In addition to leveraging Spring, developers can deploy applications based on Java technologies, including Plain Old Java Objects, JavaServer Pages, and Java Servlets.
Other components include Force.com Chatter services for collaboration as well as pre-built Force.com services for search, identity, security, workflow, Web services, and mobile deployment.
The Force.com relational database will provide capabilities like scalability, high availability, auto-tuning, and disaster recovery, Salesforce.com and VMware said. The Salesforce.com trusted global infrastructure features such security accreditations as ISO 27001, SysTrust, and SAS70 Type II.
VMware and Salesforce.com are not yet announcing pricing for deploying on VMforce.
Salesforce.com also is positioning VMforce as part of the company's so-called "Cloud 2" concept, which involves enabling enterprise applications to have capabilities similar to popular social networks, such as viewing user profiles and seeing their pictures.
Google has enabled Java development on its Google App Engine platform, but Stahl said VMforce is more geared to enterprise applications than Google. Asked if VMforce fills a gap left by the never-launched Sun Cloud service, Stahl said he was not familiar enough with that project, which was canceled by Oracle after it acquired Sun.
Kaplan said he did not see VMforce as a response to the ill-fated Sun Cloud effort. "This is aimed at helping make people more comfortable with using Force.com," Kaplan said.
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