Pantheon, which offers SaaS-based content management systems based on open-source Drupal, now aims to make it easier for customers to manage multiple sites from one place, said company founder and CEO Zack Rosen.
On Tuesday, it will roll out Pantheon One, a dashboard that will make it much easier for say, a large company with multiple web sites, to manage all of them from one place and to ensure a change rolled out to one replicates to all, if that is the intent.
It will also enable that company to authorize an outside contractor to access just the sites relevant to that contractor.
“If you look at a large company, every division can have its own web site, its own ad agency, and the company is paying for a dozen CMS products. That’s a lot of pain,” Rosen said in an interview.
Pantheon clearly wants to bring all those myriad sites under its SaaS umbrella and under the purview of Pantheon One’s console.
Arizona State University is the poster child — it is putting 2,000 affiliated web sites on Pantheon. Imagine the possible management headaches that could entail without some sort of centralized control. Other customers include NBC Universal, the New Republic, and AAA. Pantheon competes with WordPress (see disclosure) and also a bit with Acquia which offers a supported version of Drupal CMS to enterprise accounts. But Rosen says primarily the company contends with DIY hosting, company developers that configure servers on Rackspace(s rax) or Amazon EC2. (Pantheon itself runs much of its IT on the Rackspace Cloud, but users are insulated from the nuts-and-bolts of that, he said.)
The San Francisco-based company reaped $5 million in Series A funding from Foundry Group and others in June, 2012.
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