Warner Music taps Acquia to build artists’ social sites [March 19, 2012]
Acquia Inc. has launched a new enterprise platform for companies to create and manage content-rich social websites and signed on Warner Music Group as its first enterprise customer.
Burlington-based Acquia today announced that it has created an enterprise version of its Drupal Gardens platform, a service that will enable customers to use Acquia’s website hosting, development and security services through a Web browser.
Similar to software-as-a-service (SaaS) models, Drupal’s service is an open content management system which means customers will not have to install any software or manage any servers.
Warner Music Group (WMG) will use Acquia’s enterprise version of Drupal, according to the company. The list of artists’ websites already on the platform include: The Man, Stevie Nicks, Iron & Wine, Surfer Blood, JaneDear girls and Gloriana.
Acquia CEO Tom Erickson said in a statement that “the platform is a “great example of how we are helping enterprises dramatically reduce operational hurdles and costs.” Drupal has seen huge growth since its creator, Acquia co-founder and Dries Buytaert open-sourced Drupal in 2001. The platform now powers more than a million websites and has a community of 775,000 developers and users in 228 countries, according to the company.
Acquia raised $15 million of a $20 million fundraise in July 2011 just months before moving from its location in Worburn to its new digs at 25 Corporate Dr. in Burlington.