Serving over 150,000 companies worldwide has its challenges, but Salesforce is poised to meet those needs at every level. As businesses strive to compete in a worldwide economy, their customers expect innovation. More importantly, they expect speed in the way their data moves and responds. As they come up with new ideas, they need a way to implement them quickly and allow them to grow. Organizations don't want to spend resources and time on performance or the security of their data; they want it to be taken care of.
Salesforce is rapidly outgrowing its current configuration of shared production orgs. It's quite a balancing act for Salesforce to keep Data within each org while maintaining seamless service across all instances. Org splits keep this moving, but it also has limitations on growth. Instead of continually adding instances on its servers, it needed to expand outside of the box.
To this end, Salesforce has built Hyperforce, a new infrastructure architecture that unifies the foundations of the various clouds and allows Salesforce to scale rapidly and securely using public cloud partners. No longer are you limited to space on a server for data. Now the world's cloud is your playground.
Benefits of Building on Cloud Platforms
- Known as Hyperscale, the growth possibilities on this new foundation are endless. Instead of being limited to service or production org, a company can choose a location and have the vast cloud space available for scalability. Companies will be able to add value to their customers in new ways and will be able to expand their reach on a global scale. Public clouds allow companies to reach customers with speed and agility. There is reduced latency and shorter routes between users and data centers. Whereas before companies were limited in space and performance by servers, clouds opened up unlimited growth space.
- Regarded as Hypersecurity, the same measures Salesforce is known and trusted for will not change. Data encryption is standard, and this platform allows public sector and other verticals to safely and rapidly deploy in areas that may have previously been restricted.
- The Hypercompliancy of this platform means that companies that need to comply with regulations specific to regions or industries will find this new architecture advantageous. Regions are chosen based on compliance, performance, or maintenance windows. If you need residency in a specific country to be compliant, this infrastructure allows you to select a particular location to store your data allows this compliance. The cloud providers are well-versed in each country's rules, and being on the cloud enables companies to adapt and comply quicker. Being closer to the data source also reduces latency and creates efficiencies.
- Hypercompatiblity means no functionality is lost. This platform resides in the background and is compatible with all other Salesforce applications a company might have. It aims to make all of the features better. The change is transparent. Hypercompatible – no functionality lost. This is the underlying architecture, nothing on the surface. What you are working on now will work in the future.
How does a company move to Hyperforce?
Similar to migration when an org split occurs (moving from one server platform to another), migration to Hyperforce works similarly, with checklists and planning. There is a small window of downtime during migration, and then the rest is seamless. You may need to upgrade some data and processes ahead of time, but that is a good practice anyway. Once migrated, there is transparency in where your data is.
Advantages for Customers
Salesforce can concentrate on providing products and services that the customer can see, while cloud providers handle innovation at the infrastructure level. There is no cost to migrate to Hyperforce. New products will be offered on a cloud-native platform as opposed to local servers. There are no new storage options available, but these will be incorporated in the future. Hyperforce has mission-critical availability. Instead of primary and secondary redundancies, Hyperforce operates over three availability zones. The most significant advantage to customers is in performance and capacity. As you are closer to the data, there is less latency and optimal performance. Whether you need ample or low-grade data storage, Hyperforce will accommodate your needs without negatively impacting your use of cases or integrations of functions.
Are there any Drawbacks?
While a company can choose a location or region, it can't select a particular cloud. AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure are the major cloud providers. If there are two available in your specified location, Hyperforce can choose the one they feel is most advantageous for your situation. Hyperforce is currently only available in select regions. If you desire a different area, you may need to wait until the implementation expands. Salesforce started in India and Australia, where there was a great need. If you already have part of your platform on the cloud, you will need to work with Salesforce architects to see how everything works together. If you run into limits, these will not go away just because you are on a new platform. There are new products or options for solutions to see why you are hitting limits.
What does this mean for Flosum customers?
Flosum is built 100% natively to Salesforce, meaning Flosum DevOps will be available to any customer on Hyperforce. Our customers will see zero changes if they decide to move to Hyperforce. They will get the exact same DevOps experience they are used to. Hyperforce helps Flosum scale for those countries with data residency laws. Now, they can get local access and data storage they may not have seen previously with Salesforce’s server restrictions. Our partnership with Salesforce Hyperforce is exemplary of a changing space towards DevSecOps and the need for organizations to continue shifting left. For more information about Flosum with Hyperforce, please book a meeting.