Amazon tops up Acquia funding tally

Summary:Amazon.com has topped up Acquia’s latest US$50 million funding round with an undisclosed investment.

Less than three months after securing a US$50 million funding round , Drupal hosting company Acquia has received an additional undisclosed investment from Amazon.com.

The company said that the additional funding would help it accelerate development of its solutions for personalisation, commerce, and big data marketing.

Dries Buytaert, Drupal creator, and Acquia co-founder and CTO, said in a blog post on 13 August, that the investment would bolster the collaboration the company has with Amazon Web Services (AWS).

"I'm happy to share news that Amazon has joined the Acquia family as our newest investor. This investment builds on the recent $50 million financing round that Acquia completed in May, which was led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA)," said Butaert in the post.

"We run on more than 8,000 AWS instances and serve more than 27 billion hits a month or 333TB of bandwidth a month. Working with AWS has been an invaluable part of our success story, and today's investment will further solidify our collaboration," he said, adding that the value of Amazon.com's contribution would remain undisclosed.

Meanwhile, Acquia CEO Tom Erickson said that the investment would "help us deliver the premiere open cloud platform for content, community and commerce".

The self-proclaimed Drupal "enterprise facilitator" received its US$50 million funding round in late May, with the cash injection boosting the company's chances of an initial public offering (IPO) this year or next.

May's financing round, which was led by New Enterprise Associates and new investors, Split Rock Partners, brought the company’s total investment tally to US$118.6 million. 

At the time, the company indicated that the funding would allow it to scale its sales and marketing, increase channel investment, and "double down" on bug data marketing.

This latest investment from Amazon.com comes as the company's cloud business adds services that have sometimes encroached on the areas in which its customers operate, such as Dropbox and Parse, according to a report by VentureBeat.

Topics: Cloud, Amazon, Web development

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