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Acquia Cloud - Overview
Acquia Cloud is a Drupal-tuned scalable, secure and reliable cloud hosting platform for professional developers. Acquia Cloud includes powerful developer UIs, secure server access using SSH, and automated deployment from a version-controlled code repository.The cloud workflow tools let you easily deploy content with a drag-and-drop functionality across designated development, staging, and production environments. The cloud platform has extended capabilities of API, Cloud hooks and all of our network tools such as Insight, Acquia Search, Mollom and a host of third party optimization tools.
Barry Jaspan: Acquia Cloud is a platform for developing and deploying Drupal sites. It provides development, staging, and production environments for each site and automates the task of deploying your code, databases, and files across them. For example, your development environment will usually be deploying the master branch from your code repository. When you are ready to show the latest code to your client, you simply drag the code from development to staging. This tags the tip of the master branch with the current date and deploys it to the staging environment. When you are ready to run the same code in production, you just drag it again from staging to the production environment. If a problem occurs, you can quickly go back to prior code by selecting any previously created tag. You often want to test your latest code against the current production database from your live site. As with code, you can simply drag and drop it from the production environment back to the staging or development environment. You can do the same thing with your user-uploaded files.
Acquia Cloud fully supports Drupal multi-site. You can create as many databases as you want; one for each subsite. Each database automatically gets a separate instance for development, staging, and production. Your site always uses the correct database for its environment, so your development environment never accidentally messes up your production database. Every database in each environment is automatically backed up every night and retained for three days; so on Monday morning, you still have a backup from Friday. You can also make a backup on demand at any time that is retained until you decide to delete it. You can download, restore or delete any of your backups at any time. All the features of Acquia Cloud are available not just through the web UI, but also through the Drush command-line tool and Cloud API. Also, all Acquia Cloud subscriptions include Insight, Search, Mollom and a variety of third-party tools. To learn more, visit docs.acquia.com/cloud.
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