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Multiple sites per server on Acquia Dev Cloud

When we announced Acquia Dev Cloud at Drupalcon Chicago last month, we said it was primarily designed for professional developers who build and deploy multiples Drupal sites. Today, we are delivering one of the key features behind that promise: the ability to click to create and manage multiple sites on a single Dev Cloud account.

In case you haven't had a chance to watch the Dev Cloud webinar, here's a quick summary of what Dev Cloud offers:

  • Acquia’s battle-tested LAMP and Drupal hosting stack, pre-configured and tuned for Drupal, used by some of the largest and best known Drupal sites and serving 2.2 billion hits in March alone.
  • Separate development, testing, and production environments, each deployed automatically from a source-code repository.
  • An incredibly easy to use, drag-and-drop developer workflow interface that lets you tag and deploy code, databases, and files across your development, testing and production environments.
  • Automatic nightly and single-click on-demand backups and restores.
  • Access to Acquia Network services for your site such as faceted search, spam blocking, in-depth performance monitoring.

With today's update, you can now create multiple, separate sites within your Dev Cloud account. All of your individual sites have all of the features listed above. Furthermore, each site runs as a separate Unix user with its own SSH keys, code repository, backups, Dev Cloud UI, and so on. This means your sites can safely run on the same server and even be managed by different teams for different clients.

Creating a new site on your Dev Cloud account is simple. Just visit the "Cloud" page on the UI:

The Site nickname is the human-readable name for the site; in this picture, I'm looking at the site whose nickname is "Dev Cloud Demo". The Dev Cloud username will be the site's Unix username, source-code repository name, default database name, etc. Fill out the form, press "Add site", and your new site will be ready in a few moments.

The number of sites you can put on your Dev Cloud account depends on the Acquia Network subscription you purchase. A Developer subscription can have up to three; a Professional subscription can have up to ten. We believe that Dev Cloud is an incredible value even for just a single site—for little more than the price of a dedicated VPS, you get a pre-configured, Drupal-tuned server with powerful developer workflow tools, automated backups, and several great add-on services. However, for multiple sites, it becomes an even better deal. For three sites, a Dev Cloud server with a Developer subscription works out to only $50/site/month, while for 10 sites a Dev Cloud server with a Professional subscription is only $27/site/month. The Pro subscription even includes 6 support tickets, for which we will answer questions about any aspect of your Drupal site, including questions about your own custom developed modules and themes.


Posted on by Richard Jones.

You'll appreciate just what an amazing setup this is. We were an "early adopter" of DevCloud and have nothing but good things to say about it!

Whilst it's pretty straight forward to set up your own LAMP stack, this level of performance tuning and multi-environment setup is *really* hard to get right. Throw in Acquia Search, Mollom, New Relic Monitoring and version control and there's no looking back.

Being able to host multiple smaller clients on the same server (and a server we can select the size of) is the big selling point for us. This level of high performance environment is now affordable - we couldn't have considered this before when the only option was Managed Cloud.

It's also reassuring to know that there are real Drupal experts at the hosting centre who aren't going to turn round and say "it's something in the application layer, we can't help with that".

Congratulations Barry and the team on a great product!

Richard Jones
CTO, www.i-kos.com

Posted on by Linda Romey.

I saw the presentation in Chicago and the next week bought a subscription. We launched our first site three weeks ago and I'm very happy that I chose DevCloud--even though it meant learning how to use the command line and svn repositories. But a couple books and lots of YouTube tutorials later (along with some clarifications from Brenda on the Acquia forum page), I've got it down and have been able to confidently work on my dev server while the production site is safe from any snafus. The testing server in between gives me added security as well as letting my co-workers see how things work and practice managing the parts of the site for which they are responsible.

The UI is really user-friendly, I like the drag-and-drop workflow as well as the ease of moving to new tags and creating backups. At one point I had to roll back and it worked like a charm! Thanks for a great product!

Posted on by Jamil Daglees.

I've been using Acquia DevCloud for all our new sites and it ROCKS. I've also migrated a couple of sites previously in another cloud solution. ApacheBench revealed an instantaneous 200% increase in the number of pages served per second.

The product gets covered in Acquia Webinars where you get to ask the Lead Engineer questions and get answers directly. It also receives updates from time to time that make it even more awesome.

I highly recommend it to everyone serious about their Drupal development.

Posted on by saeedeh rad.

I have just started to use the acquia dev desktop. and to start my web site ( using dupal kickstart) i imported the files and defined the database name and server , but when i want to finish and click import button , this error appears : host file is not writable 'c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts'
i also tried to use the default server name which is 'localhost' , but another error is shown: 'localhost domain name is reserved' .
what should i do to install and import my web?!?

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