Last December, I mentioned my excitement about Drupal's project lead, Dries Buytaert, along with Jay Batson starting a company called Acquia. While it was known that the $7 million startup would focus on Drupal for the enterprise, what was not known was the products and services that would be offered by the company. In a press release today, Acquia finally unveiled its roadmap to commercially support Drupal.
The company announced the two initial products and services it will be offering, Carbon and Spokes. Carbon is Acquia's commercial supported version of Drupal which will focus on social publishing applications. Spokes is an update will be an enhanced update notification sercice that provides "site owners personalized alerts with actionable recommendations". At this time I'm, not clear as to whether Spokes will be available for just Carbon or for all Drupal distributions. Both services will be available through a subscription offering.
Attached below is a copy of the full press release from Acquia, Acquia Unveils Roadmap to Commercially Supported Drupal.
Acquia Unveils Roadmap to Commercially Supported Drupal
Leading open source social publishing system gears up for enterprise use
Boston, MA — Drupalcon — March 3, 2008 — Today Acquia provided new details on plans to deliver a commercially supported distribution and value-added network services based on the wildly popular Drupal open source social publishing system. The company also threw open the doors on Acquia Projects, a collaborative environment for Drupal community members to participate in the direction of forthcoming Acquia products and services.
Acquia plans to ship a commercially supported distribution of Drupal, code-named “Carbon.” The Carbon distribution will include the Drupal 6 core release and essential extension modules for rapidly assembling compelling social publishing sites and applications. With Carbon in hand, web developers will have fully integrated and tested building blocks for user management, web content management, single or multi-user blogs, wiki collaboration, discussion forums, user-generated content, social networking, and more. In keeping with the spirit of the open source development model, all Acquia-developed Drupal code will be freely licensed under the GPL v2 license and the company will work continuously to merge new features and patches into the main line Drupal project through the established community process.
“Having a commercially supported distribution like Carbon is an essential step in the maturation of the Drupal project,” said Dries Buytaert, Acquia co-founder and Drupal creator and project lead. “I am personally committed to ensuring that this distribution works to the benefit of the entire Drupal community.”
Acquia plans to provide a range of maintenance and support subscriptions designed to meet the requirements of both individual developers and organizations utilizing the Carbon distribution. Acquia subscriptions will enable customers to harness the full open source power of Drupal without sacrificing the accountability and support of commercial software.
Finally, as part of the initial Acquia subscription offerings, the company plans to introduce an enhanced electronic update notification service, code-named “Spokes,” that will automatically provide users of the Acquia distribution with specific and actionable information to maintain system performance, security, and stability. While the current Drupal update module provides unfiltered notifications for all Drupal updates, the Spokes update notification service will provide notifications for updates that have been reviewed for security and compatibility and are supported by Acquia.
“We are on a mission to make Drupal the industry standard open source social publishing system,” said Jay Batson, Acquia co-founder. “For that to happen, we must offer the accountability and support businesses have come to expect, and Carbon and Spokes are just the first step in meeting this demand.”
“We’re seeing a clear convergence of content management, social media, and web frameworks in the marketplace,” said Geoffrey Bock, Lead Analyst at Gilbane. “Drupal is at the center of this trend, and backing from Acquia will solidify that position.”
The Acquia subscription offerings, Carbon distribution, and the Spokes update notification service are expected for public release in the second half of 2008. To learn more, and to participate in the direction of these and forthcoming Acquia development projects, visit http://acquia.com/projects.
Acquia is a ground-breaking open source software company providing value-added products and services for the wildly popular Drupal social publishing system. The people of Acquia are motivated by the belief that the open source development approach and social publishing technology have the power to connect people and unleash their collective creative potential in order to achieve great things. Company founders are Dries Buytaert, original Drupal creator and project lead, and Jay Batson, previously founding CEO of open source VOIP software company, Pingtel.
The Drupal social publishing system has been downloaded over 2 million times since its inception, and project growth has doubled annually for several years. Drupal is used to deliver a wide variety of application types including single or multi-user blogs, wikis, community networks, digital media portals, and web content publishing and management.
Assisted by a thriving ecosystem of consultants and developers, a diverse list of organizations are using Drupal including SonyBMG, Warner Brothers Records, New York Observer, Forbes, The Onion, Harvard University, and Amnesty International. A huge community has grown up around Drupal, with thousands of active contributors to the open source technology, including nearly 2000 community-developed modules for extending Drupal functionality.