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Score 7.5 out of 100
61 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

Rackspace is very well suited as a IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider, particularly when you're planning on leaving the infrastructure up for a period of time. They seem to focus a bit more on that aspect of infrastructure. That is to say, they seem to promote running servers for longer periods of time and not spinning up/shutting down servers frequently based on usage spikes.While, they do support that sort of availability -- they don't have features built into their offering, necessarily, that make it a lot easier to implement.Our experiences with Rackspace have been 100% around their cloud platform, but they have another entire part of their business that is centered around hosting/maintaining/supporting physical hardware (bare metal). They have had a great reputation over the last several years (10+) for being top-notch providers in this space, which is one reason we even considered them for our Cloud-based hosting needs. We don't have any direct experience with their "bare metal" offerings, but their reputation is certainly great, and worth noting.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.8
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Role-based user permissions
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.8
Rackspace Managed Hosting

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
API
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting

Web Content Creation

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.5
Rackspace Managed Hosting
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Admin section
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Page templates
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Library of website themes
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Publishing workflow
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Form generator
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
6.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting

Web Content Management

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.4
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Content taxonomy
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
SEO support
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Bulk management
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
9.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Community / comment management
Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
8.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting

Pros

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • 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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Fanatical Support - I can't stress how great their team is. Not only are they knowledgeable, whenever I call in (during the day or in the middle of the night), I never have to wait more than a minute to speak to someone.
  • Webmail, Hosted Exchange, and Office365 Support - As an IT team of one, Rackspace's cloud solution and migration team has really helped me over the years to minimize issues for users, but also provide a reliable and flexible email platform.
Jordan Leano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • 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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Their backup tools are confusing and could use some clarification. We ended up getting charged for backup licenses on nonexistent servers, and that was frustrating because they would not refund us the fees as they declared it our fault for misunderstanding their terms.
  • They need to stop charging for "fanatical" support. Their support service has gotten worse over the years and now they are charging us a monthly fee. It's enough of a rub that we'll most likely move our servers to a different company.
John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP) 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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

Rackspace Managed Hosting 2.2
Based on 2 answers
If I wake tomorrow completely incapable of managing a client cloud operation, our dedicated Rackspace Cloud Engineering Team is deployable as literal extension of our business, immediately addressing all needs and requirements without cause of business disruption for our consultancy, and more importantly for the mission-critical ones of our clients. For this reason alone, Rackspace is our choice of choices!
John Wooten | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

AWS is more and reliable and will work better for our organization from now on. Rackspace has served its purpose but is a slowly dying service. I will still happily give them kudos where it is deserved and they did great in their prime. Amazon is slowly taking over and edging everyone out and you need to jump ship at some point if you want to keep up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

  • 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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Responded to slowdowns very quickly, therefore negating lose of earnings at peak times
  • When speaking to the right people eventually, they suggested solutions that have improved server response, which should have a positive impact on site speed (and so CR)
  • Load balancing allows for an efficient workflow in implementing new features while not losing traffic
  • Originally set some configurations low, which negatively impacted server performance. This was rectified with memory expansion following some discussions.
Gideon Caspi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Rackspace Managed Hosting

Pricing Details

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

General

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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
7.1
Rackspace Managed Hosting
5.1

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
2.2

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