There’s been a lot of hype around Hyperforce lately so here we will try to demystify it for our non-profits and give you some guidance.
Originally Salesforce was created in the cloud, with a trust and security mindset at the centre of what they did. This included their own private data centres around the world to ensure the highest levels of security and performance.
But as the demand for more storage grows and the need for more agility and scalability, Salesforce has rethought this model to expand from its own data centres to include public clouds like Google, AWS and Microsoft Azure, reshaping Salesforces architecture from a whole new perspective, but still with the same or improved data security.
Hyperforce is built from the ground up, with all the experience Salesforce has to offer, embedded with the highest levels of security, availability, and scalability, to move as quickly as you need it to grow the organisation and stay up to date with the latest industry and regional regulations.
Because Hyperforce leverages in-country or organisational selected data storage, there are fewer worries about local data restrictions and regulations, which can move with your needs. Because you can leverage existing public cloud storage, the time to access this is vastly reduced from months to days.
Benefits in a nutshell
- Data is stored locally, complying with in-country and regional regulations
- Scale with the public cloud worldwide
- More complex security measures, with the least access privileges, zero automatic trust, and end-to-end encryption of customer data
- Control over the privacy of your data and the data of your customers
- Handle workloads with ease, with an infrastructure to scale as and when you need it – no matter what you are doing, you are no longer limited by server processing capacity or processing issues affecting your instance
- Backward compatibility, with every Salesforce app, customisation and integration regardless of cloud able to run on Hyperforce
Should you upgrade to Hyperforce?
The short answer is… possibly. Here’s why:
- The work estimate to migrate is around two months, so it should not be undertaken lightly
- There are many steps of pre-preparation that must be completed before starting a migration
- The system will be in ‘read only’ mode for up to 48 hours (maybe longer for large orgs)
- Once preparation is complete, then it is possible to start Salesforce’s migration steps. Details here.
- Not all products and features are available in all regions – yet, which could impact NPSP (Nonprofit Success Pack) customers
With all that being said, if you have multiple and complex data security needs and local data requirements then this may be a journey you should embark on.
Warning: as with all new features and functionality do your research and testing first before you take any action!
Katie Ross is an experienced Salesforce Trainer at Giveclarity.
Giveclarity are a multi award-winning Salesforce partner working exclusively with charities, providing Salesforce consultancy, training and support.