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Welcome to the Acorn Sandbox: Your Computing Lab in the Cloud
As soon as you join Acorn, you unlock a powerful, free computing environment where you can deploy software, publish web sites, and experience all the power of cloud computing with ease.
Free infrastructure for everyone
Your Acorn Sandbox environment is a cloud environment where you can run Acorns consuming up to a total of 4gb of RAM for up to two hours.
Use the Sandbox as often as you like
Acorns deployed to the Sandbox are stopped after two hours and deleted after 8 hours, but you can start new ones as often as you like.
Create an Account using GitHub
All you need to join Acorn and activate your Sandbox is an active GitHub account. Sign Up now .
Public URL per workload with SSL
Share any Acorn endpoint on the internet with an Acorn-provided public URL with SSL.
Explore your deployments
You can manage your Acorns and the Sandbox through either the Acorn CLI or the web interface.
Unleash the power of the Acornfile and Acorn Images
Acorn is built around a delightfully simple approach to describing and defining Application deployments. Creating and sharing Acorn Images is as intuitive as using Docker.
Acornfiles describe deployments
Just as a Dockerfile describes how to build a single application container, an Acornfile describes how to deploy your entire application, including the containers, jobs, arguments, secrets, and volumes needed to deploy your application.
Service Acorns can manage cloud services
Service Acorns are used to integrate with cloud services such as databases, queues, and storage buckets. These services can also be provisioned from Acorn without needing to know how to use Terraform or CloudFormation.
Share your Acorns with Acorn Links.
Once you’ve built an Acorn image, you can create an Acorn Link from it. Acorn Links are public URLs that allow anyone to launch an instance of your application on their Acorn account.
Publish Acorn Links anywhere
Share your Acorn Link where it will have the most impact, by including it in websites, blogs, videos, social media, GitHub repos, or even QR codes. You can even submit it to the Acorn Library, where we are always sharing interesting Acorns.
Download the CLI
All the power of Acorn is at your fingertips with the Acorn CLI.
Build with the Acorn VS Code Extension
The Acorn VS Code extension makes it easy to interact with the platform and deploy your applications without leaving the comfort of your IDE.
Graduate from Sandbox to Production
While the Acorn sandbox is always free, Acorn really shines when you start running production applications.
Run persistent services with Pro account
By upgrading to a Pro account , you gain the ability to deploy Acorns to Pro regions and run your applications without any limitations.
Consistent Acorn from Sandbox to production
When you are ready to go live, the same Acorn image you built and tested in your sandbox can be deployed with a production tag and run at any scale on your dedicated cloud infrastructure.
Pay for what you use
Resource usage in Pro accounts is billed on a consumption basis as you deploy and run containers, disks, and network traffic.
Built on AWS infrastructure
Acorn Pro Regions run on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure, and leverage AWS services. Acorn is built for multi-cloud operations, and will offer pro regions in Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and other clouds in the future
Monitor, debug and update your apps with ease.
Seeing issues in production? Acorn makes it a snap to track performance metrics, inspect logs, and directly debug deployments so you can quickly address any issues.
Real-time metrics and logs
Whether you are working in the CLI or inspecting the Acorn dashboard, you can inspect your entire application stack, pull logs, and quickly understand how your application is performing.
Automated Secret management
Acorn supports rich secret management and automated secret generation.
Debug prod like never before
Acorn is built for developers, so we’ve made debugging running Acorns a snap. Just launch any Acorn in dev mode and you’ll get a clone of production you can directly run your debugging tools against.
Oh so easy continuous delivery.
Every time you push new code, Acorn can monitor your repos and directly build and deploy a new environment for your team to test and then push to prod.
Integrated with CI tools
Acorn fits into existing CI pipelines by using the Acorn CLI to build the Acorn image, in the same way a Docker build is integrated into a CI pipeline.
Run on Dedicated Infrastructure by Registering your own AWS account
For teams that have their own AWS account, Acorn Platinum and Enterprise users can create dedicated environments on any AWS region.
Provide your AWS credentials
Acorn fully manages the deployment, configuration, and operation of running applications on AWS infrastructure using your existing AWS account.
Pay for infrastructure directly to AWS
With your own AWS accounts, teams can utilize existing AWS cloud credits, or pre-negotiated rates to keep your hosting costs under control.
Easily provision and manage AWS Cloud Services.
With Acorn Platinum accounts, cloud services from AWS including RDS, S3, SNS and SQS are exposed directly to users as Acorns, making cloud native development seamless.
Scale to multiple regions
As you launch new Acorns, you can expand the application deployment to any AWS regions supported by Acorn.
Experience Collaborative Cloud Development
Acorn makes it simple to invite your teams to collaborate in dev, test, and production environments
Manage multiple projects
Every Acorn account supports multiple projects so you can segment deployments and create boundaries between different environments.
Invite collaborators to join your project
Once you have a project, you can invite anyone with an Acorn account to join you and collaborate on deployments.
Role-based Access Control
As your team grows and your needs change, you can easily define access control policies, specific roles, and ensure your team has exactly the right access to your deployments.
Support for Single Sign-on
Acorn uses GitHub for authentication and SSO by default. Organizations who need to integrate with other single sign-on tools, can access this functionality by upgrading to Acorn Enterprise .
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