SFTP is a file transfer protocol that you can send files securely from one computer to another. Web developers often use it, but SFTP also has many other uses.

For instance, SFTP can send sensitive customer data between your server and the Heroku platform in a secure way. SFTP can also be used to send data between SFTP and the Heroku platform, which gives you even more control over your sensitive data.

When using Heroku, using an SFTP can increase data processing and lead to many advantages for your business.

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Table of Contents

  1. Why is SFTP Important?
  2. How Are SFTP Files Secured?
  3. Can You Use SFTP on Heroku?
  4. What Are SFTP/Heroku Best Practices?
  5. The Importance of a Good ETL Tool
  6. SFTP and Heroku on Xplenty
  7. Using Xplenty to Enhance Security With SFTP and Heroku

Why Is SFTP Important?

SFTP is important for several reasons.

SFTP file transfer uses the SSH protocol to encrypt data before a transfer which ensures that the data cannot easily be hacked during the transfer.

Not only does SFTP increase the security of data transfer, but it also increase the efficiency of file sharing by allowing for fast, bulk file transfers. 

How Are SFTP Files Secured?

SFTP uses public and private keys to perform authentication, which is a secure way of verifying identity when two parties need to communicate.

Can You Use SFTP on Heroku?

SFTP can be used on Heroku with SFTP-specific add-ons, but it's essential to understand that SFTP is not an official part of the Heroku platform.

Heroku supports marketplace applications including SFTP To Go to integrate SFTP and the Heroku platform.

SFTP To Go is a Heroku add-on that allows you to fully-managed cloud SFTP storage into your Heroku apps.

With a managed SFTP service, you may engage in secure information exchange with partners and customers using a standard protocol without having to purchase or operate your SFTP servers and storage. As it is based on AWS services, it is highly scalable and available with a multi-AZ architecture.

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What Are SFTP/Heroku Best Practices?

Here are some of the best practices when using SFTP and Heroku:

  • Ensure SFTP and SSH are enabled on your Heroku app. you can do this through the "Configure" tab under your application's settings.
  • Enable SFTP with SFTP To Go within your client area by clicking on "Add SFTP to My Apps." 
  • To get started using SFTP and SFTP-specific add-ons, you will want to have an ETL tool that can transfer files securely from your SFTP server to your Heroku account without exposing sensitive customer data.
  • SFTP can be used on Heroku with SFTP-specific add-ons, but it's essential to understand that SFTP is not an official part of the Heroku platform.
  • The SFTP add-on is also the only way to connect SFTP and Heroku.

SFTP provides several other advantages besides security and compliance functionality.

The Importance of a Good ETL Tool

An ETL tool allows you to manage, schedule, and monitor transfers between SFTP servers allowing you to have complete control over what happens with customer data before being stored on an SFTP server. 

Extract, transforming and loading your data can be very beneficial by ensuring that the data that is being transferred, has been cleaned and is ready to be utilized once the transfer is complete.

Combining the strengths of an ETL such as Xplenty with an SFTP can provide for safe transfers of information that are ready to be used upon completion of the transfer.

SFTP and Heroku on Xplenty

When looking for the best ETL platform to automate your transfer and ensure SFTP security, there are many reasons that you should use Xplenty's SFTP Heroku Security solution.

Xplenty integrates with Heroku, and you can set up an SFTP connection through your Xplenty dashboard. This software stack allows you to manage SFTP security and compliance for SFTP-specific add-ons within a single platform that is built for data integration.

Xplenty's SFTP Heroku Security solution ensures authentication, encryption, decryption, monitoring of SFTP file transfer processes, and access management with multi-factor authentication.

Using Xplenty to Enhance Security With SFTP and Heroku

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SFTP and Heroku is a powerful combination. However, if you are seeking the optimal software stack to increase data transfer speed and security, adding Xplenty is the best way to go. 

Xplenty in combination with SFTP and Heroku will ensure that the data is clean and transported reliably and securely.

If you are ready to secure your information, book a call with the Xplenty team today and take your business to new heights.