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Acquia

39 Ratings

Heroku

Top Rated
104 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Heroku

Top Rated
104 Ratings
Score 8.7 out of 101

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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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Heroku

Heroku is great for very small prototype apps, and can grow with them to medium sized and even larger. I think that it is really easy to get started with heroku. Just the other day, I cloned a Java starter project for heroku, and was up and running in under 10 minutes. That is really great... particulary considering the amount of time I have had to spend in Azure's configuration, and with OpsWorks in AWS in the past. It may not work for everything, but for small simple things, you just cannot go wrong with Heroku.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Heroku
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Heroku

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Heroku
API
Acquia
9.0
Heroku
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Heroku

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Heroku
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Heroku
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
Heroku
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Heroku
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Heroku
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Heroku
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Heroku
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.8
Heroku
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Heroku

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Heroku
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Heroku
SEO support
Acquia
9.0
Heroku
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Heroku
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Heroku
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.5
Heroku

Platform-as-a-Service

Acquia
Heroku
8.7
Ease of building user interfaces
Acquia
Heroku
9.2
Scalability
Acquia
Heroku
9.1
Platform management overhead
Acquia
Heroku
7.8
Workflow engine capability
Acquia
Heroku
8.7
Platform access control
Acquia
Heroku
8.5
Services-enabled integration
Acquia
Heroku
8.8
Development environment creation
Acquia
Heroku
9.2
Development environment replication
Acquia
Heroku
8.8
Issue monitoring and notification
Acquia
Heroku
8.7
Issue recovery
Acquia
Heroku
8.3
Upgrades and platform fixes
Acquia
Heroku
9.0

Pros

  • Provides a dev, test, and live environment for deployment
  • Varnish cache available to all levels of service
  • Easy to manage team roles and users
  • Cloud API for additional deployment hooks and processes
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  • Works well with GIT making deployment pretty easy.
  • A variety of add-ons to that offer various additional features.
  • Multiple language support (RoR, Java, etc.)
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Cons

  • Stable platform, optimised to Drupal best practices for performance.
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  • I've found customer support to be variable. When I've contacted them by filing tickets, they have been professional and generally very responsive, however, when we set up a phone conference to discuss our security needs, the support person we talked to was only marginally professional in his responses, and not really helpful.
  • Heroku needs more than one hosted location in the US. Relating to the meeting I mentioned, my previous company needed a disaster recovery plan since we were trying to qualify for SOC-2 certification. Because we were also a fintech business, we could not choose a host outside of the US, so having only Virginia as an available location caused problems for us.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Heroku9.2
Based on 4 answers
Heroku is great for small to medium apps. For larger apps, dedicated infrastructure might be a better idea.
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Usability

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Heroku8.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to use web based console and easy to use command line tools; deployment is done directly from a GIT repository. What more could you ask for?The one thing that keeps me from giving it a 10 is that custom build packs are almost incomprehensible. We used one for a while because we needed cairo graphics processing. Fortunately, I was able to figure out a different way to do what we needed so that we could get off the custom build pack.
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Reliability and Availability

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Heroku8.0
Based on 1 answer
Heroku availability correlates pretty strongly to AWS US EAST availability. We had a couple of times where there was a Heroku-specific issue but not for the last 7-8 months.
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Performance

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Heroku9.0
Based on 1 answer
The only issue that I ever have is that about 1 out of 20 deployments (git push) will hang and need to be cancelled and done again.
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Support

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Heroku8.9
Based on 2 answers
I've honestly never had the need to contact their support, so this is just based on the documentation. I would call the documentation usable but not fantastic.
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Implementation

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Heroku10.0
Based on 1 answer
The one thing that I would recommend is that once you have established the add-ons that you want to use, set up a separate account with those vendors rather than doing it through Heroku. The cost is the same, but doing it with the partner lets you consolidate management of multiple applications and may give you some additional capabilities in the console
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Alternatives Considered

Acquia is a leader in managed Drupal hosting, knowledge and supporting infrastructure.
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I have not evaluated Engine Yard in years, but at the time the starting price point and supported integrations could not begin to compete with Heroku.
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Return on Investment

  • Team time spent on deployment process is greatly reduced.
  • Reliable and scalable environment.
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  • Familiarization with latest web technologies.
  • Reducing deployment costs.
  • Automation.
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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

Heroku

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