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Crossing the Cloud Rubicon Requires Human Participation

We’re several years into the cloud revolution, and IT departments are officially on board: they’re slated to spend $13B on cloud computing this year. In-house racks and thick clients are cumbersome compared to cheap, hands-off cloud services. With costs shaved off in-house servers, IT teams can finally focus on those projects that engage users and boost company ROI.

Acquia Cloud: by developers, for developers

As a Drupal developer for 7 years, I’ve shed plenty of (mostly figurative) blood, sweat, and tears over the sites and modules I’ve built. At Acquia, I work on our Cloud tools, making sure my fellow developers never have to worry about many of the issues I used to deal with constantly. There are three basic areas where Acquia Cloud makes developers’ lives better.

“Don’t make me think about hosting”

Password protecting non-production environments

Protecting your staging and development environments is nearly as important as protecting your production server. There are several ways to do this, including adding modules to your sites or modifying your settings.php file.

Acquia + You: Keeping Sites Online and Performant

On Acquia’s Support team, we see all sorts of issues every day. Many are unique to the particular purpose and configuration of a site, but there are a variety of issues that can appear on even the most well-built and meticulously maintained web applications. We see these often enough that they are among the first things we look for when a site goes down or begins to experience specific symptoms, and we are often able to resolve them quickly precisely because we have learned from experience what will and what will not work.

Custom Distributions on Acquia Cloud: Part 1 -- Drush Make

Every developer has a slightly different approach to building their Drupal sites. I’ve tried just about every approach, and they all have their merits, but my favorite is Drush Make. Before joining Acquia, I didn’t realize Acquia Cloud supported Drush Make, but I was delighted to discover that I was wrong. Assuming I’m not the only person who had missed this fact, I wanted to spend a little time highlighting where this exists and how I’m using it.

Don’t wait, update your codebase now!

TL;DR: a security update for Drupal 7 and Drupal 6 was just released. All sites are affected and sites that are not updated immediately may experience Denial of Service (DoS) attacks leading to unexpected downtime.

Update: This vulnerability was covered on Mashable and one of the reporters published a detailed full disclosure of the vulnerability.

New Cloud Features & UX Improvements

Acquia is constantly working to improve our service offerings, and that means cleaning up existing features and adding new ones that we know will make a big difference in people’s workflow for the better. Despite the scale of some of these improvements, they’re not always immediately visible at first glance, so I’ve taken a bit of time to highlight three recent ones.

And the Emmy Award for Web CMS Goes to ... Acquia [July 8, 2014]

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By Dom Nicastro

No, the Primetime Emmy Awards hasn’t added a category for Best Digital Experience or Best Performing Web CMS.

But Web CMS and customer experience will be a major behind-the-scenes component on the day the television awards show announces its nominees online at the Emmys website.

Acquia, which provides a platform for content, community and commerce, is powering that website with its Acquia Cloud — which was also the Web CMS engine behind the Grammys — that includes an elastic infrastructure and delivery solutions for Drupal.

“It's critical that our site performs at its very best,” Marc Wade, executive director of digital for the Television Academy, said in a statement. “That's why we sought a technology partner with the experience and Drupal expertise to ensure TelevisionAcademy.com scales to meet the massive demand generated by the Emmys and other events, and that search led us to Acquia."

The Numbers
So let’s dig into the numbers. Demand for the awards shows’ website and content on nomination days is through the roof.

Last year during the Emmy nominations – due out Thursday this year — Emmys.com saw 719,000 unique visitors and 3.5 million page views, according to Chuck Fishman, media, entertainment and publishing director at Acquia. And 300,000 came via mobile.

After the nominations are announced on a live webcast, the interest continues through all the events and content that lead up to the telecast of the Primetime Emmy Awards. That night, during the pre-show, the telecast and post-show, TelevisionAcademy.com (which feeds into Emmys.com) offers information on all the nominees, behind the scenes interviews and moments with the night's winners and presenters with a second-screen experience, “Backstage Live.”

Why Acquia?
CMSWire asked Jess Iandiorio, vice president of product marketing at Acquia, what sets the Acquia CMS apart from the competition. Acquia, she said, takes a holistic approach to resiliency. It starts with giving customers access to tools that "test and validate" the quality of their application, such as Acquia Insight.
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The Emmys, Grammys, SAG Awards and Acquia

As Media and Entertainment director at Acquia, I have been very busy this quarter evangelizing Drupal as the future proof, flexible, and robust digital content platform of choice for the industry. Acquia of course offers premier hosting, support, services and products for companies running Drupal and this quarter we have on boarded many new media brands as customers.

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