This article was originally posted on Adam Malone's blog at Mounting Acquia locally with sshfs.
One of the things that I've been working on recently as part of my MBOs with Acquia is related to learning and teaching Drupal 8. My latest self-enforced task is to port the SimpleSAMLphp Authentication module and create a new and shiny D8 version. After migrating most of the routing, configuration and form structures, I started to work on the business logic and get federated login working.
I've been using the free Identity Provider (IdP) provided by Feide to remove the pain of setting up my own IdP. The only caveat to this was that I needed to ensure my Service Provider (SP) was accessible from the general web; this was not possible when running Drupal 8 on my laptop. The quickest way for me to get a Drupal 8-ready platform that would be accessible online was to spin up a quick Acquia Cloud Free site and work from there. Unfortunately, I would then lose the use of PHPStorm and all the benefits a solid IDE brings to Drupal 8 development.