Drupal Hosting Platform Acquia Gets Backing from Amazon

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Drupal hosting provider Acquia has secured an undisclosed amount of funding from Amazon.com, according to a recent blog post by Acquia founder and chief technology officer Dries Buytaert.

The investment comes closely after Acquia announced a $50 million funding round in May, led by new investor New Enterprise Associates. The round also included new investor Split Rock Partners, with existing investors North Bridge Venture Partners, Sigma Partners, Investor Growth Capital, and Tenaya Capital as participants in the round. The funding round brought Acquia’s total investment to $118.6 million.

Founded in 2007, Burlington, Mass.-Acquia provides open cloud hosting, developer tools and support for Drupal, the open source content management platform.

According to Buytaert, Acquia runs its Drupal infrastructure on more than 8,000 AWS instances and serves more than 27 billion hits a month (or 333TB of bandwidth).

“The Amazon and Acquia partnership comes after much good work and congratulations are due to both teams for working successfully together to deliver a strong track record of customer success over some years,” North Bridge Ventures’ Michael J. Skok said. “The fact that this led to an investment is just icing on the cake. It was not the objective of the partnership, it just played out that way. Whereas so many startups look to bigger partners for investment as a starting point, I advise against it. So unless there is some absolutely obvious imperative that it must start with an investment, I highly recommend focusing instead on developing success in the market which proves to your potential partner why it would be in their interests to work with you. Better still let them approach you, that way you’ll know you’ve really earned it.”

Acquia has more than 4,000 customers on its Drupal platform, and recently added the City of Los Angeles to its list of clients. LA will use Acquia Cloud Site Factory to build and manage its public-facing sites.

The company reported its 21st consecutive quarter of revenue growth in Q2 2014, where its bookings increased 65 percent year-over-year from Q2 2013.

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