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Comparing Cloud Platform Professional and Cloud Platform Enterprise

Cloud Platform delivers comprehensive Drupal infrastructure support from a single vendor, and offers three levels of service for hosting Drupal applications in the cloud:

  • Cloud Platform Professional: a self-service Drupal hosting environment built for developing and deploying one or more production applications.
  • Cloud Platform Enterprise: a fully managed, high-availability, scalable, clustered Drupal hosting environment built for the most complex Drupal applications with the highest performance and uptime requirements.
  • Cloud Platform Free: a free, self-service Drupal hosting environment built for developing and testing one application, with a more limited server and disk size. Learn more about Cloud Platform Free.

Both Cloud Platform Professional and Cloud Platform Enterprise deliver a complete infrastructure to support Drupal deployment workflow processes from development and staging through to production. Cloud Platform includes broad developer user interfaces and APIs, secure server access using SSH, and automated deployment from a version-controlled code repository.

Cloud Platform Professional and Cloud Platform Enterprise use the same user interface as part of Cloud Platform. For the purposes of the Cloud Platform user documentation, you can assume that all instructions apply equally to Cloud Platform Professional and Cloud Platform Enterprise, unless otherwise stated.

Paid Cloud Platform Professional and Cloud Platform Enterprise applications each have three environments by default: development, staging, and production. Cloud Platform Free applications have only two environments: development and staging. Optionally, Cloud Platform Enterprise applications can use additional environments.

Here’s a more detailed comparison between Cloud Platform Professional and Cloud Platform Enterprise:

  Cloud Platform Professional Cloud Platform Enterprise
Infrastructure Single web server and database server, with Varnish® caching supplied by non-dedicated load balancers. Customizable, highly available cluster of multiple web servers spanning at least two availability zones. Optional multi-region failover.
Uptime Not guaranteed, but in practice, 99.9%+. Since Cloud Platform Professional provides single servers, Cloud Platform Professional applications do experience downtime when servers are rebooted for system security updates, scheduled maintenance, or server resizing. Guaranteed 99.95%. Since Cloud Platform Enterprise provides redundant servers, Cloud Platform Enterprise applications will not experience downtime when servers are rebooted for system security updates, scheduled maintenance, or server resizing.
Additional tools Access to most, but not all, Acquia subscription tools. Less platform monitoring. Access to all Acquia subscription tools. Extensive platform monitoring.

Cloud Platform Professional details

Cloud Platform Professional is a self-service platform, while Cloud Platform Enterprise is fully managed by Acquia. Here are some examples of tasks that Acquia performs for Cloud Platform Enterprise customers, which Cloud Platform Professional customers must manage for themselves:

  • Detecting and responding to changes in traffic that require resizing servers or making other changes in available resources
  • Detecting and responding to denial of service attacks
  • Restarting servers
  • Recovering from backups

Since you manage several of your own server settings on Cloud Platform Professional, there is the risk that improper use of these settings can lead to server instability or poor application performance.

If you have an Cloud Platform Professional subscription you want to upgrade to Cloud Platform Enterprise, contact sales@acquia.com.

Cloud Platform Enterprise details

Cloud Platform Enterprise supports customized infrastructure and integration, with customized reverse proxy, web server, caching, and database sizes. For example, some Cloud Platform Enterprise applications may require comparatively more database resources, while others may require comparatively more or larger web servers. Cloud Platform Enterprise supports custom integrations for use cases like single sign-on or integration with other enterprise systems.