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Acquia

39 Ratings

Microsoft Azure

Top Rated
353 Ratings

Acquia

39 Ratings
Score 7.7 out of 101

Microsoft Azure

Top Rated
353 Ratings
Score 8.1 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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Microsoft Azure

If you are going to use Azure solely as VM farm then it's easy to migrate. If you plan to move a legacy application auch as Azure Native, migration can be tricky. For example we had one application that had a third party (blue rhino) element and it had some compatibility issues that we had to re-write our app. Another would be moving an Oracle database to Azure as it needs to be the new version of Oracle. Azure Cloud doesn't accept Oracle 9G.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.9
Microsoft Azure
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.9
Microsoft Azure

Platform & Infrastructure

Acquia
8.5
Microsoft Azure
API
Acquia
9.0
Microsoft Azure
Internationalization / multi-language
Acquia
8.1
Microsoft Azure

Web Content Creation

Acquia
7.4
Microsoft Azure
WYSIWYG editor
Acquia
8.0
Microsoft Azure
Code quality / cleanliness
Acquia
8.8
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
7.8
Microsoft Azure
Form generator
Acquia
6.1
Microsoft Azure

Web Content Management

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

Platform-as-a-Service

Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Ease of building user interfaces
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Scalability
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.9
Platform management overhead
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.6
Workflow engine capability
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.3
Platform access control
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Services-enabled integration
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.5
Development environment creation
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Development environment replication
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.4
Issue monitoring and notification
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.2
Issue recovery
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.9
Upgrades and platform fixes
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.0

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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  • SQL as a Service is very cost effective and easier to manage. There are other vendors who provide SQL as a Service at cost higher than Azure
  • Compared to AWS and Google, the Azure portal is easier to manage
  • Its up to you when you want to scale your infrastructure . This is not the case with AWS for which you need to ask permission to access regions. Also if you want to upgrade RAM it takes 2 days to get it done
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Cons

  • "Scheduled" maintenance windows are often non-negotiable, vague and too abrupt.
  • The support escalation is slower than would be expected from a provider focused on enterprise availability.
  • The platform is rigidly composed in a way that serves Acquia's need to serve a wide customer base, and is thus sometimes not ideal for your use case.
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  • Making parallel things (such as nic and legacy network) which behave differently.
  • Enable downtime for VPN portal.
  • Build your own server.
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
Fast, reliable and tailored to Drupal.
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Microsoft Azure9.9
Based on 14 answers
We have been very satisfied with Windows Azure and now a lot of our business depends on it as more teams are now deploying their applications into Azure. Our next step is to have our Infrastructure team move their resources to Azure. It will take awhile for that to happen but we are positive that it will.
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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

No score
No answers yet
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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

No score
No answers yet
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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

Acquia is a leader in managed Drupal hosting, knowledge and supporting infrastructure.
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MS was chosen due to the strong partner relationship that already existed.
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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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  • This is still a bit tough to quantify.
  • We have thoughts on how to do this, but generally, it relates to switching out of on-premises infrastructure or applications and the license/hardware cost savings.
  • The cost of support and integration with existing system integrators is significant and difficult to quantify. This has taken us at least a few months to wrap our heads around it and there are likely to be more issues in the future.
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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