Key Concepts

Deployment Targets

Introduction

We encourage a hybrid "cloud + local" workflow, so you can use right tool for each stage of your development process. With the Local Platform, you can create, debug, and run projects on premise while using your own on-site tools. With the Cloud Platform you can deploy backtests at scale, and harness our massive data library at low cost.

The deployment target setting allows you to switch modes from Local to Cloud Platforms, chosing where you run your algorithm. Local Platform targets are denoted with blue icons, where Cloud Platform targets have gold colored icons.

Cloud Platform

The Cloud deployment target is a collection of servers that the QuantConnect team manages. It's the same deployment target you use if you create projects, spin up research nodes, and deploy algorithms on the QuantConnect website. Follow these steps to set the deployment target of a project on the local platform to Cloud:

  1. Create a project or open an exisiting one.
  2. In the Project panel, click the Deployment Target field and then click Cloud from the drop-down menu.

After you set the deployment target to Cloud, the Build and Backtest icons are orange.

Local Platform

The Local deployment target is your local machine. Follow these steps to set the deployment target of a project on the local platform to your local environment:

  1. Create a project or open an exisiting one.
  2. In the Project panel, click the Deployment Target field and then click Local from the drop-down menu.

After you set the deployment target to your local machine, the Build and Backtest icons are blue.

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