In the install docs I see that the install command requires sudo. Can Replicated platform be installed without root access?
The short answer is yes, root access is required.
The installation scripts require root privileges to install Docker and configure the Replicated services.
Additionally, the Replicated services need access to the Docker socket to configure and deploy the application. In order to access the Docker socket, the replicated user must be a member of the docker group. The docker group grants privileges equivalent to the root user. For details on how this impacts security in your system, see Docker Daemon Attack Surface.
Docker rootless mode is not supported by Replicated.