Lullabot (news, site) and Buzzr (news, site) announced a couple of things on Monday at Drupalcon. The first should make some potential enterprise customers happy, while the second might intrigue those who want to try out the service.
Drupal with SAAS
For those who've been curious about Drupal SAAS offering Buzzr, here's your chance to check it out (and maybe kick the tires at the same time you kick those of the Drupal Gardens beta). The product is now in public beta, so hop over to the site to sign up. Better hurry, they're only giving out 1,000 accounts at first during Drupalcon.
Buzzr features a drag and drop interface as a layer over Drupal 6, along with custom content types, flexible content views (such as restaurant reviews organized by star ratings), social features and fine-grained user permissions. “Buzzr is Drupal made easy,” says Liza Kindred, Business Manager of Lullabot and president of Buzzr. Audiences targeted by this product include day-to-day site maintainers who aren't necessarily skilled Drupal administrators.
Buzzr Enterprise Edition Launched
The enterprise edition of Buzzr is also now available. This white label, multi-site, turn-key product helps organizations rapidly roll out microsites or just large volumes of Drupal sites. Along with the product comes a national sales force with offices in Chicago, San Francisco and New York. This sales force will market the Enterprise Edition and sign up customers. They're initially targeting non-profits, higher education, government and consumer goods and services.
"Buzzr can save organizations months of time getting multi-sites to market and can shave hundreds of thousands of dollars off of development and maintenance costs." said Buzzr CEO Edward Sussman. He highlights the fact that many companies roll out numerous sites without a centralized platform, wasting time and money constantly building ad hoc solutions from scratch.
Enterprise customers will have access to Drupal under the hood and can choose from the Drupal universe's vast array of modules to add to their sites. When selecting a module, customers check it in, and then Buzzr performs a code review to ensure that it is up to quality standards. From there, Buzzr offers technical support on the accepted modules and can provide customization services through the Buzzr Partner Network.
For more, see the official announcement.