Force.com is the preeminent on-demand application development
platform in use today, supporting some 55,000+ organizations.
Individual enterprises and commercial software-as-a-service (SaaS)
vendors trust the platform to deliver robust, reliable, Internet-scale
applications. To meet the extreme demands of its large user
population, Force.com’s foundation is a metadata-driven software
architecture that enables multitenant applications.
The focus of this paper is multitenancy, a fundamental design
approach that can dramatically improve SaaS application
management. This paper defines multitenancy, explains its benefits,
and demonstrates why metadata-driven architectures are the premier
choice for implementing multitenancy.