New Force.com Free Edition Makes Enterprise Cloud Computing Free for Every Business

Companies can now build and run their first application or Web site on the Force.com cloud platform at no cost

The Force.com cloud platform sets the enterprise standard for development and deployment in the cloud with no hardware and no software

SAN FRANCISCO - June 15, 2009 - Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing company, today announced Force.com Free Edition, a new offering that provides everything companies need to build and run their first cloud computing app - for free.

Force.com is salesforce.com's enterprise cloud computing platform. It provides everything companies need to quickly build and deliver business applications in the cloud, including the database, unlimited real-time customization, powerful analytics, real-time workflow and approvals, programmable cloud logic, integration, real-time mobile deployment, programmable user interface and Web site capabilities.

Force.com provides companies the fastest way to build and run applications and Web sites in real time without requiring any software or hardware infrastructure. 

Already, customers and partners have built more than 110,000 business applications on Force.com, from manufacturing, finance, and supply chain management to brand management, claims processing and order management, and much more.

Industry research has shown that building apps in the cloud on Force.com is 5 times faster and less costly than on-premise alternatives.  Force.com Free Edition will allow companies to further extend their success with salesforce.com by enabling them to build and run their first app or Web site in the cloud for free, for up to 100 users.

Force.com Free Edition - Free Cloud Computing For Everyone
Force.com Free Edition provides everything companies need to get started building their first app in the cloud and deploy it to up to 100 users. Force.com Free Edition includes:

  • the comprehensive capabilities of the Force.com platform
  • one custom app
  • one Web site with up to 250,000 page views per month
  • up to 10 custom objects (custom database tables) per user
  • a sandbox development environment to test the app or site before deploying it
  • free online training
  • a library of sample applications.

Force.com Free Edition provides companies a great way to get started with cloud computing. Companies that want to expand their usage to more than one app, more than 100 users, or more than one Web site can then upgrade to a commercial subscription to Force.com.

Availability
Force.com Free Edition is now available. To sign up, please visit http://www.force.com/.
Force.com Free Edition is initially only available in the United States.

Force.com Edition pricing begins at $25/user/month.

Comments on the News:
"Now more than ever, companies are asking how they can run everything in the cloud," said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. "Force.com Free Edition will enable every company to experience success with cloud computing. This will empower anyone to build and run their first cloud computing app for free on Force.com."

"Making Force.com available for free will accelerate the adoption of enterprise cloud computing," said Rebecca Wetteman, vice president, Nucleus Research. "Customers have told us they get hooked on Force.com after building their first app. Using Force.com to build and deliver apps five times faster and at less cost is very attractive for IT departments."

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