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Open Source software company, Acquia, continues its global expansion, opening its Asia Pacific regional headquarters office in Sydney, at the same time it has extended the reach of its cloud product line by adding two new cloud deployment options in Amazon Web Services’ Singapore and newly announced Australian data centres.

Acquia Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Chris Harrop, said the opening of the Sydney office reflected the increasing demand for the open source Drupal content management system in the Asia Pacific region.  

Harrop said that, in addition to sales and business development staff, the office would support Acquia’s cloud operations and technical support teams in the region, and local technical staff would ensure that global customers had 24x7 follow-the-sun support, no matter where they were located.

“Our new data centres and local support and sales teams mean that we can extend our world-class products and technical support to leading companies in Australia and across Asia.”

Today, we are working closely with more than 60 digital agency partners to help organisations focused on innovating with web, mobile and social platforms to take full advantage of the power and freedom of Drupal.”

Acquia CEO, Tom Erickson, said the company had seen “exponential growth in the adoption of Drupal as a web platform by global brands seeking to create a true unified web experience.”

“The expanded footprint of Acquia means that organisations operating business-critical Drupal web properties in Asia Pacific can benefit from the enterprise level tools, knowledge and services that our more than 2000 clients utilise in North America and Europe.”

Acquia’s cloud-based hosting service is built exclusively on Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud, offering customers improved site performance and lower operational costs by providing the capability to scale IT resources to accommodate significant increases in website traffic.

Erickson said the new data centres meant Acquia would offer elastic, high-performance cloud hosting to its Australian and Asia Pacific customers, and would also expand multi-region failover capabilities for global brands requiring global disaster recovery strategies.


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).