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Likelihood to Recommend

Acquia

It is particularly useful for quickly setting up environments that need significant customization and set up for continuous delivery. I would say Acquia is less appropriate for smaller scale sites that wouldn't necessarily need the separated environments.
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Amazon Web Services

AWS is a very scalable Platform as a Service (PaaS) -- making it usefull for all sizes. With AWS the failover model can be complicated in terms of selecting the right option for you. Failover within a distribution center is one level, while zone level fail over is a larger one. Be sure to understand your capability needs and discuss with AWS these different choices.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Amazon Web Services
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
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
8.9
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
9.1
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
8.6
Amazon Web Services

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.2
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.8
Dynamic scaling
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
9.1
Elastic load balancing
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.7
Pre-configured templates
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.6
Monitoring tools
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.5
Pre-defined machine images
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Operating system support
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
7.9
Security controls
Acquia
Amazon Web Services
8.4

Pros

  • 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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  • The development and administration tools work well, including a consistent API and adequate management console. In terms of business process, it provided an effective "escape valve" for new product development that would have been much more onerous to deploy if we had to provision physical hardware and arrange for associated IT resources.
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Cons

  • This is a difficult question for me to answer, as I have seen the platform mature over the past few years and they recently, 3-6 months ago revamped their admin UI web interface that addressed some of their previous shortcomings. I don't ever have any difficulty finding what I need, when I need it on the admin UI. My first suggestion would be to review their documentation in some areas, which are still linked to the previous iteration of the web interface.
  • The majority of the services offered by Acquia Cloud Hosting are built on top of Amazon Web Services. As a result, some SSL certificates do not work well, or at all if they originate from Network Soutions (which have never worked), or GeoTrust (Equifax), VeriSign, and DigiCert, which on occasion produce SSL certificates that fail to work on Acquia Cloud.
  • Recently I have found that team management has a couple of limitations when the client is the "Organization administrator," and the role of "Team administrator" is assigned to myself or a member of my team. There are some links and page options that should be available to those of us assigned the role of Team Lead or Senior Developer within the Team Management structure, but we have had to contact support to update our permissions to be granted the appropriate access. It may be a result of their recent upgrade to the site, and regardless, support was able to fix our issue the same day we submitted a request.
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  • Because we have a large amount of data, constantly uploading and downloading, our monthly fee isn't a set amount, but instead fluctuates up and down each month.
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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
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

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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
unless you paid the premium, no support at all
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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 is more fully featured and mature.
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We looked at Microsoft 365 Business because it's so popular. It's ease of use seemed attractive but it didn't have the agility or scalability we found in AWS. IBM Analytics Engine was far more complex than we needed and very expensive. AWS is an operations tool for us so the reporting we get for the quality of service we wanted, is perfect as is.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • Excellent value for money.
  • Wonderful education experience.
  • Intelligent customer feedback tools.
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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
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Amazon Web Services

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