Acquia: Counting Down to Commercially Supported Drupal
The folks from Acquia were in San Francisco for the LinuxWorld conference this week. Acquia, as we've covered before, has been working away on an array of support offerings and services for the powerful open source Drupal content management system (CMS). OStatic is based on Drupal, as are sites such as Fast Company and The Onion. Acquia's goal is to apply a Red Hat-like approach to support and services for Drupal, and it will deliver these offerings later this year. I caught up with Barry Jaspan, security lead and principal engineer at Acquia, to find out what's cooking.
Acquia shored up $7 million in funding last December, and Acquia's co-founder Dries Buytaert also founded Drupal. (Disclosure: Acquia is a sponsor of OStatic.) Given the ubiquity and complexity of Drupal, along with the dearth of support for it, the small company may have a good strategy. When I spoke with Barry Jaspan, he was quick to conjure up comparisons between Acquia and Red Hat's business model.