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Force.com: Salesforce Moves into the Platform Business

Apr 21, 2008, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Turner)

"One of the more interesting technologies I've been exposed to in the past year is the Force.com platform. Salesforce.com, well known for their Software as a Service CRM product, has taken the expertise they've garnered delivering a high-capacity application to a global market, and used it to offer the underlying infrastructure to application developers.

"If you imagine the 'Platform as a Service' landscape as a spectrum, you have offerings like Amazon's EC2 at one end. EC2 is essentially a VM-based technology with some scalability infrastructure, but you have to roll everything else yourself, from persistence to failover. In the middle, you have products like Google's App Engine, which allow you to deploy an application with many of the underlying nuts-and-bolts concerns handled by Google, but is still essentially a deployment environment that you hand-code Python with..."

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