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OPIN + Acquia

The world's most powerful Drupal hosting solution

Acquia, the world’s largest open source software company, was founded by Dries Buytaert, the inventor of Drupal to provide products, services, and technical support for the Drupal content management system. 

Over the last 10 years, Acquia has helped businesses transform to meet the ever-changing needs of the digital world. Today, Acquia is headquartered in Boston, MA. and employs over 800 people across eight offices and four continents.

Acquia’s digital innovation platform empowers market-leading enterprise organizations like NBC, Pfizer, and Warner Music Group to create integrated digital experiences faster. The Acquia Platform provides an open cloud platform, powerful developer tools, contextualized content delivery, and services and support for Drupal technology capabilities.

Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based digital experience management solutions. In the ever-increasing digital world of digital interactions, Acquia enables customers to use digital capabilities to differentiate themselves in terms of how they offer their services and products and how they interact with their customers and partners in new and creative ways in the digital frontier.

Acquia's platform enables OPIN's clients to offer contextually relevant experiences across channels, delivering new digital capabilities faster, and gain the agility to continuously innovate and create new sources of revenue, by competing in an omnichannel world. Connect with your customers in a whole new way, while continuously optimizing the customer experience, lowering costs, to effectively monetize a delightful experience with Acquia.

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OPIN is Acquia's biggest partner in Canada by a number of customers. OPIN is also Acquia's most certified partner in Canada, fielding a certified team that meets an industry standard for Drupal skills.

- Mathieu Weber,
Vice President, Canada and Central US, Acquia

Acquia Cloud Enterprise

Our recommended web hosting solution, the Acquia Enterprise Cloud, is architected for resiliency and designed to accelerate deployment.

The Acquia Enterprise Cloud is an end-to-end platform-as-a-service offering that provides everything you need to create, maintain, and enhance high-quality Drupal websites. The Acquia Enterprise Cloud will reduce costs, simplify site management efforts, and eliminate operations headaches so that your team can focus on what really matters––innovation. With confidence that your site is backed by a holistic approach to application quality, your team can build amazing websites while Acquia does the rest.  The Acquia Enterprise Cloud combines:

  • A fully managed, high-performance Drupal-tuned platform stack
  • An automated development workflow with site health and monitoring tools
  • A highly available, scalable, and secure infrastructure
  • 24x7 monitoring backed by the most experienced and knowledgeable Drupal Support team in the world.
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Thanks to Acquia, we now have the website and infrastructure we need to be able to focus on delivering the best possible traveller experience.

- Robert Girouard,
Director of Communications, Aeroports de Montreal


Technology professionals look for reliability, security, and scalability. They require a platform with a strong architecture, with the ability to integrate with third-party systems. The Acquia Enterprise Cloud provides all this and more.

Drupal-Tuned Platform

The Acquia Cloud platform is tuned specifically for Drupal performance, resulting in faster rendering of dynamic content and improved site reliability. In creating the platform, Acquia’s performance experts analysed performance characteristics and identified the configurations at each layer of the stack that make Drupal websites blazing fast. The core of the Acquia Cloud platform is an open source LAMP server stack, combining the Linux (Ubuntu) operating system and PHP programming language with Drupal. The platform is preconfigured with the following:

  • Web server: Apache optimally serving media and Drupal page views
  • File system: A highly performant POSIX file system for file uploads
  • Database: Percona optimized MySQL server with Drupal-optimized MySQL configurations
  • Caching: Varnish and Memcache in front of all traffic to speed up sites
  • Balancer: Nginx to optimize resource utilization

Automated Development Workflow

Acquia Cloud was built by Drupal developers for Drupal developers. Acquia designed the workflow to make their customers more efficient. That’s why Acquia Cloud offers easy and instant (drag-and-drop) deployment of code, files, and databases between environments automatically from a Git or Subversion source code repository. By default, Acquia Cloud provides development, staging, and production environments.

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These separate environments encourage continuous delivery best practices by seamlessly embedding clear stages for testing into the workflow. Automated tests flag issues as the content is migrated between environments, and the activity log ensures that issues can be quickly isolated by identifying recent changes. The workflow also offers live development, which means that developers can make changes to code on development and staging environments directly, without needing to first make the changes locally. Additionally, customers can easily manage their local development environments and keep them in sync using Acquia Dev Desktop or from the command-line.

