Salesforce.com's New Salesforce Sandbox to Revolutionize and Accelerate Adoption of On-Demand Applications across the Enterprise

Salesforce Sandbox optimizes the power of AppExchange; gives companies freedom to evaluate, experience or build any number of on-demand business applications in full production test environment

Salesforce Sandbox provides "one-click" access to create fully replicated, highly scalable on-demand customer replica environment for customization, integration, testing, development and training purposes

SAN FRANCISCO — December 12, 2005 — Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the technology and market leader in on-demand customer relationship management (CRM), today announced Salesforce Sandbox, a new service that will provide customers a replica of their existing Salesforce deployment for streamlining the process of customizing, building and deploying new on-demand applications to enable them to manage and share information on-demand across their entire enterprise.

As the salesforce.com AppExchange has ushered in a new era of creativity, freedom and choice for customers, Salesforce Sandbox will help businesses take advantage of this opportunity to evaluate and implement brand new on-demand applications. Salesforce Sandbox will provide businesses "one-click" access to a fully replicated, on-demand production environment for customization, integration, testing, development and training purposes. Customers will be able to use Salesforce Sandbox to ensure success before deploying new on-demand applications into their live production environment. For example, Salesforce Sandbox will give enterprises the ability to test new applications installed from the AppExchange, evaluate new customizations or features before rolling them out to users, build a development environment for integration testing, or create a safe training environment for employees.

"Salesforce Sandbox will let our customers take full advantage of the AppExchange," said Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "With the AppExchange community and customer innovation driving incredible growth in new on-demand applications, companies are in turn requiring a more complete environment to drive on-demand success across their entire organizations. With a single click, Salesforce Sandbox will give customers the ability to deploy any number of new on-demand applications with confidence, whether they came from the AppExchange or were developed internally."

AppExchange is the world's first on-demand application sharing service. Announced at Dreamforce '05, the directory features 85 pre-built applications created by salesforce.com customers and partners. With AppExchange, companies are able to easily add new applications to their existing Salesforce deployments, extending their success and making the full power and creativity of the salesforce.com customer and partner community available with just a click. AppExchange can be found at www.salesforce.com/appexchange.

With the explosion of on-demand applications, IT managers need a means to extend on-demand success from CRM to the rest of their business. As enterprises desire to implement additional on-demand business applications via the AppExchange across finance, IT, human resources, legal, R&D and other departments, Salesforce Sandbox will deliver peace of mind for IT managers as they leverage the innovative community of salesforce.com customers, developers and partners to ensure that other areas of the enterprise can share in on-demand success.

"With Salesforce Sandbox, we benefit from being able to develop faster, thanks to a safe and cost-effective environment," said Tomoko Prokai, Sales Operations Manager, DoubleClick. "Salesforce Sandbox helps advance our CRM deployment with speed and success."

"The Sandbox release is an important tool for big kids," said Denis Pombriant, managing principal, Beagle Research Group. "Professional IT groups will appreciate the ability that the Sandbox release provides to separate production usage and development activities to two different environments. With the Salesforce Sandbox, IT professionals will be able to accelerate deployment of their on-demand applications into the enterprise. More importantly, this raises the bar for on demand enterprise computing. In the immediate future all on-demand enterprise solutions will be judged by whether or not they have this capability."

Features of the Salesforce Sandbox include:

  • Production Database Copy
    With a single click, an administrator will be able to create a complete copy of the organization's production database — all data and customizations will be re-created in a completely separate sandbox environment that can be used for configuration change testing, integration testing, or new user training.


  • Periodic Refresh
    Sandboxes will be able to be deleted and refreshed as needed, giving IT managers control over refresh initiation and automation. Refreshing will keep the sandbox in sync with any changes or updates made to the production environment.


  • Configuration-Only Salesforce Sandbox
    Companies will be able to elect to have all their corporate data and configurations modeled in the sandbox environment, or deploy a configuration-only version that will not include any production data.
Pricing and Availability Salesforce Sandbox will be available as an additional option for Enterprise Edition customers for $25 per month per existing Enterprise Edition user. Customers also have the option of purchasing the configuration-only version, without data, for $18 per month per existing Enterprise Edition user. Salesforce Sandbox will be part of the release of Winter '06, which is currently scheduled for later in the company's fourth quarter.

About Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com is the world’s largest provider of customer relationship management (CRM) software. For more information about salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), visit: www.salesforce.com/ap/.

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