Heroku in 2018: Advancing Developer Experience, Trust & Compliance, and Data

2018 was an amazing year for Heroku and our customers. We want to extend a big thank you for your feedback, beta participation, and spirit of innovation, which inspires us every day to continuously improve and advance the platform.

In the past year, we released a range of new features to make the developer experience more productive, more standards based, and more open. We achieved significant compliance milestones, provided trust controls for creating multi-cloud apps, and improved our existing lineup of data services.

With that, we’d like to take a moment and look back at some of the highlights from 2018. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to an even more exciting 2019!

Advancing the Developer Experience, Standards, and Open Source

Everything we do is focused on creating a high-productivity developer experience that brings structure, insight, and simplicity to app development. A few of this year’s highlights include: making it easy to build your app with Docker, making our CI solution even faster, open sourcing our CLI framework, and creating a new cloud native standard for buildpacks.

Building Docker Images with heroku.yml

Get the flexibility of Docker to package your app with the benefits of Heroku’s developer experience and managed infrastructure.

Heroku CI Parallel Tests, API, and UAT

Run tests in parallel on up to 16 nodes, trigger test runs via an API, and automate browser UAT with Functionize, SauceLabs, and BrowserStack.

CLI Autocomplete for Bash and Zsh

Heroku CLI Autocomplete makes your workflow faster and more seamless by completing commands when you press the tab key.

Buildpacks Go Cloud Native

Cloud Native Buildpacks is a new API standard for turning source code into Docker images without the need for a Dockerfile, retaining the simplicity that has made buildpacks so popular.

oclif: the Open CLI Framework

Use the same open source framework that powers our CLI to build command line tools for your company, your API, or your development needs.

App Webhooks: Easier Accessibility, More Options

Manage and create webhooks more easily than ever, right from the Heroku Dashboard.

Validating Trust, Achieving Compliance, and Enabling Multi-Cloud

Thank you for trusting us to build, run and secure the apps that keep your business running, and for trusting us with your business-critical data. We take this responsibility extremely seriously, and we’re constantly working to keep earning your trust by setting ever higher standards.

ISO Certification and SOC2 Type I Attestation

With the achievement of ISO 27001, 27017, 27018 Certification and SOC2 Type I Attestation of Heroku’s platform and data services, you can build apps on our trusted platform and simplify compliance for the majority of the stack used to deliver your apps.

VPN Support for Private Spaces

Create secure connections from Heroku Private Spaces to Google Cloud, on-premises data centers, and other third-party clouds to build a new class of multi-cloud apps.

Internal Routing for Private Spaces

Deploy apps with endpoints that are routable only within a Private Space and on VPC- and VPN-peered networks. Internal Routing simplifies security and microservices, and enables access to Heroku apps from software running in an AWS VPC.

Auto Cert Management, More TLS Options for Private Spaces

Heroku Automated Certificate Management and greater TLS cipher suite flexibility make it even easier to build secure web apps in Private Spaces.

SSO Improvements: CLI Login and Certificate Management

Users can now seamlessly complete their CLI login via SSO from the Heroku Dashboard, reducing the time spent validating credentials. Also, admins can now add up to three SSO certificates at the Enterprise Team level to ensure zero downtime, and receive automated email notifications as certificates approach expiry dates.

More Options for Working with and Scaling Data

2018 was a big year for Heroku Postgres. We introduced Postgres PGX—the next generation of our managed Postgres offering— that brings bigger databases, more plan options, and new hardware. We also made it simple to build HIPAA-compliant apps that sync data between Salesforce and Heroku.

Postgres PGX: Bigger Databases, Improved Infrastructure, Same Price

Postgres PGX plans offer upgraded CPU, memory, and networking, as well as more plan options to keep your database running smoothly at scale.

Heroku Shield Connect

Use Heroku Shield to build HIPAA-compliant apps with fast, automated bi-directional data sync between Salesforce and Heroku Postgres.

Rolling the Heroku Redis Fleet

Heroku Engineer Camille Baldock provides a behind-the-scenes look at how we responded to a critical security update to our global Redis fleet.

Partner and Ecosystem Experience

Our add-on partner ecosystem is a big part of providing a first-class developer experience to end users. This year we enhanced the add-on development experience for partners to make it similar to using the rest of Heroku’s products.

New Heroku Partner Portal for Add-ons

Partners can now bring add-ons to market more easily with an elegant, visual experience that is similar to the rest of Heroku’s products.

Async Provisioning of Add-ons

Async provisioning provides a first-class, out-of-band provisioning experience for add-on services that need extended setup time. It makes automated app setup and orchestration easier and less error-prone.

Updated Platform API for Partners

The Platform API for Partners provides official endpoints that let you introspect security settings, discover other customer instances of the same add-on, and much more.

Heroku Buildpack Registry

Buildpacks let you build Heroku apps using technologies like Meteor, Elixir, and React. With the Heroku Buildpack Registry, you can easily contribute and share buildpacks with the community.

Log in today, give the new features a try, and let us know what you think. And for a little added creative inspiration, download your Heroku artwork here. Enjoy!

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