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Drupal Gardens now in open beta

Today we’ve reached another important milestone at Acquia: Drupal Gardens is now in open beta. No more beta codes. No more waiting to try the service. Now anyone can access Drupal Gardens and create a free Drupal 7 site!

Pipe Dream: Geographically Distributed Drupal

The speed of light is, unfortunately, still a constant. If your Drupal site has users in San Francisco, New York, London, Tokyo, Delhi, and Australia (and whose doesn't?), you've had no good way to give all of them fast access to your site. No matter where you put your master database server, most people have to cross an ocean to access it. Perhaps you can put read-only slave databases with local web servers in locations around the world, but then the remote users still have a long haul when they want to log in and create content---which is, after all, what your Drupal site is for.

I am experimenting with an approach to solving this problem that allows users to log in and create content using web and slave database servers that are geographically close to them while maintaining a single consistent Drupal site. It does not require multiple active database master servers and all the intractable problems that causes. My system, called Pipe Dream, intercepts database-changing operations at the remote locations and sends them over a message queue (a.k.a. a pipe) to the primary location where they are replayed.

Acquia Search: an update after one year

About 20 months ago, at Acquia, we began working on a hosted offering for Apache Solr, an open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Exactly one year ago, we launched it commercially as Acquia Search. Time and the public reaction have proven that we made the right choice.

Are you thinking like a marketer? If not, you should be!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that traditional notions of “marketer” are long gone. Ten years ago you’d pretty much be able to categorize marketers into one or a few main buckets. We hung out at tradeshows, we had a handful of tools at our disposal to measure customer acquisition, engagement and ROI. For the most part we all worked in the same department- the marketing department. I was at Lotus at the time. It was a great little club and to all my fellow marketers who can actually remember what it was like back then, you know what I’m talking about.

Tom Erickson on Gov 2.0

Government: Of the People, By the People, For the People

Tom Erickson, Acquia's CEO provides context for his Gov 2.0 Expo session: Drupal and Social Publishing Strategies for Meeting the Open Government Directive.

Extraordinary glimpse of Acquia Client Advisors in action

Working at Acquia often means taking on the hard problems, the big challenges, and making the difference between success and failure for our customers. To highlight just how flexible our Client Advisory Team needs to be on a daily basis, I want to share with you this extraordinary glimpse into the inner workings of a real life customer who was dealing with a Drupal problem they never even imagined could exist.

On business models for Drupal distributions

The fact that thousands of developers use Drupal to make money building websites for their customers has resulted in thousands of modules being created and hundreds of events being organized around the world. When I started Drupal, I wasn't aware of the importance of such a commercial ecosystem. Looking back at 10 years of working on Drupal, it is an important lesson learned. If I were to start a new Open Source project (I'm not!), the ability to build out a large commercial ecosystem would be one of the criteria that I'd look for.

Acquia Hosting: an update after 8 months of Drupal hosting

Roughly 8 months ago at DrupalCon Paris, we launched Acquia Hosting. In this blog post, I wanted to give a quick update on where we are after 8 months.

Enterprise Drupal Gardens

Early last year, shortly after I had officially joined Acquia as an employee, I was thinking about critical issues that enterprises face when confronting the interactive web. Acquia had heard from several corners of the market about their headaches with current technologies.


DrupalCon Buzz - Can We Say the "R" word for Drupal 8?

If you are reading this and Drupal 7 is not yet released, pop over to the critical issue queue and roll, review, or comment on a patch before you go any further!

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