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Drupal enjoys rocketing growth [June 29, 2012]

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IT World

June 29, 2012, 11:53 AM — While Red Hat remains the poster child for open source success stories, at least in the eyes of the business world, Drupal vendor Acquia has quietly been enjoying phenomenal growth and accolades of its own.

The Burlington, MA-based startup has hired over 50 new employees since the start of the year, and plans to hire at least 50 more in the third quarter alone, according to a tweet from CTO and co-founder Dries Buytaert this morning.

The Drupal content management system is one of the most popular CMS in the world today and, like competing platforms Joomla! and WordPress, is open source. Acquia is the commercial vendor of Drupal, which Buytaert co-founded in 2007.

In the ensuing four years, Acquia has picked up $38.5 million in venture cap funding and has well over 2,000 customers. Not only does Acquia provide the usual sort of support for Drupal deployments, but it also hosts websites on its Drupal Gardens service, and provides elastic Managed Cloud hosting services.

Meanwhile, the Drupal community has done spectacularly well, too. The non-profit Drupal Association, started in 2006, has become one of the largest open source communities in the world.

"We have supported the Drupal community in its exponential growth from 70,000 members to over 800,000 and from 700 committers to over 18,000. And we are just getting started," Buytaert wrote in a blog entry this week.

Acquia Completes SSAE 16 Examination [June 26, 2012]

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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Compliance Week

Acquia Completes SSAE 16 Examination

Acquia, the enterprise guide to open-source content management system Drupal, announced that it has recently completed and obtained a service auditor's review for the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16.

SSAE 16, which replaces the previous SAS70 auditing standard, is a regulatory standard issued by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. A critical component in achieving SSAE 16 compliance is an organization's ability to reduce risk and provide clients with controlled security measures.

Social Network Generates Market Research for Mercedes-Benz [March 7, 2012]

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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Baseline Magazine

But after a year of repeated problems with stability and scalability, TNS and our team decided to migrate to Acquia Commons, an open-source, enterprise-scale social business software platform from Acquia, a company that enables enterprises to use the open-source Web content management/social publishing system Drupal. The collaborative environment includes blogs, wikis, calendars and other capabilities that enable social networking.

Acquia Commons allowed TNS to quickly build our complex Website while adhering to our strict brand guidelines, a tight timeline and budget constraints, as well as maintaining the flexibility needed to support strategic requirements. The platform provided many community features implemented out of the box (such as relationships, user points, badges) and made it easy to add features, such as member discussions enhanced with a rating and reward system. We also chose to host the site on the Acquia Managed Cloud. Commons helped get Stars Insight, our social community Website, off the ground quickly and easily, and provided us with a whole tool box of quantitative market research.

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BRIT Awards Website Enjoys Traffic Frenzy [Jan 25, 2012]

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Entertainment-focus.com

Following last week’s much anticipated and talked about nominations launch, the BRIT Awards with MasterCard website has seen record numbers of visitors as music fans log on to http://www.brits.co.uk to find out the latest news and information about next month’s ceremony.

The BRITs website is hosted and supported by Acquia, whose cloud infrastructure enables clients to rapidly scale their web sites in response to surges in site traffic. Jim Shaw, VP of Europe at Acquia, weighs in.

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Acquia Managed Cloud: Highly Available Architecture for Highly Unpredictable Traffic

While most companies with business-critical sites can’t afford downtime, accurately predicting traffic every day is impossible. This leaves organizations hosting in the cloud with two options: Overpay for physical servers you might rarely need, or underpay and suffer the consequences of failure. Whether failure comes in the form of brand and reputation damage, or in more hard opportunity cost dollars, the fact remains: failure costs too much.
 

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