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Acquia, a North Andover, Mass.-based startup, is announcing a supported product using Drupal, the open-source content managment system that underlies many of the community aspects on the web, from sites such as Fast Company to The Onion. It’s a rite of passage for an open-source project […]

Acquia, a North Andover, Mass.-based startup, is announcing a supported product using Drupal, the open-source content managment system that underlies many of the community aspects on the web, from sites such as Fast Company to The Onion. It’s a rite of passage for an open-source project to get its very own shepherd that provides a measure of support beyond the forums and masses of independent programmers who churn out the code. For Drupal, the move is akin to Red Hat offering support for Linux and Sun taking MySQL under its wing for $1 billion.

Acquia has hired Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, as its CTO; it scored $7 million back in December to build its 12-person team to this point. Jeff Whatcott, the VP of marketing for Acquia, says the company wants to continue to contribute to the Drupal code base and has no plans to create a proprietary form of code for enterprise use.

Acquia has readied some modules targeted at specific enterprise markets and will sell subscriptions to Acquia’s Drupal add-ons as well as services that support new and existing Drupal deployments. The Acquia-supported Drupal product is called Carbon, and will be ready in the second half of this year. An automatic update service for Carbon called Spokes will be available then as well.

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  1. I’d say that the Drupal/Acquia is akin to WordPress/Automattic. In fact, I already did:
    http://changingway.org/2007/12/20/acquia-drupalmattic/

  2. Andrew,

    Apart from the fact both companies came from LAMP GPL CMS projects, the two companies have very little in common. Automattic provides web publishing services for consumers, Acquia supports web publishing software for the enterprise.

  3. I’ve used Drupal, it’s a good looking cms. However, I’m curious about how profitable this pay for more features, stability and support can be. Is it working with Automaticc?

  4. fabianschonholz Monday, March 3, 2008

    I think Drupal is a good product, but I tried using it with PostgreSQL and no luck. MySQL does not cut it for me.

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