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Acquia

39 Ratings

Cascade Server

45 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Cascade Server

45 Ratings
Score 7.3 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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Cascade Server

Cascade is well suited for a web content management system, whether centralized or not; it's very adaptable to different environments, and works just as well for a small shop as a large one, for education, large businesses, or small non-profits. With the flexibility it offers, I can't think of a situation it would not fit; however, to set everything up someone in your team has to know some programming - or you can work with outside companies to help get you up and running. Their training is good, though, so if you have someone with a programming background they can be brought up to speed quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Cascade Server
8.9
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Cascade Server
8.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Cascade Server
5.4
API
Acquia
9.0
Cascade Server
4.5
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Cascade Server
6.2

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Cascade Server
6.8
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Cascade Server
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Cascade Server
6.7
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Cascade Server
7.7
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Cascade Server
7.0
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Cascade Server
5.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Cascade Server
7.3
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Cascade Server
7.2
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Cascade Server
6.9

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Cascade Server
6.2
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Cascade Server
6.7
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Cascade Server
7.0
Bulk management
Acquia
7.6
Cascade Server
6.7
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Cascade Server
5.6
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Cascade Server
4.8

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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  • The content contributor interface is much like Word, and easy for our content providers to use.
  • The company is highly responsive to suggestions and input when building out versions.
  • Spectate comes free with Cascade.
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Cons

  • 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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  • With the roll out of the newest version, many improvements were made.
  • They could extend versioning to other pieces within Cascade.
  • Extending integration with other platforms, both for pulling information and pushing information (which is on their roadmap already).
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Drupal is designed to grow with our changing needs and technology trends. Our hope is that as new features are needed, we'll be able to adapt as we grow
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Cascade Server8.7
Based on 25 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

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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 3 answers
It is very straight forward. It's a very clean interface.
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Reliability and Availability

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Cascade Server6.7
Based on 4 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
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Performance

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Cascade Server8.0
Based on 1 answer
Does a great job.
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Support

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Cascade Server8.4
Based on 4 answers
They have always regarded any question or problem we encountered as very important. We have never felt that they ignore or downplay any issue and not once has anything been left unresolved. They also hold an annual conference where users are invited to attend and share their experiences and wisdom with the entire Cascade community. And with the care and support the provide, we all feel a part of that community.
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In-Person Training

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Cascade Server7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
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Online Training

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Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
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Implementation

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Cascade Server10.0
Based on 3 answers
Making sure that our export from our previous CMS was correct was crucial. If it wasn't, we would have been in a world of hurt. Thanks to the import tool Hannon Hill created, everything went great and all pages were successfully imported.
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Alternatives Considered

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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It is way beyond what LCMS is/was. Everything we wanted LCMS to do, Cascade did and did it perfectly.
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Scalability

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Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • We are able to provide content in multiple locations for our prospective and current students.
  • Our users have a better editing experience.
  • If we need to make a change to something, we can roll it out faster.
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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

Cascade Server

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