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The Developer’s Guide to the Force.com Platform by Phil Choi, Andrew Fawcett, Glen Martin, Rick Greenwald

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What is the Force Platform?

Cloud computing, based on the amount of recent coverage, may seem like a brand new development, but salesforce.com has been delivering applications from the cloud for almost a decade. The Force Platform supports almost 50,000 customers, containin more than 1 million individual subscribers, running enterprise applications offered by salesforce.com, its associated independent software vendors (ISVs) and in-house and independent developers. There are more than 70,000 custom applications running on the Force Platform at the time of this writing in 2008, and the platform supports more than 150 million transactions a day.

Figure 1. The Force Platform compared with traditional platforms

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