Dreamforce ’10 update: Salesforce.com is running (just) 1,500 servers

beware the false cloud

Reviewing the keynotes, comments and blogs from Dreamforce ’10, Salesforce.com annual event. “It is the best one, yet” as the slogan echoed all over the Moscone.

In the first day keynote Marc Benioff made his bold but no longer new statement that if it is not multi-tenant then it is not really cloud. He supported that claim with some impressive updated numbers:

  • More than 80,000 customers
  • More than 185,000 applications on the force platform
  • Environment friendly with 90% less CO2 per transaction compared to traditional software
90% less energy than traditional software
90% less energy than traditional software

What is really amazing is that all of that is achieved with no proprietary hardware, running on only 1,500 standard Dell servers. It is achievable only due to the reuse and sharing of components you get in a full multi-tenancy architecture that is built like that through all the layers and there are very few vendors that can claim and prove this is really the way their solution work.

Marc Benioff also enjoyed punching the old nemesis Oracle and talked about them as trying to push “cloud in a box” and warn the crowd with “beware the false cloud”.

beware the false cloud
beware the false cloud

See the recording in youtube:



Author: dave

Consider myself kid in soul and naive by choice. I am interested in people, technology and business and thrive when they all work together. My favorite quote and motto is that “You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time” ― Bob Marley

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