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Containers in Cloud Platform

Containers are a virtualization technology with many advantages in comparison to traditional approaches, including virtual machines. Containers are lightweight and hence, they are faster and more secure, and they use packaging (images containing an application’s dependencies) to ensure no dependencies are outdated or missing.

A container can run any application, together with its dependencies, in isolation from all other applications on the same infrastructure.

Cloud Platform uses containers for several of its features, including the following:

Additional Cloud Platform container information

For a list of the tools and PHP extensions provided in an Acquia Cloud Platform-provided container, see Resources for containers and pipelines jobs.

For instructions about using Drush in containers, see Using different Drush versions in containers.