Acquia Introduces Second Generation Commons SaaS for Drupal
Users hold complete design and theme control with Commons.
Acquia has released the second generation of its Social-as-a-Service software solution with Commons 2.0. Acquia is a commercial open source “social platform”, supporting corporations using Drupal software to create community websites.
With Commons 2.0, businesses are able to create communities for their brands that include activity streams, social networking, blogs, wikis, badges and events. On the back end, the open source Web CMS platform provides analytics, support and management services for users.
Other features include the ability for companies to create a Q & A environment and launch a social network.
As far as branding is concerned, Commons 2.0 allows businesses to either choose already created “enterprise-ready themes”, or form their own branded theme from the Commons technology for their community sites.
Commons offers a range of packages, from basic support to a fully managed service. The Commons software is free, but if a business chooses to host it in the Acquia cloud and elect for support, price range from $10,000 for the most basic package to around $100,000 for the most advanced. A spokesperson from Acquia says the highest tier package wouldn’t reach the seven-figure mark.
Acquia was co-founded by Drupal creator Dries Buytaert in 2007, and is currently used by about 175 large customers in its hosting environment. Bryan House, VP of marketing with Acquia, says that his company receives three billion HTP requests a month. Acquia offers its clients, which include Al Jazeera and Mother Jones, enterprise support, as “they would expect from Microsoft or another enterprise-class application,” explains House.