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How does Sun work with Drupal?

There are too many ways in which Sun works with Drupal to list them all here, but some of the highlights are:

  • In 2005 Sun donated a server to when scaling and performance problems were hampering growth
  • Then in 2007 Sun donated another server to further propel the scale up of d.o
  • Sun has used Drupal in building several important online communities.
    • TED Prize winner Architecture for Humanity’s Open Architecture Network
    • Freshbrain – a technology exploration platform for youth
    • the Open Office extensions site
  • Plus many organizations run Drupal on Sun technology
  • Employees at Sun have been using Drupal internally for lots of things, including:
    • as representative AMP stack environment and workload for lots of benchmarking and performance testing
    • to demonstrate certain technologies, both in Sun internal training, and with Sun’s customers, e.g., using the Webstack pre-built bundle of AMP and other open source packages for OpenSolaris, Virtualization with Solaris zones, MySQL installation and tuning, and PHP code analysis with DTrace.
  • Sun has created a NetBeans plugin wizard for developing Drupal modules
  • Sun is currently investigating system appliances for data archive and CMS that would bundle Drupal
  • Of course, Sun is a large contributor to some of Drupal’s most critical underlying open source technologies:
    • MySQL AB is a Sun company
    • many PostgreSQL core contributors are employed at Sun
    • many PHP core contributors are employed at Sun

Clearly, Sun is deeply connected to the Drupal community in many ways.

What does BlackMesh do and how do you work with Drupal?

BlackMesh ( is a Managed Hosting Provider so we work alongside Drupal.  We provide robust infrastructure, scalability, and optimization to our customers so they can focus only on their Drupal code and we take care of everything else.

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Herndon, Va., BlackMesh is an award-winning provider of information technology solutions for small and mid-sized businesses. BlackMesh specializes in the design, deployment, and administration of robust, innovative managed hosting and managed services in both off-site and on-site locations. Combining powerful, high-performance technologies with world-class service and support, BlackMesh provides its customers with the tools they need to lower costs, accelerate growth, increase agility and improve efficiency. For more information, visit

How did you first get involved in Drupal development?

Over two years ago we had some new clients struggling with Drupal performance so we started to investigate Drupal.  We were able to solve the performance, and in the process of learning about Drupal we very impressed with both the platform and the community.  At that time, we moved all of our corporate sites to Drupal, started referring clients to Drupal, and joined the Drupal community.

What does Volacci do and how do you work with Drupal?

Volacci is a search engine optimization and online marketing company specializing in Drupal SEO. We are a natural partner with Drupal development companies because we do not provide Drupal development services – we are focussed on taking great Drupal sites and making them soar in Google. We created and maintain the SEO Checklist module, we are Acquia partners, and we sponsor Do It With Drupal and Drupalcon.

How did you first get involved in Drupal development?

Volacci first got involved with Drupal about 3 years ago (Drupal 4.6 was reigning at the time). We were working on an online marketing project and needed a good CMS to handle the data. I researched about 6 different open-source tools (Joomla, etc.) and simply found Drupal to be the cleanest, easiest to understand system. It has a learning curve but the code was so clean I could easily understand what was going on under the hood. Plus the community was well organized and very active – something that I didn’t find even with “bigger” CMS groups.

What does your shop do and how do you work with Drupal?

CivicActions provides technology strategy consulting services and website development to progressive non profit, media and political organizations as well as social venture and triple bottom line businesses.  In the website development realm we currently work almost exclusively with Drupal. Over the last 4 years we have deployed Drupal websites for over 50 clients including Amnesty International, Witness, the Center For Reproductive Rights, Women’s Funding Network, The Great Turtle Race, ACLU, Jerry Brown, Jim Hightower and many more.  Currently we have over 40 members on our team working from 8 timezones around the globe.

How did you first get involved in Drupal development?

I personally discovered Drupal through DeanSpace and CivicSpace in 2003 and 2004.  CivicActions started working with Drupal in late 2004 and early 2005.  Since then our team has grown significantly in size as well as depth of Drupal knowledge. We are proud to have such wonderful people working with us and contributing to the Drupal project, we even have a community stipend program to subsidize individual efforts and activities.

What does DivX do and how do you work with Drupal?

DivX, Inc. is a global digital media company that enables consumers to enjoy a high-quality video experience across any kind of device. DivX® technology efficiently compresses digital video while ensuring the maximum visual quality.

I am the Director of Web Properties for DivX, Inc. We use Drupal for 2 main initiatives, and our Labs site ( is our primary channel of corporate communication for getting information about DivX into the hands of our partners and consumers and is the entry point for downloading DivX technology for use on your computer.

Labs is our development focused site primarily engaging the people who enjoy pushing technology, testing beta software and interacting in a global community of DivX fans.

How did you first get involved in Drupal development?

I used to work as a Lead Developer for Achieve Internet and started working on building out large-scale deployments and websites like,,,, etc. I quickly became engaged in the Drupal community and within one year had my first core patch accepted into Drupal 6.