The Salesforce1 extension App Cloud integrates social, mobile, and cloud in a way that lets developers focus on code, not infrastructure.
Salesforce recently announced an integrated developer platform called App Cloud. The platform is the latest attempt by the world's most successful Software as a Service (SaaS) company to consolidate its developer offerings.
App Cloud is an extension of Salesforce1, which is an initiative to bring social, mobile, and cloud platforms together for enterprise developers. This integrated architecture is an augmentation of the Heroku developer platform and the Salesforce Lightning mobile framework to deliver the unified development experience. According to Salesforce, App Cloud lets developers focus on building solutions rather than infrastructure.
Empowering developers to focus on code rather than infrastructure has been the original promise of Platform as a Service (PaaS). Through App Cloud, Salesforce is connecting the dots across its CRM, mobile tools, and core developer platform to deliver a unified PaaS.
Heroku: The original PaaS
In 2010, Salesforce spent a whopping $212 million to acquire Heroku, which it maintained as a separate entity. Led by an ex-Microsoft and ex-VMware executive, Todd Nielson, Heroku is one of the most successful PaaS offerings in the market. Nielson knows a thing or two about building developer platforms; he successfully set up the MSDN community at Microsoft and built up the initial momentum for Cloud Foundry at VMware.
Though Heroku initially started as a Ruby platform in the cloud, it added support for Node.js, Python, Java, PHP, and Go languages. Developers prefer Heroku for its simplicity and performance. Interestingly, Heroku doesn't share the data centers powering Salesforce's CRM; instead, Heroku is running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure.
With the growing interest in PaaS and micro services in the industry, the company has announced Heroku Enterprise, an enterprise-friendly PaaS running on the public cloud. Customers demanding a private and isolated environment within Heroku can rely on a new feature called Private Spaces that enables the customer's IT teams to securely connect the data center with Heroku PaaS.
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