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Salesforce.com debuts cloud database in competition with Oracle

Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing firm, has introduced a database-as-a-service (DbaaS) product, Database.com at its annual conference, Dreamforce, in San Francisco.

Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing firm, has introduced a database-as-a-service (DbaaS) product, Database.com at its annual conference, Dreamforce, in San Francisco.

Database.com is multi-tenant software architecture that can be used with any language, such as Java, C# and .Net, any platform and any device. It allows developers to build enterprise applications more easily and address problems IT departments face when deploying and managing on-premise relational databases, said the company.

During a keynote speech, Salesforce.com's CEO, Marc Benioff, told 14,000 attendees that databases are moving to the cloud.

"Database.com is the world's first enterprise database built for the cloud," he said.

Marc Benioff added that the database layer has been broken away from Force.com to be made available to enterprises as a standalone service. The service will be powered by Oracle's database software and Force.com's infrastructure.

When asked about its competition with Oracle, Benioff told reporters, "I love Oracle. Larry's my mentor. Sometimes we compete, sometimes we partner. I honestly don't see us as a competitor to them."

Other features include full text search, user management, row-level security, triggers and stored procedures, authentication and APIs as well as single sign-on, SSL and identity confirmation.

Database.com will be available next year with pricing at around $10 (£6) a user per month. The first 100,000 records and 50,000 transactions a month are free.

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