New Heroku Dashboard and Metrics now in Beta

At Heroku, we’re focused on delivering thoughtfully designed systems to improve developer productivity and experience. We firmly believe that improving the development and operations experience helps developers to build and run better apps. This improvement allows developers to focus more on functionality, and businesses to focus more on the value of their applications.

Today we are pleased to announce two new features, both in public beta, that support this mission: a new Heroku Dashboard and Heroku Metrics. These new systems bring developers powerful new clarity and simplicity around application management, execution, and optimization.

New Heroku Dashboard: Managing applications, organizations, and accounts via the web is now easier than ever.

Heroku Metrics: Monitoring production applications and understanding the relationships between runtime characteristics is now built into Heroku.

Both are live for you to begin using now.

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Heroku Connect: Faster Synchronization and New Event Driven Architecture

In May we released the first version of Heroku Connect, a service that makes it easy to build Heroku apps that share data with your Salesforce deployment.

Today we released our first major update to the service, bringing new speed and scale enhancements to all Heroku Connect users. Together, these enhancements lower latency on Heroku Connect synchronization, provide developers with more granular controls and improve insight into their Force.com API utilization.

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The new PHP on Heroku now Generally Available

Today we’re announcing the general availability of the new PHP support on Heroku. The key features, in case you missed them when we outlined them in the beta announcement, include:

We’re very happy to make this generally available for all users. Since our public beta weeks ago we’ve seen a variety of users trying many of these modern frameworks such as Laravel and Symfony, as well as work towards improving the development experience by running our own buildpack locally.

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WebSockets now Generally Available

WebSocket support was introduced as a Labs feature last year, and we went through extensive testing and a number of technical iterations to improve performance and to provide a predictable compliance target. Thanks to great interaction with the community and early feature users, we now have a fast and robust solution available in production.

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Faster Database forking

Did you know that Heroku databases can be forked? Forking a database creates a byte-for-byte copy that can be used for testing and development. It is a useful tool that allows teams to be agile with their data.

Today, forking databases is becoming faster. Fast forking reduces the time to create a fork by hours for high transaction database. To quickly fork a database, simply add the --fast flag:

$ heroku addons:add heroku-postgresql:crane --fork BLUE --fast

Fast forks behave differently from regular forks. They take less time to create, but the data will be somewhat out-of-date (as much as 30 hours). If your data has not changed significantly and you have not performed any schema migrations in the last 30 hours, then fast forks are a speedy alternative to regular ones.

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