To Offer DaaS Service, New Pricing Model, Competition

CRM and SaaS provider have announced that there Cloud Computing Architecture (our review here) is to now offer Development-as-a-Service (DaaS), a new pricing structure and a developer competition.

The DaaS service consists of a new set of development tools and APIs that allow enterprise developers to harness cloud computing. The tools offer full access to the database, logic and user interface capabilities of the Platform, unifying development and IT collaboration tools with Platform-as-a-Service. The new service includes a Metadata API, Integrated Development Environment (IDE), the Sandbox, and Code Share that all developers to build enterprise Software-as-a-Service applications.

The new pricing model includes a pay-per-login utility pricing model for the Platform and Development-as-a-Service. The model offers a cheaper alternative to companies that may use applications in the cloud less often, in theory making the service more affordable to use. cloud (per login) has a list price is $5.00 per login with a maximum of 5 logins per user per month, and will be offered at $0.99 per login to the end 2008. For more frequent users (more then 5 logins per month) must sign up to’s unlimited pricing plan of $50 per user per month. and Emergence Capital Partners have also announced a new competition, the $1 Million Challenge – a venture competition for entrepreneurs and companies building on the platform. Winners will receive a $1 million investment from Emergence Capital as well as space in’s AppExchange Incubator facility for one year. The winner will be announced in November at Dreamforce 2008.