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Salesforce’s Database in the Clouds

By Guy Harrison

Salesforce.com is well known as the pioneer of software as a service (SaaS) - the provision of hosted applications across the internet.  Salesforce launched its SaaS CRM (Customer Relationship Management) product more than 10 years ago, and today claims over 70,000 customers.

It's less widely known that Salesforce.com also has been a pioneer in platform as a service (PaaS), and is one of the first to provide a comprehensive internet-based application development stack.  In 2007 - way before the current buzz over cloud development platforms such as Microsoft Azure - Salesforce launched the Force.com platform, which allowed developers to run applications on the same multi-tenant architecture ... read on.