY
X
Integrated SPAM block (Mollom)
X
DIY
Integrated application performance management (New Relic)
standard subscription included
X
DIY
Integrated application performance management (TraceView)
premium trial
X
DIY
Integrated site speed optimization (Yottaa)
free yottaa monitor / discounted optimizer
X
DIY
Integrated translation network (Lingotek)
free translation services
X
DIY
Integrated Load/Performance Testing (Blitz.io & BlazeMeter)
premium trials
X
DIY
Smart customer engagement (Evergage)
Trial & discounted subscription
X
X
Real-time web analytics (Chartbeat)
discounted subscription
X
X
Integrated A/B Page Testing (Visual Website Optimizer)
small business subscription
X
DIY
Video tutorials from Drupal learning (Drupalize.me & BuildAModule)
complimentary accounts
X
X
Drupal Developer Tools

Acquia Cloud
Traditional Managed Hosting
Internal Hosting
File transfers via SCP, SFTP, or rsync
DIY
Shell access via SSH
DIY
All access via secure channels
maybe
DIY
Nightly DB backups
maybe
DIY
Development, staging, and production environment
DIY
X
On-demand staging to production migration
DIY
DIY
Version Control via SVN or GIT
DIY
DIY
Video encoding support
DIY
DIY
PHP runtime reporting (New Relic)
DIY
DIY
Drupal Command Line - Drush
DIY
DIY
Automated Developer Workflow User Interface
X
X
Single-click site import/export
X
X
Multiple disaster recovery snapshots per day to secure remote data center
X
X
Drupal performance audit
available
X
X
Drupal security audit
available
X
X