Today's web applications face very real challenges to deployment. Websites are incredibly content rich, highly dynamic, and subject to massive swings in load because of anything from content gone viral to the death of a celebrity.
Putting a CMS in the cloud addresses the scalability issue--at least, in theory. The cloud must be optimized for the application to get its full benefit. It doesn't matter that three servers are ready to catch extra traffic if they're not configured to do so. Further, a cloud platform that's not configured to match the CMS's particular needs will have to work much harder than it needs to, resulting in higher loads than is really needed to serve the traffic. For example, it makes sense to cache static content: But will the cloud be able to tell the difference between a user who's signed into the application (and therefore receives dynamic content) and one who isn't?
R2integrated (R2i), a digital marketing and technology firm, has entered into an enterprise level partnership agreement with Acquia, the leading provider of commercial solutions for the open source Drupal social publishing system.
This partnership combines the power of Acquia’s Drupal products and services with R2i’s enterprise experience in designing, creating and executing award-winning web properties for a range of clients, from small non-profits and local businesses to large enterprises. Together, the partners will be delivering innovative online experiences that facilitate social publishing and drive engagement.
Acquia, which was founded by Drupal's creator in 2007, announced Commons 2.0, the next version of its social business software. Commons, an open-source platform, combines social features such as activity streams, social networking, blogs, wikis, badges and events with analytics, support and management services.
Their newest release will give enterprises the freedom to create communities based on their social style and design. Acquia touts easy integration of its SaaS solution, promising deployment in weeks instead of months, and a lower cost than proprietary solutions, the company says.
Anyone who thinks cloud isn't displacing jobs should talk with Dries Buytaert, co-founder and CTO of Acquia, a Drupal-based PaaS. During a panel on the future of cloud, he said one of the largest media and entertainment companies has moved a bunch of sites to the Acquia service and let go the "entire IT team" that was running those sites. Word to the wise: If your job title is "Web master" at Acme Corp., watch out.
Acquia introduced Commons 2.0, the next generation of its open social business software solution. The new version features enhanced flexibility to choose social interaction style for a community site, cloud installation and configuration within weeks, and enhanced control over designs, features and templates.
The "suits" behind Acquia, the company that provides "commercial services" for the open-source social publishing platform Drupal, has this week [announced] its Commons 2.0 social business software solution.
Every aspect of software application development appears to be getting "social media collaboration style" enhancements right now, so what's so special about this announcement?
It won’t surprise anyone to hear that established companies aren’t moving their most important apps and data to the cloud — at least not yet — but, we got confirmation on that from some of the leading cloud vendors and some of the most progressive cloud adopters, who all gathered this week at the Structure Conference in San Francisco to talk about the state of the cloud.
Acquia has released the second generation of its Social-as-a-Service software solution with Commons 2.0. Acquia is a commercial open source “social platform”, supporting corporations using Drupal software to create community websites.
With Commons 2.0, businesses are able to create communities for their brands that include activity streams, social networking, blogs, wikis, badges and events. On the back end, the open source Web CMS platform provides analytics, support and management services for users.
SaaS vendors are looking to lock customers in to long term contracts with no exit strategy, says Jim Shaw, who argues that a new model, OpenSaas, could be the answer.
One of cloud’s best kept secrets is the lack of portability for applications delivered using the Software as a Service (SaaS) model. Many resellers help companies sign up for SaaS applications with the belief that it'll be easy for them to migrate to another if they need to. But that runs against the plans of the SaaS vendors, who look for long-term agreements to lock customers in by providing no exit strategy. A new model, called OpenSaas, is the answer.
Acquia's Bryan House, VP Product Marketing, discusses OpenSaaS and its ability to enable organizations to focus on their core competencies, without sacrificing control over the web experiences that propel their business.
I posted a news blog earlier this month concerning some high profile adoption of the Drupal open source Content Management System (CMS) -- or to use Drupal's preferred description, "The free and open source software package for publishing, managing and organising a variety of content on a website."
