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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

Microsoft Azure

[Microsoft] Azure provides a great "get up and running" environment particularly when you need to map multiple resources together, such as database, web app, storage, and analytics. The "Application Insights" feature is particularly strong because it allows you to do a "one click" install of an agent that can track performance and transactions all the way down to the database level. The [Microsoft] Azure dashboard allows you to easily find resources you need and access the current resources you have. Setting up new resources also uses a well managed "wizard" like structure to make it easy.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.3
Microsoft Azure
Role-based user permissions
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.3
Microsoft Azure

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Microsoft Azure
API
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
8.0
Microsoft Azure

Web Content Creation

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

Web Content Management

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

Platform-as-a-Service

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.0
Ease of building user interfaces
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
7.2
Scalability
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
9.0
Platform management overhead
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Workflow engine capability
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Platform access control
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Services-enabled integration
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.5
Development environment creation
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.5
Development environment replication
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.4
Issue monitoring and notification
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Issue recovery
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Upgrades and platform fixes
Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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

Microsoft Azure

  • Azure Functions is the easiest serverless service to work with in my experience. Easy to ship Node.js functions without bundling dependencies.
  • Proactive and responsive support. We've worked with most other cloud providers - Amazon, Google, Oracle. Amazon Web Services' customer support is a black hole and their documentation is worthless. Google and Oracle are better, but Azure's support is responsive and their docs are pretty good.
  • Azure's Web UI is pretty easy to work with
Valeri Karpov | 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

Microsoft Azure

  • Could be easier to setup redundancy
  • Feels as if there are too many options, bells, and whistles you could add.
  • Microsoft Azure functions does not have a "Configure Services" method. Programming Azure functions has a slightly different programming model than does a "normal" API application. I would prefer that the startup process be identical.
João Almeida | 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

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 10.0
Based on 15 answers
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
Amir Tabei | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.8
Based on 22 answers
Such a great platform for a novice or expert to use. There is significant training available to learn how to do complex things with little to know background doing them before. Especially if you live close to a Microsoft training center, they offer many courses for free on site. Even if not, the virtual training they provide is also free and plentiful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.3
Based on 26 answers
Microsoft products are well-known for 24x7 global coverage of customer support. They also sometimes come with a multiple support plan, which caters to different business requirements and needs. However, more support will also mean more cost to bare. Other than that, limited options in technical training sometimes make it quite challenging in finding the right talents for managing Microsoft Azure clouds and more dependency in Microsoft technical support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure 8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
Amir Tabei | 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

Microsoft Azure

  • With Hybrid Cloud, organizations can integrate onsite servers with Cloud instances.
  • Machines are grouped into cloud service and respond to the same domain name with various ports
  • High performance, Low cost
  • Multiple Storage Services
  • Native MS SQL Database & No SQL support
  • Little Cheaper than piers
  • Offers inbuilt tool like Azure stack to help the organization deliver Azure service from the own data center
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

Microsoft Azure

  • It has taken a few years of planning and growth (which continue), but we've been able to successfully budget and plan for ever increased capacity by starting first with some Virtual Machines and factoring in on-prem maintenance vs cloud constant improvements. VM (server, compute, networking) costs even out quickly over time and will show savings very soon.
  • Because of Azure Application Gateways (which cost very little to set up and maintain), we were able to build a state of the art single-sign-on hub for all of our users and other enterprise platforms (mostly non-Microsoft and non Azure systems), reducing the amount of time to switch among these for workers and increasing overall productivity.
  • With Azure Active Directory, we do not need to maintain separate identity systems and can more easily integrate our organizations credentials into authorization for access to other systems.
Matt Varney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

Microsoft Azure

Pricing Details

Acquia Digital Experience Platform

General

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

Microsoft Azure

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
Microsoft Azure
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
10.0
Microsoft Azure
10.0

Usability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.8

Reliability and Availability

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
6.8

Support Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.3

Implementation Rating

Acquia Digital Experience Platform
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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