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Acquia Cloud adds PHP 5.5 (and more)

Acquia Cloud strives to be the best place to build and manage Drupal web sites. One aspect of that is providing the best, most current PHP runtime environment for Drupal. We’ve long supported Drupal 6 and 7, and we are preparing to support Drupal 8 as soon as it is ready. Drupal 8 requires PHP 5.4 or newer, so today we are announcing that Acquia Cloud supports PHP 5.5 for all sites and all subscription levels.

How we test Acquia Cloud

Continuous Integration (CI) is powerful approach for improving software development and release engineering. Acquia Cloud provides a turn-key CI environment for our customers web applications. One important component of the CI process is automated tested, and Acquia Cloud makes it easy for our customers to run automated tests on their sites.

Acquia Achieves SSAE 16: Does It Really Matter [June 26, 2012]

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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CMS Wire

Acquia Achieves SSAE 16: Does It Really Matter

Acquia, which provides enterprise products and services for open source content management system (CMS) Drupal, has become one of the latest cloud vendors to complete SSAE 16 (SOC1) certification. The certification signals that a company has controls and procedures to secure and control content hosted on its platform. Are industry certifications like SSAE 16 enough to attract enterprises away from private cloud implementations?

Using GitHub with Acquia Cloud

Most Drupal developers are moving towards Git, and many of them prefer to host their Git repos at GitHub for their excellent Git support, Pull Requests with integrated code review, and more. At Acquia, we think GitHub is terrific, too, and like to use it for many of our own public and private projects.

Using git subtree to Make a Distro Your Docroot

A cornerstone of good Drupal development is deploying your site’s code from a version control system like Git or SVN. A further best practice is to put all your code in a directory in the repository, instead of at the top level of the repository. Doing this allows you to put other things into the repository that are not intended to be served publicly. For example, Acquia’s Cloud Hooks are scripts you put into the hooks directory that run when you deploy code, databases, or files, but should never be served as site content.

Acquia's Dev Cloud web platform - my first impressions [Jan 12, 2012]

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Thursday, January 12, 2012
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Techno Ergonomics

I have to admit that I love to tinker with things. When I started playing with Linux first about 10 years ago, I realized that here was a "toy" that I'd be able to enjoy for a long, long time. I've often worked on server configuration and always had a lot of fun making servers work for big sites.

That said, I took Acquia's Dev Cloud for a spin and really like it. No hassles, it really has to be the simplest high-traffic ready system I've ever used.

If you don't know Dev Cloud, its a Drupal specific web hosting system. You get three separate "server environments" for each site - development, testing and live production. There is a web-based deployment tool to manage these environments. There are also some nice extras, like support, Apache Solr search and a handful of web services that you can use with your sites.

In my next post I'll go over how you get your site running on Dev Cloud and some of the best practices that we've found using it.