Salesforce takes Heroku Enterprise GA in App Cloud update

Salesforce's platform-as-a-service play, Heroku, adds a bevy of enterprise friendly features.

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Salesforce on Tuesday announced the general availability of Heroku Enterprise as part of an updated App Cloud.

Heroku Enterprise, which was outlined in September at Dreamforce, is Salesforce's platform-as-a-service entry into the enterprise.

According to Brian Goldfarb, senior vice president of App Cloud marketing at Salesforce, said Heroku Enterprise includes support for a feature called Private Spaces that connects to private networks, support for global regions and integrated identity management.

Goldfarb said Private Spaces gives Heroku Enterprise a way to connect to virtual private networks and integrate with hybrid data center deployments. The Global Regions effort is a way to deal with data sovereignty and moving App Cloud closer to customers.

"Global Regions is really about performance primarily," said Goldfarb, who added there are also compliance gains for enterprises too. "For a Japanese company connecting to a Global Region in Tokyo makes sense."

As for identity management within Heroku Enterprise, Goldfarb said App Cloud will connect to other identity systems such as Microsoft Active Directory as well as its own.