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Acquia Debuts 'Enterprise Drupal Gardens' [March 20, 2012]

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Drupal is a free software package that offers an opportunity to developers and content owners to easily organize, manage and publish their content. Drupal is open source software and is maintained by a community of 630,000+ users and developers. The solution is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”).

Acquia, the company that provides enterprise guides to Drupal has announced the introduction of a new platform named Enterprise Drupal Gardens. According to the company, this new platform allows users to create and manage endless content-rich, social websites. Some of the big names in content domain, such as Warner Music Group, have already started using this platform, the company stated in a press release.

“OpenSaaS Enterprise Drupal Gardens is a game changer. Global organizations are under pressure to find a flexible and low cost means to build incredible web experiences,” said Tom Erickson, chief executive officer at Acquia. “Warner Music Group is a great example of how we are helping enterprises dramatically reduce operational hurdles and costs, while offering them unparalleled freedom to create websites without boundaries, based on open source Drupal.”

Powerful Drupal CMS allows users to create photo and video galleries, custom content, forms and surveys, and dynamic content mashups. They can also easily style page elements and design themes and log in to sites with their ID’s from Facebook (News - Alert), Twitter, Google+, and twenty other social and business networks.

In other news, Acquia recently announced the release of the Acquia Cloud API. The Cloud API allows developers to extend, enhance and customize Acquia Cloud's capabilities including developer workflow, site management, and provisioning.

The Cloud API empowers the entire Drupal ecosystem, developers and businesses alike, to save time and accelerate deployment by integrating Acquia Cloud tools into their properties. Developers can now automate testing, data sanitization and other operations to ensure data and code quality is consistent across environments.

As a result, Acquia is able to provide a platform for professional developers, distribution builders, and web design agencies to rapidly roll out new websites and businesses.

Acquia lance l'interface de programmation Acquia Cloud [20 mars 2012]

DRUPALCON, DENVER, CO – March 20, 2012 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced the release of the Acquia Cloud API. The Cloud API allows developers to extend, enhance and customize Acquia Cloud’s capabilities including developer workflow, site management, and provisioning.

Acquia Selected by AlwaysOn as an OnDemand Top 100 Winner Recognized for creating new opportunities in on-demand software, cloud computing and SaaS [March 20, 2012]

BURLINGTON, MA – March 20, 2012 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the OnDemand Top 100 winners. Inclusion in the OnDemand 100 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players.

Acquia Names Content Management Veteran Joseph Wykes Vice President of Global Channels [March 20, 2012]

DRUPALCON, DENVER, CO – March 20, 2012 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced the appointment of recognized web content management industry leader Joseph Wykes as Vice President of Global Channels.

Acquia Launches the Acquia Cloud API [March 20, 2012]

DRUPALCON, DENVER, CO – March 20, 2012 – Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, today announced the release of the Acquia Cloud API. The Cloud API allows developers to extend, enhance and customize Acquia Cloud’s capabilities including developer workflow, site management, and provisioning.

Drupal start-up Acquia competes on community [March 15, 2012]

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Thursday, March 15, 2012
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Information Age

Dries Buytaert, founder of open source web content management system Drupal, says his company helps enterprises tap innovation from the Drupal community
Dries Buytaert wrote the first version of Drupal, the open source, PHP-based web content management system, in his university dorm room back in 2001.

Originally a message board system, Buytaert and his fellow volunteer developers used the software itself as a platform to collaborate on the project.

“We built our community on top of our own software,” he says. “We had to be open and transparent in order to build the software together, which meant that we needed it to have features that allowed us to be open and transparent. Those features are now part of the reason that people use Drupal.”

And use it they do. According to Buytaert, 2% of the world’s websites are built on Drupal. These are not just hobbyist developers – Drupal users include US telco Verizon, whose 90,000-user intranet is built on the platform, and the White House.

Until 2007, when Drupal already had many thousands of users, Buytaert did not receive any money for his invention, instead working as an embedded software engineer and later on his computer science PhD. He would stay up all night on conference calls with US end-user organisations “because it was just so much fun”, he recalls.

That year, however, he decided that it was time for a commercial venture based on Drupal. “For Drupal to be successful as a project, I felt that it needed to be successful in the enterprise,” he explains. “And for Drupal to be successful in the enterprise, there needed to be a company that could offer service-level agreements and contractual guarantees.

“Plus, I wanted to have a job,” he adds.

Enterprise guide

The result is Acquia, a venture-backed start-up that describes itself as “your enterprise guide to Drupal". One of Acquia’s business lines is based on the support networks offered by commercial open source suppliers Red Hat and MySQL (now part of Oracle).

Subscribers to the Acquia Network receive technical support, provided by engineers that Acquia has hired from the Drupal community.

“The beauty of having the Drupal community is that I don’t have to interview these people: you can see the quality of their work, and how they work with others,” explains Buytaert, who is Acquia’s chief technology officer.

Where Acquia differs from Red Hat and MySQL is that it does not sell an ‘enterprise’ version of the software. “There is only one Drupal,” Buytaert asserts.

Another business line is Acquia Cloud, a hosting service based on Amazon Web Services that is optimised for Drupal websites. “Organisations building websites will usually have a workflow that includes a development environment, a staging environment and a production environment,” says Buytaert. “Acquia Cloud provides them additional development tools.”

The third is Drupal Gardens. This is a hosted service that allows organisations to design, stage and host Drupal websites using a browser-based graphical interface.

Buytaert describes Drupal Gardens as ‘open SaaS’ (software as a service).

“Most SaaS companies won’t let you export your data, but Drupal Gardens allows you to export a .zip file with the MySQL database dump plus all the source code,” he explains. “This allows you to switch hosting provider if you wish, so there’s no lock-in.”

One of Acquia’s core principles, says Buytaert, is to act in the interests of the Drupal community. “The central investment thesis behind Acquia is that we will not be successful unless Drupal is successful. We’re tied at the hip.

“That means that we always put the community first, because the community is what makes Drupal innovative,” he adds. “The community means that if a popular new social web service is launched tomorrow, some developer somewhere will build a Drupal extension for it. At a conventional software company, it would take months before it would even get on the roadmap.”

There have been cases when putting the community first has cost Acquia time and money. “When we developed Drupal Gardens, we made several usability improvements that we could have kept to ourselves, but instead we submitted them to the latest version of Drupal,” explains Buytaert. “That meant going through the community approval process, which made it three times as expensive.”

Acquia is designed to make money, like any business, but Buytaert plans to do so by respecting the open source ethos, he says. “Open source leads to collaboration, which leads to community, which leads to innovation.”

Maxim gains business agility with Drupal re-platform, cost efficiency with Acquia Cloud

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'Moving to Acquia’s Cloud environment has provided an estimated 60% cost savings compared to the prior hosting provider with significantly increased reliability to their site’s performance.'

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En 2011, les recettes d'Acquia ont plus que doublé [8 mars 2012]

Nearly 150 percent revenue growth and 2000 customers including Twitter, eBay, Maxim Magazine, Mercedes-Benz and the U.S. Department of Energy headline results from record-setting year

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