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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia is well-suited for any Drupal web platform. I think it best plays in the enterprise space, either for B2B or nonprofit/higher ed/government. Acquia is a great solution for smaller web platforms, as well, but the price is typically prohibitive in these scenarios.
Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

More suited I will say deploying your Web-server, Running some cloud applications, Deploying your micro-services, Managed database. Less suited is really hard to say but there can be some scenario where you can use free services like Google spreadsheet scripting for smaller data management and small workflows. Workflow automation is something you need multiple vendors to talk to each other at that time its preferred to go for something else.
Rahul Chhajed | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.3
Amazon Web Services
Role-based user permissions
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.3
Amazon Web Services

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services
API
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Creation

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.5
Amazon Web Services
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Amazon Web Services
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Admin section
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Page templates
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Library of website themes
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Publishing workflow
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Form generator
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
6.0
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Management

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.4
Amazon Web Services
Content taxonomy
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Amazon Web Services
SEO support
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Bulk management
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Community / comment management
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Amazon Web Services

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Dynamic scaling
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
9.4
Elastic load balancing
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
9.2
Pre-configured templates
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
8.0
Monitoring tools
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Pre-defined machine images
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Operating system support
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
8.8
Security controls
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
8.9

Pros

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • The Acquia Cloud Hosting (enterprise) provides a three-server solution. You have a Development, Staging (or UAT), and Production servers with a clear path of deployment straight up the chain. You may use Acquia's own Cloud Hooks, or their web admin UI interface to deploy to any or all of the servers.
  • Git is one of the foundation services built-in to the management of the website codebase. Allowing a developer, or well-trained end user (university employee) to easily deploy a tag or branch to any one of the servers, makes it very easy for us to offload the server / account management to the school, while we focus on improving their site.
  • Not only does Acquia Cloud provide a multi-datacenter failover disaster recovery solution, but they also maintain a multi-region failover as well, which allows for a fully redundant enviroment to be maintained in two geographic regions. No fear of losing any database changes or form submissions from students.
  • Lastly, the onboarding process is constantly being improved, and as I have been a third-party vendor involved in many of our hosting negotiations, I have seen it firsthand. Each enterprise client is assigned a small team of engineers, technical leads, and a pseudo-project-manager to explain the process in layman's terms to the client (university / college for my example), but they also perform a number of code reviews and best-practice analysis of a site prior to launch.
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

  • What I like in it, is its simple notification service which provides a mobile messaging feature to enable push messaging to my mobile devices as well.
  • It helps in sending out notifications to all my teammates with full integrity.
  • Responsive Support.
  • Offers a variety of features that help to manage my workload.
Martha Batruny | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • Responses from tickets aren't always from the same person, and can vary in effectiveness of solving your problem
  • While documentation is robust, it can be difficult to find exactly what you need
  • Provided forums are not monitored frequently, and are not as useful as they could be
Eric Steinborn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

  • If there is one thing I think AWS needs improvement on, it is the administration dashboard. It can be a nightmare to use especially when trying to access billing. This could be made better, honestly, as there should be a simplified way to access simple admin features.
  • While AWS was fairly easy to integrate into our solutions, it is not as easy to use without some IT knowledge. The dashboards are complicated and designed for someone who is computer savvy. If you are just want to keep track of billing, for example, you may need to take a course or spend a few hours with someone being walked through the admin console.
  • AWS does tend to be slow at times. If you do not have a fast internet connection, it can take time to access services that are hosted on AWS. This is not always the case but we have had clients complain about this if they are trying to access a service from multiple points (IP addresses). The only real fix we found was to make our files cache to another server and only keep current data accessible to clients.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia Digital Experience Platform 10.0
Based on 8 answers
As a Drupal Web Developer, I have not encountered or been exposed to any other hosting solution that could surpass the benefits of having a site hosted on Acquia Cloud. Although, for any side-project or low-cost freelance gigs, I cannot expect that I'll always have the option of recommending Acquia Cloud, and that's okay. While I am at work and trying to help our team gain more exposure to my companies' extensive list of clients, when we have the fortune of adding another Drupal-based client to our roster, getting those clients on Acquia Cloud makes every other aspect of building or modifying their school website that much easier
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 10 answers
We are almost entirely satisfied with the service. In order to move off it, we'd have to build for ourselves many of the services that AWS provides and the cost would be prohibitive. Although there are cost savings and security benefits to returning to the colo facility, we could never afford to do it, and we'd hate to give up the innovation and constant cycle of new features that AWS gives us.
Marc Schriftman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.3
Based on 5 answers
We find it quite easy to use. The only challenge is at the outset figuring out exactly what you need, given the large number of available services and options which could take a bit of time to get familiarised with and to decide on.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

AWS does not provide the raw performance that you can get by building your own custom infrastructure. However, it is often the case that the benefits of specialized, high-performance hardware do not necessarily outweigh the significant extra cost and risk. Performance as perceived by the user is very different from raw throughput.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.6
Based on 25 answers
Amazon Web Services boasts a really quick and helpful support with multiple communication options as well. For instance, on my personal account I incurred a minor charge due to mismanagement of a service. Upon contacting support, they quickly explained the issue to me and upon request waived the bill as a first time error.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
Brian Lusenhop | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

If you're project requires a multisite architecture with scalable site deployment, and your budget allows, I would recommend Acquia. Acquia pricing sits more on an Enterprise level, so it is overwhelming if you're hosting a smaller site. Pantheon is much more suited for smaller, one-off, independent sites, and they provide similar tooling, availability, and free SSL with every site. If you need to control every aspect of your server environment and you have a server admin on staff, then Rackspace can provide you with an open hosting environment for you to configure yourself.
Kyle Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited when we have a huge amount of data to store, process, manipulate and get meaningful information out of. It is also suitable when we need very fast data retrieval from the database. They provide a superior product at a fair price which allows us to further our goals and push the limits of what we are capable of as a team / company.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

  • Our website isn't a revenue generator, so we don't have specific ROI calculations.
  • The new website is helping us move off of a legacy on-prem server environment. The reduction of cost in maintaining those will be beneficial.
  • We have had to invest in some training for our developers to learn Drupal.
Jim MacLeod | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

  • AWS has lowered our employee cost, because you don't have to hire Network/Server Admins to manage infrastructure.
  • Increased productivity by incorporating Continuous Integration with AWS and our development life cycle.
  • Increased customer confidence by being able to provide HIPAA level security in our development and production environments
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Amazon Web Services

Pricing Details

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon Web Services

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
7.9
Amazon Web Services
8.9

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Amazon Web Services
9.4

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
7.3

Reliability and Availability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
9.0

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
7.6

Online Training

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
7.0

Implementation Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Amazon Web Services
10.0

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