With Drupalcon London coming up this August and with the interest that story received I feel it is justified if we revisit the topic with some comment from the commercially-backed spiral arm of the Drupal galaxy.
... and the name you are looking for here is Acquia.
The Enterprise 2.0 Conference, produced by UBM TechWeb, today previews exhibitor news and announcements that will be happening at next week's event, taking place June 20-23, 2011 at the Hynes Convention Center. Enterprise 2.0 Conference is the leading event for companies looking to transform their business through social business tools and application platforms and is a unique setting for exhibitors to showcase their latest products and services to a targeted E2 audience. More information available at: http://www.e2conf.com/.
"We're thrilled with the announcements being made by those at the forefront of Enterprise 2.0," said Steve Wylie, Enterprise 2.0 Conference General Manager. "This impressive preview into exhibitor news happening at Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston attests to the strength of the event and the innovation occurring in today's market. We are excited to learn more about these new technologies and social business products next week and to have the opportunity to interact with them first-hand."
The list of companies making announcements leading up to or at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference currently includes:
Acquia is revealing the newest version of its "open alternative" social business software, giving enterprises the freedom to create communities matching their desired social style and design. Commons 2.0 offers the most complete and flexible enterprise-class solution for building communities at a lower cost than proprietary solutions.
Social business is no longer a nice to have, but is now a business imperative to improve customer communication and engagement, build loyal partner networks and improve internal collaboration.
We have been blogging, tweeting, connecting and collaborating online for years, but now it’s not just for personal use. The growth in social business can be measured by the amount being spent on software solutions purchased to help enterprises meet their social business strategies. According to Gartner, spending on social software to support sales, marketing, product development and customer service will exceed $1 billion worldwide in 2013.
Acquia, a commercial open source “social publishing” solution for corporations using Drupal, has partnered with Engine Yard, a provider of Ruby on Rails web development framework.
With this partnership, both companies (each which is considered a PaaS, or platform-as-a-service) will be able to offer publishers who use Drupal and Ruby on Rails a one-call solution at the “database level, operating system level, web server level and the application level,” says Bryan House, the VP of marketing with Acquia.
Red Hat isn’t the only open source provider pursuing the Platform-as-a-Service market for developers.
This week, Acquia and Engine Yard announced they have joined forces to create a cloud service for Drupal and Ruby on Rails. The new fully managed PaaS will incorporate Acquia’s open source web content management system based on Drupal and Engine Yard’s Ruby on Rails development platform for the cloud.
Drupal-based software developer Acquia (www.acquia.com) announced on Tuesday it plans to partner with Ruby on Rails-based development and deployment platform Engine Yard (www.engineyard.com) to offer a fully managed cloud solution for Drupal and Ruby on Rails applications.
The new partnership will help those professionals who use Drupal and RoR to more effectively develop social websites and custom web applications.
Acquia has announced Drupal Commons 1.6, which is said to offer a complete set of social software tools. The new version of Commons allows companies to get all of their social tools in one integrated package .
Woburn, MA - June 2, 2011 - Early this past May, co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert of Acquia, a provider of commercial open source, social publishing solutions for Drupal, shared his insights for web-based business owners, developers and marketers on Drupal in the Enterprise at the 2011 CMS Expo Learning and Business Conference.
CMS stands for content management systems, which are platforms that we use everyday, either built in-house to manage company workflow or well-known platforms like WordPress, which are used by most online publishing sites (like this one). Intrigued by Buytaert’s thoughts on open source’s potential for disruption, I reached out for an interview to discuss 5 reasons why open source will shake the CMS establishment industry.
The Enterprise 2.0 Conference, produced by UBM TechWeb, today announced Acquia as a finalist selected to participate in this year's Launch Pad program. The Launch Pad contest provides a unique public forum for unveiling new social tools within the enterprise, and takes place during the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston on Wednesday, June 22 at the Hynes Convention Center. The Enterprise 2.0 Conference is the largest and most important event focused on the growing market for enterprise social software, and dedicated to exploring how Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies are changing business today. For more information visit: http://launchpad.e2conf.com/.