Has anyone implemented external objects/lightning connect? It's my understanding that lightning connect is simply a rebranding of external objects.

Is there an additional licensing cost to use external objects? I don't see much mention of it but found some info. here on the investors site regarding lightning connect: http://investor.salesforce.com/about-us/investor/investor-news/investor-news-details/2014/Salesforce-Launches-Salesforce1-Lightning-Connect-The-Fastest-Easiest-Way-to-Integrate-Any-Data-Source-with-Salesforce/default.aspx

Salesforce1 Lightning Connect is priced per data source and monthly subscription pricing starts at $4,000 per month.

Can anyone confirm this either way?

  • WOW - If that is the case it kills the theory of moving data from SF to Heroku as the cost of Data storage on SF would be cheaper for everyone except those with small number of users and large data. 48K a year for connection to an external source amazing. – Eric Jun 26 '15 at 15:20
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    Synching to Heroku is a different situation than Lightning Connect. Connect is to any database of your choice so to speak, like AWS, etc. – crmprogdev Jun 26 '15 at 15:24
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    Yes, Lightning Connect and Heroku Connect are not the same and have different prices as far as I know. – Samuel De Rycke Jun 26 '15 at 15:48
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    48k is the list price I have always heard as well. It used to be the case that unauthenticated endpoints were free, but if you required any authentication, it cost 4k per connection per month, but I don't have any links to back that up – BritishBoyinDC Nov 21 '18 at 15:27

Yes, I can confirm that Lightning Connect is an additional cost. See your Account Rep for details on cost.

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    It'd be nice if they were more upfront with this type of stuff, it would make planning much easier. – Phil B Jun 26 '15 at 16:26
  • In the webinars I watched on Lightning earlier this Spring and during Lightning Week at the Dallas DUG meetup, they were very upfront about it. Perhaps it's a matter of what you were exposed to... – crmprogdev Jun 26 '15 at 16:33

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