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Score 7.3 out of 101
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Score 8.3 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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Cascade Server

Cascade CMS is great for working with large quantities of content that can then be reused across multiple sites or other apps. The workflow system is robust and completely customizable. Managing users is easy with available custom authentication options like LDAP.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
7.6
Cascade Server
9.0
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
7.6
Cascade Server
9.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Cascade Server
8.3
API
Acquia
8.8
Cascade Server
9.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Cascade Server
6.7

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.5
Cascade Server
7.6
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Cascade Server
8.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
9.0
Cascade Server
8.0
Admin section
Acquia
7.7
Cascade Server
8.0
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Cascade Server
8.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Cascade Server
5.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Cascade Server
7.1
Publishing workflow
Acquia
8.0
Cascade Server
9.0
Form generator
Acquia
6.0
Cascade Server
6.6

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.6
Cascade Server
6.7
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Cascade Server
7.0
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Cascade Server
7.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.9
Cascade Server
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.2
Cascade Server
6.6
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Cascade Server
4.8

Pros

Acquia

  • 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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Cascade Server

  • Cascade CMS makes no assumptions about your content. Templates control how the content gets displayed.
  • Workflows are intuitive and allow for one or more people to review content before it is published.
  • The published site is static (no database connection) which allows for faster page loads and reduced risk of attack.
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Cons

Acquia

  • Acquia's pricing is sporadic across each product offering and for each industry vertical. Making pricing more standard across the board would help alleviate some of the doubt from our clients when they go to Acquia's site to see different products.
  • Acquia's BLT is a new and innovative product, but still lacks a lot of use cases. This comes with more implementation examples which will definitely come with time.
  • There is sometimes an inconsistency among different Acquia sales people and account managers. This results in a vastly different experience when bringing clients to Acquia. Mixed with Acquia's strange salesperson geographic/industry allocation, this has caused confusion for us and our clients. We'd love to see Acquia reps be more consistent across the board.
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Cascade Server

  • Upgrades require some technical knowledge; there is not a one-button upgrade.
  • There is not an integrated backup/restore. Our IT department manages backups for this server.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia

Acquia 10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 26 answers
We manage numerous business needs in Cascade Server and are heavily invested in the product. It would require a lot of effort and training to migrate to another system.
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Usability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Cascade CMS is completely usable on mobile devices, we can train our content editors in a single 2-hour session, and we support 1,000 users with a very small team.
There is a level of complexity for the system administrators, site managers and web programmers who implement templates and content types. But the complexity is neither arbitrary nor inconsistent – and once learned provides a powerful environment within which we can develop robust sites that are beautiful and powerful, yet easy for our content editors to manage.
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Reliability and Availability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 6.7
Based on 4 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
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Performance

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Does a great job.
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Support

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 5 answers
The support staff are all well-versed in Cascade, respond in a timely fashion, and provide excellent service.
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In-Person Training

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
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Online Training

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
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Implementation

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Woulda-shoulda-coulda... There are always things you discover during/after implementation that you wish you had known ahead of time, which would have changed specific implementation decisions. Overall, we were happy with the implementation – and have been able to make progressive enhancements and improvements over the past 10 years.
The key insight is to learn from the experience of others. Join the Slack group, go to the annual user's conference, and pay for some training and consulting from Hannon Hill or one of their partners. Holding the purse strings too tightly during initial implementation is penny-wise and pound-foolish – meaning you are more likely to follow a path that you could/should have avoided with a bit of up-front investment.
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia

Acquia offers a more robust product suite than Pantheon. Acquia also offers professional services for another level beyond what Pantheon offers. Acquia pricing is typically more expensive than Pantheon, but the extra cost tends to be worth it, given all the support you receive from Acquia's team.
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Cascade Server

I didn't have any input when it came to buying/using Cascade server. In fact, before using Cascade I wasn't aware that such a website management system existed! I imagined it was going to be much more complicated--editing individual code and CSS page by page, with very involved processes. Let's say I was pleasantly surprised when I was presented with something so easy to use
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Scalability

Acquia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
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Return on Investment

Acquia

  • Acquia has a positive impact on our internal ROI for our own website.
  • Most of our clients also see a positive impact on ROI when using Acquia for their web platform. This does change based on the cost of the Acquia instance.
  • Acquia allows us to save time and money on client projects, allowing us to increase our margins.
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Cascade Server

  • Cascade Server has many features, such as quick pinpointing of pages, that allows our business to avoid any possible copyright issues immediately. When we notice any possible copyright infringement on our behalf, Cascade allows us to find the page in question in a matter of a seconds and remove the data that my tarnish the reputation of our business.
  • The training that we give to employees in Cascade is fast and efficient, due to the convenience of the software features themselves. This allows us to quickly train employees to use Cascade Server, which saves us valuable work time.
  • Cascade Server allows us to maintain a record of which employee has published edits to our webpage. If a mistake is made, the employee who is responsible can quickly be contacted to reverse the mistake. This is important since our business relies on a solid reputation with those authors contributing to our business.
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Acquia

Cascade Server

Pricing Details

Acquia

General

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

Cascade Server

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details

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