Site Monitoring & Troubleshooting Tools

Acquia’s monitoring tools analyse and measure the quality of your site based on security and performance parameters. Dozens of tests ensure your site’s conformance with best practices for security, performance, and general Drupal and web application development. Monitoring over 50 settings, these tools provide real-time analysis and proactive alerts for issues with your Drupal code and configuration. You will receive a report, quality scores, clear and actionable recommendations for fixing issues, and explanations to expand your Drupal knowledge. Developers, administrators, and site owners can quickly identify problems, eliminate costly mistakes, simplify processes, and improve overall site performance.

Acquia provides several additional tools that help you quickly troubleshoot problems with your application. These include an uptime monitoring service which can poll your site to see if it is online and actively serving pages, a log streaming service that shows you granularly filterable logs from all your servers in real-time and other views into your sites’ health.


High Availability

Acquia Cloud is built on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, with support for major regions and availability zones.


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You choose the geographic region for your site's location:

  • North America: Virginia, US; Oregon, US, and Montreal, Canada
  • Europe: Dublin, Ireland; Frankfurt, Germany
  • Asia-Pacific: Tokyo, Japan; Singapore; Sydney, Australia

Enterprise customers achieve high availability by using multiple availability zones in one region with redundant servers serving each layer of the technology stack: extra web servers operating round-robin, including reserve capacity in the second availability zone; a fully redundant file system in the second availability zone that is constantly syncing; master-master replication for database pairs; multiple dedicated Memcache servers; and a secondary load balancer in a redundant environment. Acquia Cloud also offers automatic nightly and on-demand backups and restores.

Uptime SLA

Acquia commits to 99.95% platform and infrastructure uptime. To ensure this, Acquia operates monitoring services 24x7. Acquia uses the Nagios monitoring platform to provide instant access to over 40 vital real-time and historical metrics. They also maintain robust home-grown monitoring tools to ensure performance. Their team of Cloud Operations professionals is always standing by—proactively monitoring your environment and responding to critical issue alerts. With coverage in all time zones and fluency in five languages, the Acquia team is available 24x7 for critical, site-impacting issue response.


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Acquia did a great job even before we were done with the entire migration. They were very proactive in looking at the overall traffic and mitigating a lot of things before they hit us.

- Nikhil Deshpande,
Director, Interactive


Acquia Cloud provides a secure platform where customers may build and manage world-class, highly secure Drupal sites. Acquia manages, monitors, and secures the environment where customer websites run including the operating system and LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) stack and network layers of Acquia Cloud. Additionally, Acquia provides tools, support, and resources that enable our customers to maintain secure Drupal websites.

Organizations with the most stringent security requirements chose Acquia to deploy their digital experiences including NASDAQ, Caisse de Dépôt, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, and the Internal Revenue Service.

Security is at the forefront of the Acquia Cloud, embedded into every layer of the architecture, including:

  • IP-based restrictions that prevent unauthorized access to customer systems. Ž  
  • Acquia employs security monitoring applications that continuously monitor for possible or actual security breaches, configured to alert necessary personnel. Ž  
  • Acquia performs vulnerability scans of production systems on a monthly basis and penetration testing on a yearly basis. Ž  
  • Acquia Cloud offers two-factor authentication and granular permission settings to prevent unauthorized users from accessing your environment. Ž  
  • Acquia undergoes several annual, third-party attestations performed by an independent, certified public accounting firm and qualified security assessor (QSA) including:
    • FedRAMP for the US Government
    • SOC 1/ISAE 3402 Type 2
    • SOC 2 Type 2
    • PCI-DSS
    • HIPAA AT101 Ž  

Web Application Firewall

The frequency and strength of cyber threats and attacks are on the rise. Through the exploitation of millions of insecure Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, the creation of botnets waging highly distributed volumetric attacks is easier and more impactful than ever before.

For clients seeking to protect themselves from cyber threats and attacks  - Acquia Cloud Web Application Firewall provides the resilience and intelligence of a scalable network to combat the biggest and newest attacks.  Uses cases include:

Mitigate DDoS attacks - Protect applications, websites, and APIs from malicious traffic targeting network and application layers, to maintain availability and performance, while containing operating costs.

Prevent customer data breach - Prevent attackers from compromising sensitive customer data, such as user credentials, credit card information, and other personally identifiable information.

Block malicious bot abuse - Block abusive bots from damaging Internet properties through content scraping, fraudulent checkout, and account takeover.