What is a Salesforce Sandbox?
Sandboxes possess a unique utility for nearly all enterprise businesses, containing a representative subset of production data. Many organizations use these low-cost environments to train new employees to use Salesforce, build an application development lifecycle, or even test app integrations before connecting them to a production Salesforce environment. Before getting into too much technical detail, it will be helpful to understand the different types of Salesforce sandboxes.
Types of Salesforce Sandboxes
Salesforce offers many different sandboxes, each of which has pros and cons. Each of the sandbox types illustrated in the table below is acquired when customers purchase Salesforce licenses:
How to Provision Salesforce Sandboxes
Salesforce has made provisioning sandboxes relatively easy, even for the most inexperienced Administrator.
To create a sandbox in Salesforce:
- Login to Salesforce
- Click the Setup icon in the upper right-hand corner and select “Setup”
- Use the “Quick Find” search menu to type “sandboxes” and select “Sandboxes”
- This will take you to a page listing your Organization’s sandboxes and give you the option to clone, delete, refresh, or log in to any of these sandboxes
Salesforce Sandbox Management Challenges
While Salesforce has provided a relatively broad range of sandbox types and flexible use-cases, several limitations exist. CapStorm has been serving the Salesforce community since 2011 with expert solutions for Salesforce data management and offers a unique approach to addressing the challenges associated with Salesforce sandboxes:
Leveraging Salesforce Sandboxes with CapStorm
CapStorm’s user community regularly seeds sandbox environments with targeted subsets of anonymized production data for development and testing purposes. Data can be extracted from production or sandbox environments and migrated into separate production or sandbox environments. As a result, developers finally have private sandboxes, enabling build/test work to be completed on high-quality datasets without interference from competing priorities or projects. Gone are the days of manually loading data into these environments with CSV files! Start a conversation with a CapStorm expert and revolutionize how your enterprise utilizes Salesforce sandboxes.