Acquia Cloud Environments

To provide increased production-ready deployment speed, reliability, and cost efficiency, Acquia Cloud Environments (a beta feature of Acquia Cloud) enables developers and DevOps teams to create and work in test environments on-demand, and then remove those on-demand, development environments when they're no longer required.

On-demand environments are very similar to regular environments, with the most notable difference being that they have orange headers for the Code, Databases, and Files cards, instead of the regular blue headers.

CD environment

You can either use the Acquia Cloud interface to add or remove on-demand environments, or use the Cloud API v2 to do so.

Adding an environment with the user-interface

To add an on-demand environment to your subscription, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Acquia Cloud, and then select the select the application in which you want to create an on-demand environment.
  2. From your subscription's action icons, click the Add Environment icon. Add environment icon
  3. In the dialog box, add a label in Enter a label for the new environment.
  4. Click Continue.
    Acquia Cloud displays an Add environment dialog box.

    Select a branch

  5. In the Select branch list, select the branch you want to deploy to your Acquia Cloud Environments environment, and then click Continue.
    Acquia Cloud then displays a dialog box to both confirm your choices and display the number of remaining on-demand environments.
  6. Click Add environment.

Acquia Cloud will begin to create your on-demand environment. You can monitor the environment's creation status in the activity notifications section of the interface.

Deleting an environment with the user interface

When you are finished with the temporary environment, it can be deleted from Acquia Cloud. To do this, complete the following steps:

  1. Sign in to Acquia Cloud, and then select the on-demand environment that you want to remove.
  2. From your environment's action icons, click the Remove icon. Delete an environment
    Acquia Cloud displays a Remove cloned environment dialog box.
  3. In the dialog box, enter your password in the Enter your account password to confirm this action text field.
  4. Click Remove.

Acquia Cloud will begin the removal of the environment. The on-demand environment is no longer available for your use.

Managing your environments with Cloud API v2

Version 2 of the Cloud API provides a REST API that you can use to manage your on-demand environments. You can view the list of available Cloud API calls at the following URL:

http://cloud.acquia.com/api-docs/ode/

The API includes the following methods that you can use with your on-demand environments:

Code Description
POST /api/applications/{uuid}/environments Create an on-demand environment for the {uuid} application
DELETE /api/environments/{id} Remove the {id} on-demand environment

For complete information about these and other methods, see the Cloud API v2 documentation.

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