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Giant Lego Druplicon

Topic: DrupalAcquiaI'm proud to announce Acquia's newest member of the team, the LEGO Druplicon, courtesy of DataFlow (now ONE Agency). It all started on a hot August day at DrupalCon Munich. On that day, I stopped by DataFlow's booth to look at... More

Meet Sam Lerner: "Acquia is fuel-injected knowledge."

Sam Lerner is an Acquia Client Advisor with something of a specialty in search technologies; he is the co-maintainer of the Google Search Appliance and Apache Solr Drupal projects. His job is to use his own knowledge and take advantage of Acquia's "deep bench" in all things Drupal to help clients make their websites successful. He calls working at Acquia "fuel injected knowledge". On Drupal history Sam got his start in the last days of Drupal 4 and the earliest days of Drupal 5. He says there's been an evolution from being "a toolkit to code up stuff ... Drupal 5 sites of any... More

Using the Akiban database with Drupal

For four years now I've been an advisor for Akiban, a Boston start-up building a new class of NewSQL/NoSQL database. I'm excited that after 4 years of hard work, Akiban launched their first Drupal customer solution in the Acquia Cloud. A great opportunity to talk a bit more about what Akiban is doing, and why I'm excited to help their team. The early phase strategy for Akiban is to augment existing deployments (for example MySQL) to enhance query performance among other capabilities.... More

Drupal-to-Drupal data migration - Part 2: The architecture

In a previous post, I described the basics of using the Drupal-to-Drupal data migration module (migrate_d2d) to import data into a Drupal 7 site from a separate Drupal 5, Drupal 6, or Drupal 7 site. Now that the first full release of migrate_d2d is available, I'd like to dig deeper, explaining the architecture of migrate_d2d and showing some more advanced examples of extending it. Basic... More

Acquia raises $30 million series E

Today, we announced that Acquia raised $30 million, our single largest financing we have done to date. The investors include Investor Growth Capital, Goldman Sachs, Accolade Partners and our existing investors; North Bridge Venture Partners, ... More

Meet Hernâni Borges de Freitas: Drupal at scale

Hernâni Borges de Freitas, a Technical Consultant at Acquia, specialises in "Doing lots of things with Drupal at scale: training and helping people go the right direction in Drupal. Acquia is bringing Drupal to different markets and perspectives, to big companies who want to use it to achieve better results. We make sure they go in the right direction. When they choose Drupal, we help make sure they choose the right solution, adapted to their needs, and that can grow with their business, instead of some closed solution that dies after... More

Content Staging for Drupal, BADcamp presentation

Ever since Drupal started to hit the big time, anyone talking about workflows and process at a Drupal con or camp has probably been asked this question: 'How can I migrate content from one Drupal site to another, so I can review changes before they go live?' I call this the Drupal content staging problem, and I've never had a good answer for it. Until now. In this BADcamp 2012 presentation, I described how to use the Services Client module and UUIDs to manage bi-directional... More

Movember: Donate for men's health.

Giving thanks, giving mo. With 5 days to go in Movember, I'm bothering you for nearly-the-last-time about donating to help the fight against testicular- and prostate cancer. See this mo? Does it look good? Don’t answer ... As my wife says, "It's better than cancer." Donate to help my magnificent moustache and the collective glory of the upper lips of the Mo Drupal team raise money for men's health. Movember fundraising is very close to home for me, very personal. I was... More

Drupal Gardens adds iPhone app, Wordpress import, Flags, and more!

Over the last few months, we have been busy adding features to Drupal Gardens. We are especially excited about the new Drupal Gardens iPhone app that lets you use your iPhone to contribute photos and just about any content type to your site. This free app communicates to Drupal Gardens sites via the MASt module.read more More

Acquia UX and Design at BADCamp 2012

BADCamp is the Bay Area Drupal Camp, held in Berkeley, California Nov 1-6, 2012. This year, over 1600 people registered and there were 8 different summits over two days, loads of sessions in 5 tracks over two days, and then two days of sprints. It's pretty impressive that this is also the the world's largest free Drupal event! Acquia UX team successes The Acquia design team was was particularly well represented at BADCamp. Dharmesh Mistry and myself, Usability Specialists from Acquia (and members the Drupal UX team), were the co-organizers of the Drupal's very first... More

Open Source in the Public Sector

There are times when it is hard to believe that anything innovative is happening in Washington. At the recent World Government Summit on Open Source, though, it became clear that over the past several years there has been a quiet transformation in the way government agencies are using technology. Throughout the course of the October 11 event, which is a gathering for open source advocates in the public sector, I noticed a trend in the conversation. There was a simple idea we kept returning to again and again: Open source software is influencing government today, and in a big way. Government... More

...and Migrate, future

The major theme of the next release of Migrate on Drupal 7, version 2.6, will be developing an infrastructure to make it easy for migration modules such as wordpress_migrate and migrate_d2d to build user-friendly interfaces for importing content, based on step-by-step wizards. This work includes not... More

Migrate, present...

Migrate 2.5 has been released, consolidating several enhancements and bug fixes since Migrate 2.4 was released in June. Class registration The most important changes to be aware of are around the registration of migration and handler classes. In the past, you simply defined the classes you needed, and Migrate would (by scanning the class registry and instantiating... More

Acquia Keeps New York’s MTA Websites Up and Running During Hurricane Sandy

When the threat of a natural disaster is aimed squarely at New York City, ensuring that public transportation information is continuously available is essential. With an average of 8.4 million subway riders per weekday, it’s clear public transportation is the backbone of New York life. The information and critical alerts provided by the website of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York can help minimize chaos and potentially save lives. Acquia is proud to have the MTA as a client and to have assisted the MTA in the days up to and after the Hurricane Sandy crisis to ensure... More

Acquia Preparedness Helps Calm Hurricane Sandy

For a family in the path of a powerful hurricane, preparedness might mean stocking up on fresh water and canned food, or even installing a generator. For the Operations Team at Acquia, preparedness in the face of an encroaching “superstorm” meant working closely with Amazon Web Services to ensure continuous availability of Acquia hosted websites. As the National Weather Service sounded warnings of a hurricane that was developing into a “perfect storm,” the Acquia team reached out to our Technical Account Manager at Amazon Web Services, whose network of data centers provide the foundation for... More

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