MCR – Salesforce Express Connect

MCR Connections to Salesforce using Express Connect

Salesforce’s private connection model is called Express Connect.

Express Connect supports private, dedicated access to Salesforce services.

Connectivity Model

  • Express Connect is delivered as a Layer 3 routed service. The MCR will establish BGP peering to Salesforce.
  • Customers access Salesforce services using public IPs. Customers can bring their own public IPs or NAT to IPs provided by Megaport for BGP peering from the MCR. Salesforce will not accept RFC1918 routes.
  • Public or private ASNs can be used.

Additional information to consider:

Provisioning

One virtual cross-connect (VXC) provisions two logical connections to Salesforce.  Salesforce has redundant routers which will provide guaranteed uptime for both service locations.

Timeframe

Salesforce can take up to two business days to approve the connection request once a VXC is deployed from our Portal.

Internet Backup

If the customer is using publicly routed IP space and the single Megaport connection fails, routing to Salesforce can revert to the public Internet if desired.

 

A common Express Connect deployment using an MCR might look like this:

Let’s get started with establishing a connection to Salesforce Express Connect

Using the Megaport Portal, choose the MCR (a-end) from which you want to establish a connection, then select the Salesforce icon or you can select “+ Connection”

 

If you selected +connection, next select the Cloud tile.

Next, select the provider as Salesforce. You will be presented with options allowing you to select your desired target location to connect to (SEC).

Select your destination Port and then select “Next”.

Complete the information below by giving the connection a name, a rate limit.  Invoice reference is optional.

Name Your Connection – A free text field allowing you to assign an easily identifiable name for this connection.

Rate Limit – The rate limit can be any value between 1Mb and 5GB.

After completing the required fields select “Next”.

 

Here you are presented the MCR Connection detail page.

Select “Next”

 

ASN – Private and Public ASNs are accepted.  You can choose to use the default MCR ASN #133937 as shown here.

BGP Password – Note:* Salesforce currently does not support a BGP password.  Leave this blank.

Prefixes – Prefixes to announce to Salesforce.  RIR assigned IPv4 address ranges only.  If you do not have public IP ranges, you can source NAT to the /31s IP provided by Megaport.  If you are going to use the /31s IP provided by Megaport, you can leave this field blank.  Note: RFC 1918 space is not permitted.  Once VXC is completed new prefixes cannot be added.

Here you will see a summary detail of the configurations you have made.  You can select “back” if you need to make changes or select “Add VXC” to proceed to your Services page where you will select “Order” on the left-hand side and proceed through the check out.

Once the VXC is created and you’ve checked out, Salesforce can take up to two business days to approve the connection request.

When Salesforce accepts the request, two logical and redundant connections are created from Salesforce.

Useful links:

Salesforce Express Connect

 

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