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Acquia

If your organization requires you to implement a multi-site architecture, Acquia is one of the few cloud hosting options that makes this easy for Drupal websites. You can easily create a new database through their web UI, update your site's files, and add domains to each environment. This process is simplified even further through the use of another product, Acquia Cloud Site Factory.
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Microsoft Azure

Of all the big data warehousing tools I have used, Microsoft Azure was the easiest to learn and implement on big data warehousing. Microsoft Azure is well suited for situations where you have multiple users needing access to multiple datasets simultaneously. It's also useful for situations where you want to capture very large data sets on a continuous basis
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.7
Microsoft Azure
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.7
Microsoft Azure

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Microsoft Azure
API
Acquia
8.9
Microsoft Azure
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Microsoft Azure

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.5
Microsoft Azure
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.9
Microsoft Azure
Admin section
Acquia
7.8
Microsoft Azure
Page templates
Acquia
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Library of website themes
Acquia
6.0
Microsoft Azure
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Acquia
7.0
Microsoft Azure
Publishing workflow
Acquia
7.9
Microsoft Azure
Form generator
Acquia
6.0
Microsoft Azure

Web Content Management

Acquia
8.5
Microsoft Azure
Content taxonomy
Acquia
8.0
Microsoft Azure
SEO support
Acquia
9.1
Microsoft Azure
Bulk management
Acquia
7.8
Microsoft Azure
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.2
Microsoft Azure
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service

Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Ease of building user interfaces
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.3
Scalability
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.8
Platform management overhead
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Workflow engine capability
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.4
Platform access control
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Services-enabled integration
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Development environment creation
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.3
Development environment replication
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.1
Issue monitoring and notification
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Issue recovery
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Upgrades and platform fixes
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.1

Pros

  • 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.
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  • Scalable pricing -- The Azure pricing scales with usage, so the cost per month becomes very clear early on, and the ML-related products for Azure are quite competitively priced.
  • Security management on Microsoft Azure is better compared to other cloud platforms I've seen, and it's really easy to configure.
  • Startup Programs -- It's easy to get credits to try out Microsoft Azure through the Microsoft/Azure for Startups program. No other service provides this access and support for startups for free.
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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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  • As with anything, there are a couple of potential cons with Microsoft Azure. Unlike SaaS platforms where the end-user is consuming information (for example, Office 365), IaaS (Azure) moves business’ compute power from your data center or office to the cloud. As with most cloud service providers, Azure needs to be expertly managed and maintained, which includes patching and server monitoring.
  • Unlike local servers, Azure requires expertise to ensure all moving parts work together efficiently. A common mistake by business administrators that are not fully engaged in how well (or poorly) their cloud servers are operating is to over-provision cloud services. While a common mistake, on premise servers’ compute power does not translate equivocally in the cloud, potentially costing businesses thousands of dollars per year.
  • Need to provide customized SAN storage attached to VMs like AWS
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Acquia Cloud fits perfectly with our workflow and they have been rock solid in reliability and support.
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Microsoft Azure9.9
Based on 14 answers
Moving to Azure was and still is an organizational strategy and not simply changing vendors. Our product roadmap revolved around Azure as we are in the business of humanitarian relief and Azure and Microsoft play an important part in quickly and efficiently serving all of the world. Migration and investment in Azure should be considered as an overall strategy of an organization and communicated companywide.
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Usability

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Microsoft Azure7.0
Based on 2 answers
As a VP i'm not your typical technical person and I'm able to easily use Azure in technical matters so I believe 9 is correct rating.
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Reliability and Availability

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Microsoft Azure6.8
Based on 2 answers
It has proven to be unreliable in our production environment and services become unavailable without proper notification to system administrators
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Support

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No answers on this topic
Microsoft Azure8.0
Based on 2 answers
The only reason I didn't give it a 10 rating as support is expensive.
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Implementation

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Microsoft Azure8.0
Based on 2 answers
As I have mentioned before the issue with my Oracle Mismatch Version issues that have put a delay on moving one of my platforms will justify my 7 rating.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used Pantheon for almost as long as I have used Acquia. Many colleges and universities will use sub-sites in Drupal either as a separator for each department, or possibly for targeted marketing campaigns. One of the biggest reason we tend to use Acquia over Pantheon for these clients is that Pantheon does not support Drupal sub-sites. So, there is an added cost to the client each time they want to spin up another site based on their base Drupal installation. The admin UI for Pantheon is similar to Acquia's, but they take a more hands-on / hands-off approach when it comes to core Drupal upgrades. Pantheon uses their own software called Terminus to help interface between the developer and the server. By them managing the Drupal core files, you, as a developer just need to understand that you can not update your copy of the site locally, when an updated version of Drupal is released. All of your custom and contributed modules are your responsibility (as they should be), but you just need to be aware that your commits will be rejected if they contain core Drupal updates.
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We have been one of Microsoft's Azure beta users from the beginning and we worked closely with Microsoft in migration effort. We have used several cloud applications before including Rackspace. Azure's large footprint was the key for us as our applications are SaaS and used worldwide. The ability for me to quickly and easily move servers from West US, to Asia, West Europe, etc.. was very important.
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Return on Investment

  • Completely negated any dev time troubleshooting the platform, freeing us up to develop the website.
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  • Microsoft Azure has been a good partner for us, even though we're a small to mid-size company. We've received good first and second tier support with any of our technical issues. Overall, I think using Azure has been a step in the right direction for us.
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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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Microsoft Azure

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