Acquia: Building a scalable Drupal deployment in the cloud

Acquia.. Acquia…Acquia …. So How will you pronounce this word? Here is the explanation.


Yes, that was Dries Buytaert in the video, Founder and Project Lead of Drupal CMS and also Founder CEO of Acquia. This is the web generation where PaaS architecture is taking good shapes now. We have many options available in globe such as GetPantheon, Omega, Appfog, etc. But why Acquia?

Acquia offers two very distinct choices: DevCloud and Managed Cloud. The former is a single virtual machine on EC2. The latter is a more traditional cluster with a multi-tier setup (Varnish, PHP, and MySQL being separate) that spans multiple EC2 machines. DevCloud can scale vertically as high as a single EC2 instance can. Managed Cloud can scale both horizontally and vertically.

And more from the Acquia website:

Single vendor for complete Drupal infrastructure support
Acquia is your one-stop shop for maintenance and support for your entire Drupal infrastructure. We’ll keep your Drupal and LAMP stack secure, up-to-date and perform to meet your business requirements. Best of all, there’s only one number to call when you need support.

Highly available, high-performance architecture
Eliminate unexpected site downtime with our clustered, multi-tier cloud-based architecture. Our servers with load balancing and built-in redundancy ensure your Drupal site will meet your scalability and performance requirements.

Integrated with your development workflow
Integrate your development and deployment processes to Acquia Hosting with hosted Git based repositories for code management, on-demand staging environments for testing and automated deployment to production instances.

You can learn more about this product at Acquia’s product page.

Drupal is a framework for building dynamic web sites offering a broad range of features and services including user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes. A Drupal installation is generally comprised of a mix of core and contributed modules.”

Creation of a “whole product” around Drupal is the mission of companies such as Acquia Inc. Acquia is a software-as-a-service company from Boston that provides products, services, and technical support for Drupal. They provide a range of services such as robust, optimized Drupal platform hosting, development tools, and technical support.

Use of Drupal has increased dramatically among provinces and federally, particularly in light of the Open Government Strategy, which encourages federal departments to adopt solutions that promote open information, open data and open government. Open source apps are enabling people to explore the wild, get updated train arrival times, access government research and publications, and bid on government contracts.

Many of our clients were attracted to the idea of hosting on Acquia’s high availability platform, but they were concerned about a lack of local support staff and the potential for slower speeds if their media assets were served from the cloud. And we experienced valuable service from Acquia.

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