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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.
Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

Each and every feature of this application is unique and is also efficient enough to help me to make suitable decisions for my company. Apart from this, if I talk about any concerns in it or any disastrous drawbacks then there are no words because this application is a lifesaver by every point of view without having anything to objectify. Moreover, this application provides me with the right of pre-built services, which benefit me when building custom cloud-based solutions.
Martha Batruny | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
API
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Creation

Acquia
8.5
Amazon Web Services
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
10.0
Amazon Web Services
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Admin section
Acquia
8.8
Amazon Web Services
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Library of website themes
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Publishing workflow
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Form generator
Acquia
6.0
Amazon Web Services

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.4
Amazon Web Services
Content taxonomy
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
SEO support
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Bulk management
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.0
Amazon Web Services
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.0
Amazon Web Services

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.2
Dynamic scaling
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.4
Elastic load balancing
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.3
Pre-configured templates
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.2
Monitoring tools
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.3
Pre-defined machine images
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.8
Operating system support
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.9
Security controls
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.2

Pros

Acquia

  • 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

Amazon Web Services

  • AWS (Amazon Web Services) is not the easiest virtual service to set up but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly easy to install new instances (servers) and stop them. This is good for multiple reasons e.g we run multiple tests and live production servers for our different services. When we are done with one we can easily turn it off. The cost of the specifications on our virtual servers is only a fraction of the cost of what we would get locally or even on most traditional web services companies.
  • Amazon Web Services can be relatively cost efficient depending on where you are coming from. For our smaller organization, we felt the cost was worth it as other alternatives were not as affordable. The good thing with AWS is you only pay for what you use. If you want S3 (Simple Storage Service), you can pay for that. If you want to run a compute engine, EC2 can be paid for. At the end of the month, you get one bill based on your usage.
  • Because of our size as a company, AWS was easier to deploy compared to local dedicated solutions. All we had to do was take our development team through a simple 2-day course to get them on board. The ease of deployment means that we do not have to hire a specialist to deploy servers for us.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acquia

  • 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

Amazon Web Services

  • Better user support would be nice. It seems hard to find help when you need something specific from an Amazon employee.
  • Even though the prices are set up for enterprise they do seem high for small to mid level businesses, compared to other alternatives.
  • It would be nice to be able to have some type of DB security built in to the EC2s or as a default.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Sean Hanford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 9.4
Based on 10 answers
We are almost entirely satisfied with the service. In order to move off it, we'd have to build for ourselves many of the services that AWS provides and the cost would be prohibitive. Although there are cost savings and security benefits to returning to the colo facility, we could never afford to do it, and we'd hate to give up the innovation and constant cycle of new features that AWS gives us.
Marc Schriftman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.3
Based on 5 answers
We find it quite easy to use. The only challenge is at the outset figuring out exactly what you need, given the large number of available services and options which could take a bit of time to get familiarised with and to decide on.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services 7.8
Based on 19 answers
In reality, we did not have much need for support during and after the deployment of our apps to Amazon Web Services. The server and app installation was quite straightforward (thanks to the availability in Marketplace) and did not have big issues after going live. Its huge advantage that it is backed by Amazon, which has a long, good quality history of customer support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

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.
Brian Lusenhop | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acquia

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

Amazon Web Services

The maturity of AWS platform with integrations of large third-party vendors products through AWS marketplace and continuous launch of new services every year bring confidence to the users and also the ease of use and help from the large community when compared to other platform are the key primary reasons when deciding AWS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acquia

  • 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

Amazon Web Services

  • We are able to test new ideas quickly using AWS hosting.
  • We are able to move from conceptual POC to fully hosted/architected cloud solution in minimal time.
  • We are able to build solutions that are 100% cloud as well as cloud-hybrid that orchestrate between our datacenters and the AWS cloud.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Amazon Web Services

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia
6.7
Amazon Web Services
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Acquia
10.0
Amazon Web Services
9.4

Usability

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.3

Reliability and Availability

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.0

Support Rating

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.8

Online Training

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.0

Implementation Rating

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
10.0

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