Acquia reaps reward from demand for unified platform

Acquia has experienced a revenue growth for the 22nd consecutive quarter, driven by the demand the company is receiving from global brands for its open-source web content management platform.

The demand for Acquia's platform from across technology, consumer goods, and the public sector has helped push the company's growth up 39 percent year on year for the third quarter of the 2014 financial year (3Q14).

This is the 22nd consecutive quarter of revenue growth the company has experienced.

Acquia co-founder and CTO Dries Buytaert said there's been a dramatic increase in the adoption of the Acquia platform across global brands.

"We're seeing transformative applications of our technology that connect buyers and brands, citizens with government services, and make people's lives better," he said.

Acquia raised additional funding to accelerate its development of solutions for personalisation, commerce, and big data marketing. Acquia secured an undisclosed investment from Amazon , in addition to the $50 million financing round that was led by New Enterprise Associates.

In September, the self-styled Drupal "enterprise facilitator" inked a four-year deal with the Australian government to implement a Drupal-based web Government Content Management System. Under the terms of the deal, GovCMS will be delivered on Acquia Cloud, and will incorporate Acquia Cloud Site Factory, a software-as-a-service application for Drupal. Government agencies will also be able to tap into the global Drupal community through Acquia.

A similar deal was also signed with the City of Los Angeles around the same time. Other new customers that Acquia acquired during the last quarter included Sealed Air Corp, T-Mobile, the University of New Hampshire, Pearson Plc, Greenpeace Germany, and Squaw Valley Resort.

On Wednesday,  Drupal's security team released a "public service announcement" that called upon all users of the Drupal content management framework to consider their site compromised and to start afresh, unless their sites had been patched against the SQL injection attack revealed two weeks ago within seven hours of the announcement of the vulnerability.

The security team has advised that websites be restored from a backup made before October 15 in order to remove any backdoors that attackers may have added to a system upon which a vulnerable Drupal install resided.

Update: Acquia has posted on its blog that it has deployed a platform-wide "shield" that protects all of its customers that have sites hosted on the Acquia Cloud.

"Our customers' sites remained 100 percent functional for visitors and content editors at all times and no site availability or performance was ever compromised," the company wrote.

"At no time were any sites on the Acquia Cloud Platform affected by the attacks. Acquia also delivered the official Drupal security patch to all sites on Acquia Cloud and to those sites it manages through remote administration."

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