Acquia Expands Global Footprint, in Support of Open-Source Content Platform Drupal

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Acquia is expanding globally in its support of the open-source web content platform, Drupal. The Burlington, Massachusetts-based company said the expansion means it is the first Drupal hosting provider offering high-performance hosting on four continents -- Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

In Sydney, Australia, Acquia will open an office to cover the Asia Pacific region. The office will have staff for business development, sales, cloud operations and tech support for that region. Additionally, two new cloud deployment options will be added to Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) data centers in Singapore and Australia, in support of the company's Acquia Cloud product line.

Founded in 2007

Acquia was founded in 2007, and its co-founder and current Chief Technology Officer is the original creator and project lead of the Drupal platform, Dries Buytaert. Acquia offers commercial products and services in support of the open source content management and community platform, which is currently utilized on over a million sites, including WhiteHouse.gov, the World Economic Forum, Stanford University and Examiner.com.

Chris Harrop, the company’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, said in a statement that the company is currently “working closely with more than 60 digital agency partners” in the region to employ Drupal for websites, mobile devices and social media.

The company also noted that there has been “exponential growth” in Drupal adoption as a web platform in North America and Europe, resulting in more than 2000 clients there.

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Acquia said that its cloud-based hosting service, which relies exclusively on the AWS Elastic Compute Cloud, offers improved site performance to customers, as well as lower operational costs and the ability to quickly and efficiently scale up or down to accommodate changes in web traffic. As an example, Acquia cited men’s magazine Maxim.

When a new CTO joined Maxim last year, Acquia said he discovered that the existing content management system lacked agility, creating a bottleneck in the publishers’ ability to quickly deliver unique advertising packages for the web site.

Maxim also was unable to accommodate spikes in traffic, which were sometimes driven by particularly popular issues. Acquia said that the cloud-based Drupal was able to decrease Maxim’s hosting cost by an estimated 60 percent, as well as increase its operational flexibility.