60 Ratings
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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

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

Google App Engine

App Engine is such a good resource for our team both internally and externally. You have complete control over your app, how it runs, when it runs, and more while Google handles the back-end, scaling, orchestration, and so on. If you are serving a tool, system, or web page, it's perfect.If you are serving something back-end, like an automation or ETL workflow, you should be a little considerate or careful with how you are structuring that job. For instance, the Standard environment in Google App Engine will present you with a resource limit for your server calls. If your operations are known to take longer than, say, 10 minutes or so, you may be better off moving to the Flexible environment (which may be a little more expensive but certainly a little more powerful and a little less limited) or even moving that workflow to something like Google Compute Engine or another managed service.
Tristan Dobbs | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Platform-as-a-Service

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.2
Ease of building user interfaces
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
7.9
Scalability
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
9.2
Platform management overhead
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
7.6
Workflow engine capability
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.1
Platform access control
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.1
Services-enabled integration
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.0
Development environment creation
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.2
Development environment replication
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.1
Issue monitoring and notification
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.5
Issue recovery
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.1
Upgrades and platform fixes
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.6

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

Google App Engine

  • Quick to develop, quick to deploy. You can be up and running on Google App Engine in no time.
  • Flexible. We use Java for some services and Node.js for others.
  • Great security features. We have been consistently impressed with the security and authentication features of Google App Engine.
Jonah Dempcy | 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

Google App Engine

  • There is a slight learning curve to getting used to code on Google App Engine.
  • Google Cloud Datastore is Google's NoSQL database in the cloud that your applications can use. NoSQL databases, by design, cannot give handle complex queries on the data. This means that sometimes you need to think carefully about your data structures - so that you can get the results you need in your code.
  • Setting up billing is a little annoying. It does not seem to save billing information to your account so you can re-use the same information across different Cloud projects. Each project requires you to re-enter all your billing information (if required)
Anonymous | 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

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.3
Based on 8 answers
App Engine is a solid choice for deployments to Google Cloud Platform that do not want to move entirely to a Kubernetes-based container architecture using a different Google product. For rapid prototyping of new applications and fairly straightforward web application deployments, we'll continue to leverage the capabilities that App Engine affords us.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.0
Based on 8 answers
Google App Engine is very intuitive. It has the common programming language most would use. Google is a dependable name and I have not had issues with their servers being down....ever. You can safely use their service and store your data on their servers without worrying about downtime or loss of data.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google App Engine

Google App Engine 8.3
Based on 18 answers
Good amount of documentation available for Google App Engine and in general there is large developer community around Google App Engine and other products it interacts with. Lastly, Google support is great in general. No issues so far with them.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

We decided to switch as Acquia/Drupal looked to have a better library of 'off the shelf' modules that could easily be integrated into the platform. The hosting and CDN options were comparable however I was personally happier with Acquia's close relationship with Cloudflare.
Nick Lamming | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

We were on another much smaller cloud provider and decided to make the switch for several reasons - stability, breadth of services, and security. In reviewing options, GCP provided the best mixtures of meeting our needs while also balancing the overall cost of the service as compared to the other major players in Azure and AWS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Acquia Digital Experience Platform 8.9
Based on 3 answers
The data Acquia collects, and the way it displays it and is able to be imported into other tools is useful beyond just teams working on our main website. Segment data can be collected and imported into other tools to help further break down user metrics based on certain criteria we have deemed important.
Ben Tolmachoff, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google App Engine

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Google App Engine

  • Effective employee adoption through ease of use.
  • Effective integration to other java based frameworks.
  • Time to market is very quick. Build, test, deploy and use.
  • The GAE Whitelist for java is an important resource to know what works and what does not. So use it. It would also be nice for Google to expand on items that are allowed on GAE platform.
Paul Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

General

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

Acquia Digital Experience Platform Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Google App Engine

General

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

Google App Engine Editions & Modules

Edition
Starting Price$0.051
Max Price$0.301
  1. Per Hour Per Instance
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
9.4
Google App Engine
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Google App Engine
8.3

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.0

Performance

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
10.0

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.3

Implementation Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Google App Engine
8.0

Scalability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.9
Google App Engine

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