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Acquia Cloud glossary

This page defines some of the important terms used in the Acquia Cloud interface. We’ve made some changes in terminology from the previous version of the Acquia Cloud interface, and this page also points out those changes.

Term Definition

Acquia Cloud special role that has all of the possible permissions for all of the applications in an organization.

You can’t customize the Administrator role to have less than all of the possible permissions. The Administrator can act on an application even if you do not assign the Administrator to a team. Multiple people can be assigned to the Administrator role in an organization.


A software product that implements a web service, such as a Drupal-based web site or a web-accessible API.

In a modern digital portfolio, applications may encompass mobile or wearable apps, IoT, and future interface devices. In Acquia Cloud, an application specifically refers to the software product as an entity in itself, separate from the potentially many installations of the application in different environments, such as Production, or Development, that may use specific domain names, with specific content. Applications have a lifecycle and typically have multiple versions. An application is primarily made up of its program code, such as Drupal core plus contributed and custom modules, along with static assets such as images and stylesheets for its visual theme.

Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)

A device that distributes incoming application traffic across multiple servers improving the responsiveness and increasing the availability of applications.

ELBs are required when using the legacy (ELB-based) SSL model on Acquia Cloud.

Elastic IP Address (EIP)

A static IPv4 address which is associated with your Acquia Cloud account and allows you to mask the failure of an instance or software by rapidly remapping the address to another instance in your account.

Currently, Acquia Cloud does not support Elastic IP addresses for IPv6.


Separate areas in your application that you can use to maintain a clear and orderly workflow as you develop, test, and publish your applications.

Acquia Cloud deploys an application on each of the application’s environments, but each environment may be in a different state with its own database, and possibly a different code branch or tag, deployed. Each environment has a URL where you can view its application, but only the Production environment’s URL is designed to be visible to the application’s users (website visitors). The number of environments available to you depends on your Acquia subscription.


A group of subscriptions, applications, and teams in Acquia Cloud.

An organization can represent different business objects for different entities. For example, you can group all your company’s applications under a single organization, or under independent organizations for separate business units. Acquia sets up your organizations after you create an Acquia subscription. Each subscription, including its applications, and team belongs to one and only one organization. A team member can be on teams that are assigned to any number of organizations.


Acquia Cloud special role that has all of the possible permissions for all of the applications in an organization.

You can’t customize the Owner role to have less than all of the possible permissions, and the Owner can act on an application even if you do not assign the Owner to a team. An organization must always have exactly one Owner. The Owner of an organization also acts in all respects as an Administrator.


Editable information about a user in the Acquia Cloud interface, including password, name, contact information, API credentials, and two-step verification settings.

Everyone who is registered as a user for the Acquia Cloud interface has a personal profile that they can access by clicking their photo or avatar in the upper right corner of the Acquia Cloud interface.

Scheduled job Automated maintenance task or job set to run at scheduled intervals using the Scheduled Jobs page in the Acquia Cloud interface.

A set of entitlements that you have purchased from Acquia, including how many applications you can host on Acquia Cloud, what hardware they run on, and what level of support you are entitled to.

Each organization can have one or more subscriptions, which are available at three basic levels: Acquia Cloud Enterprise, Acquia Cloud Professional, and Acquia Cloud Free.


Organizational unit of users who work on developing and managing Acquia Cloud applications, and are assigned to applications.

The role you assign to a user as a member of a team defines that user’s permissions for an application. For example, some roles allow a user to act only on non-Production environments for the team’s applications. For more information, see Managing users, teams, roles, and permissions.