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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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Microsoft Azure

Azure can be beneficial to any organization if planned appropriately. One of its great benefits is that you pay only for what resources you use. Easy to deploy and manage. Perhaps not suitable for your organization if you already have in-house systems that accommodate your needs.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Acquia
8.8
Microsoft Azure
Role-based user permissions
Acquia
8.8
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
8.9
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
7.8
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
9.1
Microsoft Azure
Bulk management
Acquia
7.7
Microsoft Azure
Availability / breadth of extensions
Acquia
9.1
Microsoft Azure
Community / comment management
Acquia
8.6
Microsoft Azure

Platform-as-a-Service

Acquia
Microsoft Azure
8.0
Ease of building user interfaces
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.7
Scalability
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
9.0
Platform management overhead
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.8
Workflow engine capability
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.4
Platform access control
Acquia
Microsoft Azure
7.8
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

  • 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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  • Easily scalable- You can adjust your resources as your customers grow
  • Preview Portal is a one stop dashboard to your infrastructure, application and financial elements to your instances
  • Worldwide locations to release your VM's where your customers are located
  • Affordable - You can control your cost without investing in hardware or other resources
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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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  • There is no option to customize RAM which you can do with Google
  • Customization of processors such as core , GPU etc. is not possible currently, and we have to choose from available options
  • A few Technical queries should be allowed in the basic subscription
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Likelihood to Renew

Acquia10.0
Based on 8 answers
As a Drupal Web Developer, I have not encountered or been exposed to any other hosting solution that could surpass the benefits of having a site hosted on Acquia Cloud. Although, for any side-project or low-cost freelance gigs, I cannot expect that I'll always have the option of recommending Acquia Cloud, and that's okay. While I am at work and trying to help our team gain more exposure to my companies' extensive list of clients, when we have the fortune of adding another Drupal-based client to our roster, getting those clients on Acquia Cloud makes every other aspect of building or modifying their school website that much easier
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Microsoft Azure9.9
Based on 14 answers
To be honest, it's worked well for what we've needed and it would be a huge pain to convert everything over to another cloud service. Unless the price becomes too obtrusive, there really isnt any reason we'd want to move our product off of Azure
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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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No answers on this topic
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
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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
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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Have not evaluated things like AWS - We are a Microsoft Tech company and as a Microsoft Gold Partner we are entitled to Azure Credits each month.
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Return on Investment

  • Increased speed
  • Better security
  • Faster time to market
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  • I still expect more platform independency from Azure. Also more support for Linux machines. I would also love to see SAAS in Azure. Also, I think pricing is high.
  • Overall, they provide a good IAAS product and also are leveraging their SQL Server and other products in Azure as well...so it's a nice solution all-in-all. I also feel like they don't have a ton of extraneous services like AWS does, so they are filtering a bit of the noise out.
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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

Microsoft Azure

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