Database.com from SalesForce – The Enterprise Database for the Cloud

Today SalesForce launched Database.com, which is going to be an enterprise level database that lives in the cloud. That means it does not matter what server platform such as Linux or Windows you are using or what programming language you are using such as PHP, ASP.NET, Java, Ruby, etc. to interact with the database. All of the database programming I have worked with before required me to pick a specific type of server such as a Linux box, which means I would be limited to only the databases that are available on Linux such as MySQL and most of the time meant I had to pick and stick with a specific programming language such as PHP. It’s not really an option to use ASP.NET with a Linux server and a MySQL database, so I have a feeling that Database.com is going to be HUGE. The interface is much slicker and prettier than something like phpMyAdmin. You can also manage all of your databases from one nice looking dashboard. And perhaps most importantly, Database.com promises to be fully scalable and elastic automatically so you don’t need to worry about exceeding a memory limit or maxing out the number of simultaneous connections causing your database and web application to crash and burn. Again, I think this is going to be freaking huge! Check out the video below: