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Score 7.3 out of 101
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Score 8.8 out of 101

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
7.6
Amazon Web Services
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
7.6
Amazon Web Services

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Amazon Web Services
API
Acquia
8.8
Amazon Web Services
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.5
Amazon Web Services
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Admin section
Acquia
7.7
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
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Form generator
Acquia
6.0
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.6
Amazon Web Services
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Amazon Web Services
Bulk management
Acquia
7.9
Amazon Web Services
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.2
Amazon Web Services
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Amazon Web Services

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.5
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.2
Dynamic scaling
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Elastic load balancing
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.0
Pre-configured templates
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Monitoring tools
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.8
Pre-defined machine images
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.3
Operating system support
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.3
Security controls
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.5

Pros

Acquia

  • Simplifies installation of Drupal sites with one-click installations.
  • Development, staging, and production environments for a best-practice web development.
  • Access to git repos, databases, and backups that are all managed within the interface.
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Amazon Web Services

  • Complete Failover and Disaster Recovery services which scale to your desired need
  • Several service level options from dynamic storage pricing to pre-allocated
  • Customer service responsiveness -- issues are resolved with a quick email or phone call rapidly
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Cons

Acquia

  • Continuous integration, code testing.
  • Additional access options.
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Amazon Web Services

  • Occasionally, we disagree with their roadmap priorities. For example, we really needed Content-Based Routing added to ELB to support our multitenant implementation. The AWS architects agreed that it was a mainstream, valuable request and hinted that they were trying to get it onto the roadmap, but 15 months later there's still no sign of it. I'm sure they have their reasons, but it's a strange and annoying hole in an otherwise invaluable service.
  • AWS has had well-publicized outages that have broken the promise of true zone (datacenter) isolation. This was supposed to have been impossible - if you had instances running in two zones within a region, you thought had a solid survivability story. We were forced to react by building out additional redundancy that increased costs beyond our original design estimates. AWS claims to have resolved the problem, but we haven't been confident enough to spin down the extra servers yet.
  • There are annoying resource limits, presumably in place to prevent hackers from allocating huge numbers of resources on a compromised account. The problem is that raising the resource limits requires manual action to be taken, and can have a severe impact on production software if your ops team isn't meticulous in checking the limits. As of the last time I checked, these limits weren't available via API, making it impossible to create alarms whenever we get close to exceeding our resource limits.
  • AWS is relatively infamous for their poor communications during outages. Their status page will occasionally go without an update for 45 minutes, while half your customers are dead in the water. This is - obviously - infuriating.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia

Acquia 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
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Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 10 answers
A paradigm shift from companies like Microsoft that have made procuring and using software and license so hard. Not to mention installing, configuring and hiring folks to maintain it. AWS makes it so easy to have an enterprise infrastructure that scales up and down and very affordable
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Usability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.0
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

Acquia

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.
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Performance

Acquia

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.
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Support

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 3.0
Based on 3 answers
unless you paid the premium, no support at all
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Implementation

Acquia

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.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia

Cost - Acquia provides more granular control of the costs.Interface - Acquia interface is a bit cleaner, although Patheon may have a few more features.
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Amazon Web Services

We also looked at Rackspace but was attracted to AWS by the breadth of services available at comparable cost and reliability.
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Return on Investment

Acquia

  • The recent outage impacted our site for 9 hours which costs us money.
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Amazon Web Services

  • We've saved over $10,000 in the 2 years we've worked with AWS. We no longer have to pay to upgrade our internal server, we have no downtime. We no longer depend on our developer to come and 'fix' the server when it fails.
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Screenshots

Acquia

Amazon Web Services

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

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