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Acquia

39 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Amazon Web Services

302 Ratings
Score 8.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

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.
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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is well suited for companies that don't want to have deal with physical infrastructure and want a high level of security and availability. In most cases Amazon Web Services is a great option for most, but may not be an option if you have met the tipping point of physical cost vs. Amazon Web Services cost. It may end up being a better option in the long run to manage the infrastructure yourself if the cost per hour of Amazon Web Services is greater than what you can provide if your level of availability is equal to or greater than Amazon Web Services.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Amazon Web Services
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Amazon Web Services

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Amazon Web Services
API
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Amazon Web Services
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Amazon Web Services
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Amazon Web Services
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Amazon Web Services
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Amazon Web Services
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Amazon Web Services
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Amazon Web Services
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Amazon Web Services
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Amazon Web Services
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Amazon Web Services

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.0
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Dynamic scaling
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Elastic load balancing
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Pre-configured templates
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.2
Monitoring tools
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.1
Pre-defined machine images
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.0
Operating system support
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Security controls
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.3

Pros

  • Acquia has a variety of products and services that serve a variety of clients that span across many industries. The wide variety of use cases, supported by hundreds of case studies, make selling Acquia to our customers very easy.
  • Acquia's platform is secure, scalable, and designed specifically for Drupal allowing us to get projects started much smoother and quicker.
  • Acquia is always innovating and providing new products for their entire suite. Acquia's LIFT product is a game changing platform that is starting to provide a personalization solution meant for any size client and project website.
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  • AWS constantly innovates and iterates, announcing new features several times per year. Earlier this year, for example, they introduced provisioned IOPS for EBS, suddenly providing us with an inexpensive solution to a performance quandary we'd been facing.
  • AWS has provided us with access to the product owners and architects of the products we use most. In turn, those resources provided us with visibility into the product road maps. This enabled us to improve our long-term infrastructure planning, and avoid expensive features that we'd get for free later in the year.
  • AWS peremptorily lowers costs a couple of times per year. This has helped us keep our bill reasonable even as we consume more and more of the AWS services. We periodically compare the cost of AWS to the cost of moving into our colo, and every year the colo looks less and less attractive.
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Cons

  • Continuous integration, code testing.
  • Additional access options.
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  • Standardize service availability across all regions. Not all services are available everywhere.
  • Service limits can be difficult to manage
  • Isolating teams within a shared account is almost impossible due to inconsistent security policies/features.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
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
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Amazon Web Services9.4
Based on 10 answers
I would gladly rely on AWS for any large-scale application deployment. For prototyping and small-scale applications, a more heavily managed environment on top of the 'bare metal' virtual infrastructure, such as Heroku or Elastic Bean Stalk, is probably a more productive approach in most cases
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Usability

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Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 3 answers
The management console is the weak part of the service in my experience. It is adequate but slow.
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Reliability and Availability

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Amazon Web Services9.0
Based on 1 answer
Availability is very good, with the exception of occasional spectacular outages.
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Performance

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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.
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Support

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Amazon Web Services3.0
Based on 3 answers
Neutral, no experience with either.
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Implementation

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Amazon Web Services10.0
Based on 3 answers
The API's were very well documented and was Janova's main point of entry into the services.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia has a much easier path for procurement through the GSA contract. Pantheon didn't have an avenue to purchase through the GSA, which severely limited our ability to procure their product. Pantheon has a few extra features which Acquia has yet to develop like true multi-dev, allowing users to test out their changes on their own servers in the cloud. This is incredibly useful since windows Drupal development is typically very slow, even with the Acquia Dev Desktop software.
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AWS is the industry leader and is far ahead in terms of a feature rich product offering along with worldwide presence
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Return on Investment

  • Increased efficiency for developers
  • Less reliance on internal staff for support
  • Lower cost of Acquia vs. cost of self hosting/support
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  • This information is not under my specific role or responsibilities even though I use the software on a weekly basis. However, I feel confident in saying that if it was not worth the investment we would have discontinued our use of it by now.
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Pricing Details

Acquia

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

Amazon Web Services

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