Study Guide

General Overview of Acquia Cloud UI

This video will provide an overview of the Acquia Cloud user interface. The resources within each domain will help you investigate each topic more in-depth.

Study Guide by Domain

Domain 1.0: Fundamental Web Hosting Concepts

1.1.Demonstrate knowledge of basic web hosting architecture

A Cloud Pro understands basic website hosting architecture.


1.2.Demonstrate knowledge of Drupal development workflows

A Cloud Pro should know how to set up workflows for Drupal development on Acquia Cloud that follow best practices, avoid regression issues, and maintain secure code.


1.3.Demonstrate knowledge of key security and performance concepts

A Cloud Pro should know about basic security and performance concepts in Drupal and Acquia Cloud and how to identify when an application does not conform to best practices.


Domain 2.0: Acquia Cloud Features and Interface

2.1 Demonstrate understanding of key features of Acquia Cloud

A Cloud Pro understands the key features and user interface of Acquia Cloud, including basic service levels of Acquia Cloud and Acquia Cloud Enterprise.


2.2 Demonstrate ability to configure various aspects of an environment

A Cloud Pro should be able to configure an environment appropriate for team development of an application, including modifying PHP settings, entering Sendmail path for an application, and enabling or disabling Varnish over SSL.


2.3 Demonstrate ability to configure teams and users

A Cloud Pro should be able to set up a team and its users within Acquia Cloud, including assignment of roles, creating custom roles, and administering permissions. Also included is the management of an Organization within Acquia Cloud.


Domain 3.0: Drupal Development workflow on Acquia Cloud

3.1 Demonstrate ability to install a new Drupal site on Acquia Cloud

A Cloud Pro should be able to install a new Drupal site on Acquia Cloud by creating a new application, importing an existing application, or installing a Drupal distribution.


3.2 Demonstrate ability to set up local development environment for working with Acquia Cloud

A Cloud Pro will be able to set up a local development environment.


3.3 Demonstrate ability to deploy code, database, and files to various environments

A Cloud Pro will be able to deploy code, database, and files to various environments on Acquia Cloud, using a workflow that follows best practices.


3.4 Demonstrate ability to manage Drupal site configurations across various environments

A Cloud Pro will be able to manage site configurations for a Drupal application across environments.


3.5 Demonstrate ability to use Cloud API for workflow automation

A Cloud Pro will be able to use the Acquia Cloud API to automate workflows for development, authentication, drush and cloud hooks.


Domain 4.0: Acquia Cloud Best Practices

4.1 Demonstrate understanding of best practices for Performance enhancement

A Cloud Pro will understand best practices for performance enhancement of Drupal applications, including basic application performance, Drupal performance, and maintaining the required level of performance for your application.


4.2 Demonstrate understanding of Security best practices

A Cloud Pro will understand security best practices related to access control, managing team members and permissions, and whitelisting.


4.3 Demonstrate understanding of best practices for Live Deployment

A Cloud Pro will understand the best practices related to live deployment, including basic tools, live code changes, and workflow.


Additional Resources

The following are additional resources provided for your supplemental learning and practice.

Acquia Cloud infrastructure

The Acquia Cloud architecture and key concepts section of the Acquia Cloud documentation describes how Acquia Cloud works, including information about Acquia Cloud's architecture, security, high availability features, and compliance with standards and regulations.

As indicated in the two diagrams below, there are four main components for both Acquia Cloud Enterprise and Acquia Cloud Professional applications:

  • Reverse proxy caching and load balancing servers - Varnish/nginx

  • Web servers - Apache with PHP and Drupal code

  • Database servers - MySQL (Percona)

  • Network file system - (GlusterFS)

The exact configuration of an Acquia Cloud application's infrastructure depends on several factors, including whether the application is part of Acquia Cloud Enterprise or Acquia Cloud Professional.

Acquia Cloud Enterprise infrastructure diagram

Here is a diagram of an Acquia Cloud Enterprise application and how the components interact with one another for different user profiles:

Acquia Cloud Professional infrastructure diagram

As a comparison, the following is an example of an Acquia Cloud Professional application, and its component interactions:

Acquia Cloud Site Factory infrastructure diagram

The Acquia Cloud Site Factory and Acquia Cloud section of the Acquia Cloud documentation describes the supported and included features of Acquia Cloud Site Factory, which is built upon Acquia Cloud Enterprise.

The following diagram describes the infrastructure used for the Acquia Cloud Site Factory application, and how its components interact with one another:

Cloud videos in Acquia Academy

  • Acquia Cloud User Interface (2017)

Caching and Varnish

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