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Acquia Cloud CD

Acquia Cloud CD is an add-on feature. Contact your Account Manager to add this feature to your Acquia Cloud Enterprise subscription.

Developers thrive on a continuous delivery process in which their time is spent creating, and not waiting for tools, environments, or delays due to bottlenecks in processing pull requests from multiple developers. To assist with this need, Acquia Cloud CD provides developer and tester teams a continuous delivery cloud service, allowing them to accelerate integration and delivery of production-ready features.

Acquia Cloud CD is developer-ready, automating the process of building and testing your application with the Acquia Cloud pipelines feature orchestration and production-like environments, all seamlessly integrated with the Acquia Cloud platform.


Acquia Cloud CD helps development teams increase their productivity, code quality, and the performance of the development-to-staging process by providing a consistent toolkit for continuous building, testing, and integration of code. Available features include the following:

  • Self-service, production-like environments: Eliminates the need to move code and testing between multiple cloud platforms. It saves time and reduces the risk of errors by allowing you to provision and deprovision production-like environments in Acquia Cloud on your own.
  • Seamless Acquia Cloud integration: Provides a single environment for continuous integration and delivery with self-service, production-like environments.
  • Automated development governance: When used with the Acquia Cloud pipelines feature, brings speed and velocity to developers while lowering risks in quality, stability, and intellectual property. The automation benefits of ready-to-use building and testing tools, coupled with self-service environments, greatly reduce code and versioning inconsistencies.

Why use Acquia Cloud CD?

Code that is built frequently needs consistency to achieve continuous integration. However, it can be challenging for individual developers on a team to achieve consistency.

In traditional deployment workflows, you must do the work of assembling a website’s deployment image in your code repository. For example, to update a module, you must copy the new version of the module into your repository. Also, for deployment workflows based on local builds, each developer must ensure they have all the correct version of all prerequisites (such as PHP, Git, or Acquia Cloud repository access) available, and all developers must be able to consistently replicate this development environment locally.

Working together, Acquia Cloud CD and the Acquia Cloud pipelines feature can contain only your website’s version-controlled build instructions and private resources. You can keep the canonical version of external resources outside of your repository, and pull in the latest or other required version as you build your website for deployment. Acquia Cloud CD also provides a consistent build and testing environment to all developers in a cloud-based container, which has access to production-like environments you can create or remove as needed.

Getting started with Acquia Cloud CD

To get started with creating and using CD environments for your continuous development and delivery, see Managing Acquia Cloud CD environments.