I wanted to take some time to explain the evolution of Acquia's open-source stack and why this shift is important for our customers' success.
The benefit is an improved user experience that is usually faster, more dynamic in its behavior, and generally more application-like.
Acquia's investment in Headless Drupal
Managed Node.js on Acquia Cloud
Previously, if an organization wanted to build a decoupled architecture with Node.js, it was not able to host the Node.js application on Acquia Cloud.
This means that the organization would have to run Node.js with a separate vendor. In many instances, this requires organizations to monitor, troubleshoot and patch the infrastructure supporting the Node.js application of their own accord. Separating the management of the Node.js application and Drupal back end not only introduces a variety of complexities, including security risk and governance challenges, but it also creates operational strain.
Organizations must rely on two vendors, two support teams, and multiple contacts to build decoupled applications using Drupal and Node.js.
To eliminate this inefficiency, Acquia Cloud can now support both Drupal and Node.js. Our goal is to offer the best platform for developing and running Drupal and Node.js applications.
This means that organizations only need to rely on one vendor and one cloud infrastructure when using Drupal and Node.js. Customers can access Drupal and Node.js environments from a single user interface, in addition to tools that enable continuous delivery, continuous integration, monitoring, alerting and support across both Drupal and Node.js.
On Acquia Cloud, customers can access Drupal and Node.js environments from a single user interface.
Delivering on Acquia's mission
When reflecting on Acquia's first decade this past summer, I shared that one of the original corporate values our small team dreamed up was to "empower everyone to rapidly assemble killer websites". After ten years, we've evolved our mission to "build the universal platform for the world's greatest digital experiences".
While our focus has expanded as we've grown, Acquia's enduring aim is to provide our customers with the best tools available. Adding Node.js to Acquia Cloud is a natural evolution of our mission.