NetSuite Sandbox 101: Everything you need to know and should know

A sandbox is an isolated testing environment that enables users to run programs or execute files without affecting the application, system or platform on which they run. In Software development, it is standard practice for developers to use sandboxes to test new programming code before implementing it live to prevent business disruptions. Cybersecurity professionals use sandboxes to test potentially malicious software to test vulnerabilities without compromising live data. 

In software and web development sandboxes are also used to safely execute malicious code to avoid harming the device on which the code is running, the network or other connected devices. Using a sandbox to detect malware offers an additional layer of protection against security threats, such as stealthy attacks and exploits that use zero-day vulnerabilities.

Sandboxes can also be applied in NetSuite. NetSuite Sandbox allows businesses to test NetSuite customizations and integrations before applying it live to prevent disruptions in live business processes.

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How Does Sand Box Technology Work

NetSuite is a highly customizable platform that allows businesses to build and create features that will help tailor fit NetSuite to unique business requirements. NetSuite sandbox allows businesses to safely implement customization in a safe environment without risking disruptions in the day-to-day operations of the business. NetSuite is a test environment that allows businesses to implement changes in a safe, secure, and isolated environment where developers and administrators can develop and test customization or apply fixes.

How NetSuite Sandbox Works

Through the NetSuite SuiteCloud Development Framework (SDF) businesses can directly deploy code from SuiteCloud IDE to development, sandbox, and production accounts. NetSuite sandbox can be enabled to mirror a live or production environment that an external developer can use to develop an app that uses a web service from the sandbox without granting third-party developers from accessing sensitive data. This enables third-party developers to validate their code before migrating it to the production environment.

What is a Sandbox Account?

The sandbox account contains a replica of the configuration, customization and data from your live production account as of a specific date, but does not process external transactions such as payments or email campaigns. The data can be refreshed from the production account on-demand. Each sandbox account that you purchase comes with three development accounts.

What is a Development Account?

Development accounts have the same features and NetSuite-provisioned SuiteApps as your company’s production account but do not contain any production data or account customizations. You can populate the account with the data you need for development and testing purposes. Using a development account, you can let outside partners develop something for you without them being able to see your company data.

What is Premium Sandbox?

Standard sandbox accounts are designed primarily for end-to-end testing and assume a lower traffic level than normal production accounts. For customers with high-performance needs or large volumes of data, NetSuite offers premium sandbox accounts. Premium sandboxes more closely simulate the behavior of production accounts in order to support high-volume automated performance testing. As with a standard sandbox, the premium offering replicates your organization’s configuration, customization, and data. Premium sandbox customer data can be refreshed at any time.

Using your accounts:

  • Development Account – Basic SuiteScript, SuiteFlow customization building, and testing that does not require customer data.
  • Single Sandbox – A single sandbox account can be purchased and is ideal for customers or consultants to develop customizations using SuiteScript or SuiteFlow.
  • Multiple Sandboxes – For larger, more complex projects—such as building several large SuiteScript applications in parallel—multiple sandboxes allow software.

Advantages of Using NetSuite Sandbox

Using a sandbox to test software changes before they go live means there are fewer problems during and after testing because the testing environment is totally separate from the production environment.


    • Avoid expensive application rewrites.
    • Test customizations before deployment.
    • Fix issues with existing customizations.
    • Try out third-party integration features.
    • Train employees on existing or new business practices.
    • Test transaction entries, record deletions and form customizations.
    • Allow IT operations teams to optimize environments.

Serge Ybanez

Serge is a Managing Partner, and also heads Sales and Business Development.

Published on: October 1, 2019